You can't just walk in to a store pick up a bow, pay, and walk
out. Buying a bow is like buying a new pair of shoes. It has to fit you.
This insures no extra variables in a shot.
When you go to get your bow
they will probably give you a bow with a draw weight of around
25 to 30 pounds. They have
a arrow that is about 35 inches in length with markings that tell them
how long your draw length is.
Then you need to find an
anchor point. This is the place that you draw to every time. They may have
you hold the string with 2 fingers, draw it back, and then bend your finger
at the joint, and place it on the inside of your cheek. You may have a
different anchor point so it is up to you to tell the person what feels
comfortable and what doesn't .If you see a bow you like and they don't
have your size. Don't go ahead and get it anyway. look around and you may
find something else or contact the manufacturer of the bow.
You need to find how much
you can pull back. DON'T get a bow that you have to tug and strain to
pull back. People won't think you are a dork if you can only pull back
a little amount of weight. But they will think you are a dork if you strain
each time. You may also want to invest in a Bow arm exerciser. It looks
like a sling shot with rubber tubing that you can pull back each day to
strengthen up. I promise you, as you get the feel for shooting and work
those muscles " some that haven't been worked before" YOU WILL BE ABLE
TO MORE WEIGHT! . Remember some bow dealers (not all), but some, will
try to sell you anything, so ask around and go to the dealer with the best
Telling the difference between
bows can be tough. Here are some rules that will help you pick the right
bow every time.
hope these tips help you in purchasing a new bow. It never hurts to ask
questions and talk to people who have shot the bow.Bring along someone
who is experienced in buying a bow, or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
I will help you all I can.
heavy is the bow when you pick it up? If it is to heavy it's going
to do a number on the arm when you shoot it or romp around in the woods
all day. 4 pounds is about the most weight I'll take.
the bow durable? There is no use in buying a cheaply manufactured bow
that will fall apart in a year. A bow is a big purchase and should be chosen
wisely. Check for cracks in the limbs " arms" of the bow and loose parts.
Some bows get dry fired in the bow shops and you do not want a broken bow.
Cracked limbs, splitting bow strings and loose cams can cause injury to
you and bystanders so inspect the bow carefully.
the bow be easy to setup and maintain? Newer archers make the awful
mistake of getting in over their heads and end up with alot of frustration.
If your like me, when you get frustrated with something, or it takes to
much time and energy to do, you don't want to do it. If Bowhunting.net
or the Young Bowhunters Club recruits you as a new archer or bow hunter,
we want you to be a part of the family forever. Its a sport that truly
grows on you and will bring you a lifetime of enjoyment if you start off
on the right foot. So get something easy to maintain. One cam bows take
timing out of the picture and I would recommend them to newer archers.
the bow draw and shoot smoothly? This is another important factor.
You don't want a strain or a bumpy draw. This can cause all kinds of problems
with the arrows bumping around, accidental releases and dry fires " shooting
a bow without an arrow in it "
the bow quiet? Another important factor. If you bow is noisy then the
animal your hunting is going to duck and run before the arrow gets there.
Even though arrows these days fly at high speeds, an animals reflexes usually
get the luck of the draw. Noisy bows can make for misses and bad shots.
The person selling you the bow usually will give you a chance to shoot
it. If he or she doesn't want you shooting it before you buy it go elsewhere.
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