Bow hunting is thrilling, but it can also be quite a frustrating experience if you can’t hit your target. In order to be accurate, you will need an appropriate bow. Choosing the right compound bow takes some time. Here are the factors you have to consider:
The draw length – the distance a bow draws before the string stops. Too short of a draw length will decrease the accuracy of the bow and increase the aiming difficulty. The anchor point can’t be reached at short draw lengths either. If the draw length is too long, the archer will experience bad shooting form, which leads to higher levels of torque and tension and increase in inaccuracy. Proper draw length will give you consistency, form, safety and accuracy.
The draw weight – it should match your strength. It’s true that the heavier the draw weight, the faster the speeds will be, but it’s more important to find a draw weight that you can hold steady and without much stress. As a hunter, you should be aware that you might be drawn back for longer periods of time while you wait for the shot. If the draw weight you chose is too heavy, you won’t be able to hold it for long, which will nullify your chances to get a successful shot.
The length of the bow – this also plays a major role. The length determines maneuverability, as well as stability. Shorter bows are better for hunters as they can be controlled much more easily on treestands or in the fields. The average size of hunting bows is 30 to 32 inches.
Speed and noise – Faster arrows translate to more kinetic energy. If a bow can fire heavier arrows at higher speeds, you will get more penetration. Hunters prefer silent bows; the most silent bows are the ones with lowest energy loss – the lower the energy loss, the less energy transfers to vibration that causes sound. You can also purchase vibration dampeners to silence the bow.
Ready-to-shoot or a bare bow? As the name suggests, a ready to shoot bow will come with all the accessories (arrow rest, quiver, sight). If you purchase a bare bow, you will need to purchase the accessories as well. Also make sure to match the arrows to your bow – the arrows should match the draw length and weight of your bow.