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Archery Accessories Needed to Take Your Game to the Next Level
There is no magic fix
Before you continue reading this article, I want to make sure that you know there is no accessory on the planet that will fix a poor shot. If this is what you were looking for, then you might be better off going elsewhere for your information. They way that most of us have gotten better throughout the years is by remaining diligent with our practice. With that being said, the items that I will mention to you can help you greatly refine your shot if you use them to their fullest. Using these archery accessories could potentially help you balance out some minor imperfections in your shooting game and take you to that next level in your archery journey.
Above is a picture of the items that I would suggest. I participate in archery shoots, but I also enjoy bowhunting, so this package is indicative of that situation. If you are interested in getting your accessories strictly for archery, then they would look a little bit different, but the concept would still be the same. You want to make sure that you have a firm understanding of how you want to use your bow because your optimal accessories will vary slightly.
Step One: Arrow Rests
What type of arrow rest should I get?
The type of arrow rest that will benefit you the most will depend on what type of bow you are shooting and how you plan on using your bow. It is best for people to keep that in the back of your mind as you are looking for your arrow rest.
The first thing that you should know is that there are basically two ways for you to shoot from your archery bow. The first is shooting "off the shelf" and the other is by using an arrow rest. If you hope to be successful in this sport, then you should absolutely go with an arrow rest. Getting the arrow rest to compliment your setup will help your arrows fly straighter and hence should make you a more accurate shooter.
Any arrow rest will suffice for most of the shooting that your everyday shooter will participate in. There are drop aways, brush, capture, whisker biscuits, etc. that are out there. They each have their claim to fame, and in my honest opinion it really depends on what you are the most comfortable with. Most shooters out there who hunt tend to lean towards the whisker/brush/capture style of arrow rest because they are optimal during windy outdoor conditions and they are easy to setup. Archery shooters tend to be in favor of the drop away arrow rests as they provide ample fletching clearance. .
Step Two: Bow Sights/Peep Sights
Once you have the arrow rest situation squared away, you can decide whether you want a bow sight or if you would prefer to leaver your bow without one. If you are shooting a compound bow then I would suggest that you get a fiber optic sight. They make them in various pin grouping, with the most popular being 3, 5, and 7 pins. They also make them in various sizes such as .019 and .029. You would choose the size that is best suited to your hunting conditions. I have found that .029 is good for most situations, but that .019 is optimal for my shooting needs. You would get a peep sight to help you aim.
When it comes to shooting a recurve (or anything with a traditional feel to it) I would suggest that you install your nocking point and nothing else. This will help your shots remain consistent. Most of the risers that are on the market will have pre-fabricated holes on the riser that will allow you to install a bow sight, but it is just my preference to leave it as basic as possible.
Step Three: Bow Stabilizers
The next thing that I would suggest for the aspiring shooters out there is a good stabilizer. This specific bow accessory will not only help you absorb some of the hand shock that is associated with the heavier bows, but it will also help reduce noise and aid in stabilizing the bow. If you have a recurve bow, then I would suggest that you get one of these as well. The only thing is that you need to ensure that you have a prefabricated hole on the riser. Otherwise, you would not be able to use it. If you are looking to do target archery then I would recommend that you get a longer stabilizer. For most other purposes, I would say that you are good purchasing one that is anywhere between 3-4''.
D-Loop, Bow Sling, Allen Wrenches
In terms of archery accessories, everything that has been mentioned above will be more then enough to help you progress along nicely. I would however, like to add some optional items that are always great to have.
- If you are shooting a compound, or if you plan on using a release aid then it is always a good idea to have some D-Loop string so that you can install one yourself. If you are shooting a recurve then I do not think that this is a necessity.
- If you can get a bow sling, I would suggest doing so. It can prevent accidents from happening by tethering the bow to your wrist.
- If you have not already done so, I would suggest getting a set of allen wenches because mostly all of the bows on the market use a combination of them throughout their archery bows. If you are looking to service your own rig, then this is a must have.