The perfect compound bow for bow hunters
300 + feet per second
Today’s bow hunters have at their disposal archery equipment that is dependable, lightweight, powerful and capable of sending a hunting arrow at speeds over 300 fps (feet per second). Bow hunters beware; a hunting bow with a brace height of less than 71/2 inches will be less forgiving when your shooting form is less than perfect. Say like shooting out of a ground blind, tree stand, uphill or downhill.
Where power comes from
It works like this; remember power stroke is the distance an arrow travels on the bowstring, starting with the arrow nocked and the bow at full draw. When the bowstring is released, the more time an arrow has the bowstring transferring the stored energy of the limbs into the arrow shaft, the faster it will fly. However, the more time an arrow nock is in contact with the bowstring, there is more of a chance for the arrow flight to be effected by less than perfect shooting form, a bad release, or bowstring hitting the sleeve of your hunting jacket. The bottom line, short brace height, less forgiving and more arrow speed, more brace height, more forgiving and slower arrow speed. What does all this mean you ask, for me after 30 plus years shooting a bow, give me more forgiveness, more brace height, and a little less neck breaking speed.
Why a bow is forgiving, easy to shoot
Valley is another design element of today’s bows that is critical to shoot ability. The valley is the area of the bowstring’s travel between the wall, which is the limit of the bowstrings rearward travel, and the point where the bowstring moving away from the wall, jumps out of your hand as the bowstring travels forward when shooting an arrow.
The point here is no valley is bad for a hunting set-up, because it has the shooter constantly pulling into the wall, making it hard to hold on target for those long periods. Say like when waiting for the buck of a lifetime to step out from behind a tree.
A good valley, will on the other hand, allow you, the shooter to relax a bit without the fear of the bow yanking your release out of your hand while holding the bow at full draw. A little creeping, without having to struggle with the wall is ok. While waiting for that monster buck to step into your shooting lane. For example, of a Bow that lives up to its billing, check out Bear Archery’s Attack compound bow it is, smooth on the draw, forgiving to shoot, has good brace height, good speed and a 80% let-off with a modular change draw length.
Do you practice shooting your bow the way you should
Practice, practice, practice, there is no one thing more important to an archer than to practice shooting their bow. You simply must ,practice shooting standing up, practice shooting setting down, practice shooting from your tree stand, and ground blind. You really need to practice shooting in the rain, practice shooting early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and by all means, practice shooting from the shade into the sunny areas and from the sunny areas into the shadows and the trees.
Best of luck and I wish you much Bow Hunting Success, Mike
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