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Archery Hunting Tips Part I: Choosing the Right Bow & Bow Accessories

Updated on January 23, 2012
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This hub is for those of you who want to take up the challenge of archery hunting. Choosing the right bow can make all the difference of whether or not you harvest that deer. Here are the things you need to look for when purchasing a bow.

The first thing you need to decide when purchasing a bow is if you want a certain brand name of bow. There are a lot of popular names floating around out there such as Hoyt, Matthews, PSE, Bear, etc. Let's be honest though, does the name really mean that much? Only to some. If it were up to me, I would shoot the bow with everything I want on it.

Next, if you are looking for good qualities in a bow and not the name, you should look for FPS (Feet Per Second). The higher the FPS, the faster your bow with shoot. The faster the bow you have, the less likely a deer is going to duck your arrow.

After that, make sure you have a bow that you can pull back. This is where you look at the pounds. More than likely, females won't be able to pull back as much as a man. Try to find a bow with a wide range of adustable poundage, so that you can find your comfortable pull back weight.

Now lets talk about accessories. When purchasing a bow, if you can buy a bow package, you will save money. If you can't or don't want to buy the package, here's what you can get.

One thing you need on your bow is an arrow rest. You have 2 options here. You can buy the arrow rest that comes up when you draw the bow, or you can purchase a whisker biscuit. Here's my opinion on the rest. I would never purchase a whisker biscuit. The reason for this is because you want your arrow to be as free sailing as possible. When it passes through the whisker biscuit, that's just one more thing that could throw the arrow off. Other people have other opinions about this, but that's mine!

Another accessory to consider is your sight. There are different types of sights to choose from, you need to decide which you like the most. There are single pin sights that you adjust for the yardage that the deer is at. There are 3 pin sights that are fixed at certain yardages. There are also 5 pin fixed sights that are fixed at 5 different yardages. I shoot with a 3 pin fixed sight and that's the sight I would prefer. They are all accurate as long as you practice with them and sight them in correctly. A disadvantage to the single pin is that you are using extra movement when a deer is near to change the yardage of the pin. You may even miss your shot if it comes and goes too quickly. A disadvantage of the fixed pins are that they cannot be accureately shot at yardages other than what they are set for. Also, you may have trouble focusing on one pin with them all being so close together.

Two Optional accessories to get on the bow are a peep sight and a kisser button. A peep sight is on the back string of the bow and opens when you draw it. It allows you to look through it to your sight, providing you with consistency. If you can't see through the peep, something's messed up. A kisser button is also on the back string and fits into the corner of your mouth when the bow is drawn. This is another form of consistency. Each time you place the kisser button on the mouth, it should be at the exact same spot. This helps accuracy as well.

The last 2 accessories that you should have on your bow go hand in hand. One is the stabilizer, which screws into the front of the bow to help stabilize it after the shot. The other accessory is a limb saver, and actually you should have 2 of these; one at the top and one at the bottom. These can be purchased and put on yourself, as well as the stabilizer. The lim savers reduce vibration and noise when you're shooting for an extra quiet bow.

Keep all of these things in mind when purchasing a bow, and remember to get what you are comfortable with. You're the one shooting the bow, not someone else!

What is the bow you would choose?

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