Bow Stabilizer

A stabilizer serves two main functions. The first is to hold the bow steady and more stable, hence its name. From this comes a secondary advantage with using a stabilizer and this is that it reduces hand shock and vibration. I’ll explain why this is important in just a moment.

Firstly we should examine what a stabilizer is made of so we can understand how it works. In the past they were metal tubes. Metal is a rather heavy material and although you want to add some weight, because this is what keeps the bow stable, you don’t want to make it too heavy. So these days the body of the stabilizer is made from carbon or AMS plastics. Carbon is ideal because it is a durable, lightweight material that is also rigid enough to perform properly.

A dampening device allows the stabilizer to perform its second function, that of … Read the rest

Recurve Target Archery

In Recurve Bow, the archer holds his bow with the hand opposite his dominant eye. This hand is called the bow hand and the arm is called the bow arm. His opposite hand, the one in line with his dominant eye, is called the drawing hand and is the one that draws the string of the bow. This hand is often called the bow holder or the string elbow. People whose dominant eye is the right eye hold their bow with their left hand and face the target with their left side. They draw the string and release the arrow with their right hand. Some turn or tilt their heads and aim using their right dominant eye. People with their left as their dominant follow the opposite.

There are several steps involved in shooting an arrow effectively using the recurve bow. The first step is achieving the correct position. The … Read the rest

Archery Arrow Rest

With all the technology in archery going on today, one of the most important devices on your compound bow is the arrow rest. Many bowhunters have problems while trying to perfect their arrow flight when using broadheads, even though their arrows have been spined correctly and there are no mechanical problems with their bow. You’ve paper tested your arrow and you cannot get rid of the wobble. The problem, more often than not, is contact with your arrow fletching with your arrow rest. Maybe you have tried using smaller fletching, but then your broadhead tends to steer your arrow when using a saddle type of arrow rest.

The newly styled type of fall-away archery arrow rest has many advantages over the traditional style of a cradle type of arrow rest. The fall-away arrow rest will eliminate any contact made by your fletching. This will help improve your arrow flight and … Read the rest

Archery Equipment

If you have selected to use a recurve bow in your bow hunting or archery endeavors, than you should consider investing in a bow stringer.

A bow stringer is important and considered essential equipment for archery because restringing a recurve bow is hard to do, and if you don’t use the bow stringer you take the risk of damaging your bow.

To correctly use this essential piece of archery equipment you first slide the biggest loop of your string over the bow’s top limb. Next you attach the other loop of the string to the tip of the other limb.

Now you hold the archery bow stringer. You’ll notice one end has a saddle while the other end has a cup. Slide the archery bow stringer’s saddle over the bow’s top limb winding the smaller cup over the tip of the bow’s other limb. This is the limb onto which … Read the rest

Archery Bow Making

You can use many materials when constructing your bow. For instance you can use ash, yew or bamboo wood. The material is up to you, and some will work better than others, but for the purpose of this article we will use yew wood. Here are the steps you need to take in order to construct a bow.

First off, you will need a sharp knife and axe, a piece o straight, unflawed yew wood and some kind of string that isn’t to stretchy.

Carve the wood so that it looks slightly like a boomerang. Next take the string (rawhide works well) and wax it. This is to protect it from the elements more than anything.

Now make some arrows. They have to fit the bow itself, and the arrows usually have fire hardened tips. The arrows should be short enough that they won’t break on contact.

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Archery Stances

For the beginner, we have the even stance. It is a position that you can take that will allow you to have consistence in your accuracy and also a stance that is easy to get in to. But as all the stances, there are some downsides to using it. You don’t have much support around you when you use it. It’s easy to be knocked off balance and it doesn’t offer much strength. Falling when in the even stance is also another concern to take into consideration when deciding which ones you will want to use the most. For those shooters that have a broad chest, it does tend to lower the string-clearance area. If you want a very stable, wide stance, you might want to go with the open stance. What it also does is reduces the tendency a lot of novice shooters have which is to lean your … Read the rest

Improve Your Archery

Most hunters start hunting with guns, until someone comes along and talks them into trying bow hunting. Many times deer season starts earlier than the more traditional method of using guns. That in itself is a big motivation for many hunters, as they will get more time to hunt!

Another advantage is that it is usually legal to take a doe during archery season. What hunter would not like getting to hunt the woods earlier and possibly take a trophy whitetail deer. They look at it as more time in the woods, more chances to get a deer. Simple really. Or is it?

In areas such as Florida, bow hunting season, for the archery pros, opens in late September, where 85 – 90 degree temperatures and 90% humidity are par for the course. Also in Florida that is the beginning of hurricane season which usually manages to dump additional rain … Read the rest

Dangers of Dry Firing a Bow

There are a few outcomes that could happen when a bow is dry-fired, the first is that your bowstring, and cables could snap resulting in your limbs breaking and potential debris flying all over the place. This is basically the worst case scenario. The second scenario is that your string breaks however everything else stays intact, and the third possibility is that it will appear that nothing has happened to the bow.

No matter what scenario your bow falls into after being dry-fired, the first thing you will need to do is to get a magnifying glass and a bright light and look over the limbs especially near the cams for any cracking, or splintering. If you find that one of both limbs have cracks or splinters in them then you will have to replace the limbs before you are able to shoot again.

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Consistent Crossbow Shooting

To begin with, set up a bag target in a safe place. Using 100-grain field tips, practice shooting your crossbow at the target. If its the same arrow that is shooting inconsistently most of the time, then most probably the problem lies with the arrow and not the bow itself. Replace the arrow and try again.

Before hunting season, use fixed-blade broadheads instead of field tips since you are going to use them in the hunting season. Re-adjust your sight and then try shooting at a broadhead target. Keep practicing, shooting and adjusting until you hit the bull’s eye. Repeat this step and try it out with all the arrows you plan to use, because you may find a few arrows that just would not go straight. Do remember to sharpen them after all the hours of practice. Do the same thing if you are using expandable broadheads.

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Select Bowsights

To most archers, having a bowsight is crucial to helping them perfect their shot. The bowsight, together with the archer’s skills determine whether the next shot is a hit or a miss. What the bowsight can give is the added accuracy. However, it is not as simple as merely “having” one.

Choosing and using the right bow sights is essential to performing to the standard you want to. There are a variety of designs and thus effectiveness for bowsights. Gradually, through practice and practice, the archer will grow accustomed to the use of the bowsight

Fixed pin sights are the most prevalent. Sights are fastened to the bow either by attaching directly to the bow riser or by a dovetail system. It is a a two part mounting where a metal bracket is affixed to the riser and a sight bracket holding the sight body can be quickly mounted by … Read the rest