The Best Bow For Bow Hunting : How To Choose
There is very good information on how to choose the right bow for you when you decide to take up the art of bow hunting .
These instructions give you all the ways to measure and choose what is the right way to go.
All new bow hunters sport or hunting should use this process…
How to Choose the Best Bow for Hunting
So you’re in the market for a bow? Just don’t be overwhelmed with all the terminology and acronyms you’ve read . Choosing the best bow for hunting is a simple process, and well worth the little bit of time it will take.
If you complete these easy steps , you’ll be ready to start choosing a bow right away!
First, determine your eye dominance. The fancy name for this is “ocular dominance,” which basically means that your brain prefers visual input from one eye over the other.
Your dominant eye is usually the same side as your writing hand, but “cross-dominance” is not uncommon. Eye dominance is easily tested:
- Place your hands at arm’s length, and press your thumbs and forefingers together to form a triangular opening.
- Keeping both eyes open, look through the triangle and center it on something, like a doorknob.
- Now close one eye, then the other. If you can’t close one of your eyes by blinking, have someone cover it for you.
Notice how the door knob stays in place with one eye, but “jumps” with the other eye? Your dominant eye keeps the doorknob centered in the triangle.
Next, determine your draw length.
Stand up straight with both arms and hands extended to your sides. Have a friend measure from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other middle finger in a straight line. Divide that number by 2.5. This calculation estimates a suitable draw length for you.
This might sounds like a car’s measurement, but axle-to-axle length plays a big part in buying a bow. The axle-to-axle measurement is the length between the bow’s cams .
Why does this measurement matter? Because you want a bow that fits the type of hunting you’ll be doing.
Now let’s figure out your draw weight. That is, how many pounds can you draw?
There’s no magic formula for determining draw weights. Therefore, start with a low-poundage bow, especially if you’ve never drawn one before. It might feel weird at first, but the more you use your bow-shooting muscles, the more weight you’ll be able to draw.
Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to find quality bows with versatile draw lengths and draw weights. Today’s bows “grow” with you as you progress.
No matter which bow you buy, have fun! Bowhunting is a skilled, rewarding way to hunt, whether you shoot anything or not.
Article / Photo : Matt Coffey