Setting Up The Perfect Hunting Bow =LINK=
We love the Bear Archery Cruzer G2. It is adjustable to fit anyone and you can take it from target practice to deer hunting. It is the perfect entry level compound bow the can grow with you and last for years.
Setting Up the Perfect Hunting Bow
The Diamond Edge 320 is a very high quality hunting bow that is adjustable to fit anyone. It is also durable enough to last hunting season after hunting season. With proper care, you will handing down this bow to the next generation.
The Uprising has a lot of adjustability, however not as much as some of our other recommendations with a draw weight range of 12 to 72 lbs and an adjustable draw length of 14" to 30" this high performance hunting bow will fit any woman out there.
The Genesis is a great entry level compound bow for kids and is an awesome tool for furthering the sport of archery, just know in advance that you are going to have to upgrade bows as your child gets stronger and wants to move onto hunting.
During an Ohio deer hunting trip, one of our Pro Staff members had to hold his bow at full draw for almost a minute while waiting for his buck to offer a broadside shot. He never would have been able to do that without Let-Off. Here is his buck below.
There is a popular misconception that parallel limb compound bows are quieter than traditional shaped limbs, but the truth is that the sound difference is not discernable with the human ear and really makes very little difference, even when hunting deer.
A: You should spend between $250-$400 on your first compound bow if you want to be able to use it for bowhunting and high performance target shooting. You can spend more, but it is really not necessary. All of the beginner level compound bows in our list above are under $500 and most are under $400.
A: A recurve bow is much easier to maintain, as it has no moving parts, but modern compound bows are much faster and more enjoyable to shoot. If you intend to use the bow for hunting, there is no substitute for the compound bow. Hunting with a recurve is much more difficult and requires a tremendous amount of practice and skill to become a successful hunter. Regardless of the type of bow you choose, take the time to become proficient enough to make a quick clean kill on the game that you choose to hunt. Click here for a guide to choosing the right recurve bow.
A: Yes, you can hunt with a 40lb bow. A 40 lb compound bow will generate enough speed and kinetic energy to make a clean, humane kill on a whitetail deer. If you are planning to hunt bigger game animals, you would need a higher draw weight. Check with the game laws in the state that you are going to hunt to be sure that you are using a legal draw weight for the game you are after. Also be sure to match your hunting arrows to your bow draw weight.
We have also given you our top recommendations for the best beginner compound bow for everyone in your family. These recommendations come from archery and bowhunting experts that spend a significant amount of time teaching both sports.
Maps will always be the lifeline and center of discussion when it comes to doing anything on your property, be it hunting, managing, or just plain strategizing. It makes sense to use a variety of apps and maps to get as much detail on paper as possible. Now onto the fun part, setting the stage for successful bow hunts.
With the shorter ranges involved, even bow hunting with a compound bow is a much more intimate experience than hunting with a gun. It also demands more of the hunter in terms of skill, patience and perseverance. Unlike hunting with a gun, success during archery season depends on your ability to capitalize on an opportunity to close the distance and take a well-placed shot.
Early archery season is widely considered the best time for bow hunting deer. This is especially true of bow hunting opening day when deer are not yet too fearful of the sight of humans out in the wild. Deer are also more intent on feasting on the abundance of summertime food, making them easier to ambush as they travel from their afternoon grazing areas to reach their evening meal.
It is best to hunt in the evening. Warm weather feeding patterns often keep deer in or near food sources from the evening until early morning. Often unsuspecting crossbow hunters are busted by a field full of deer as they make their early morning walk to the stand. You can avoid this by sleeping in and hunting in the evening. This way, you are not blowing deer out or educating deer about your stand location.
The closer it gets to opening day of archery season, the less often you should be on the property. Make sure your tree stand is set up for you and your draw length. Well ahead of opening day, make sure you can draw without obstruction. Many beginners find that pulling back on an actual buck is much harder than pulling back on the target in the backyard. Adjust your draw weight accordingly. If your compound bow is hard to draw in the backyard, you will really struggle to pull back when a buck walks out. Try to set yourself up so you have a solid hunting strategy a week or two before opening day and then leave it alone.
Regardless of whether you arm yourself with a compound bow or with a rifle, hunting the late season demands more of the hunter than any other period. The colder weather makes the hunt far less comfortable, deer are warier of humans and more involved techniques are typically required to have any chance at success.
When setting yourself up for a winter hunt, look for rich sources of wintering food. Fields with cover crops, standing crops and other easily accessible sources of nutrition attract deer from miles around. Find a bed-to-food path and start your patterning there to find the best place to set up an ambush.
Second axis adjustment will allow you to adjust the vertical lean of your pins, both left and right, to lie perfectly vertical in relation to the earth. Like the first axis, if this is out of whack you will notice groups that tend to deviate left or right of your intended target in increasing increments as the shot distance is increased. This is an adjustment that every quality sight should, and usually does, include. This level will become increasingly important when shooting steep side hill shots as the shooter will tend to lean to the downhill side inadvertently. Having a properly set second axis will allow the shooter to correct for this natural lean and execute an accurate shot.
If you do not have a bow vice there are a few tricks to get around that. By setting the lower limb on a dining room table (after asking the wife for permission) clamps can be used to secure the bow. Shims may also be needed to ensure that it is square. Additionally, a square and level wall can also be used by simply holding the bow firmly against the wall (this may be a two person job).
I like to start by removing the head on my sight as this will simply add more weight to a portion of my sight that I'm trying to adjust in the slightest amounts. Locate your first axis adjustment screws (refer to your owner's manual) and find a flat surface on the slider to use as your leveling plane. I will generally switch to a string level for this step as they are much smaller and easier to work with. Adjust as needed until the roving portion of the slider is perfectly vertical. Keep in mind that it is good practice to double check the level of the bow throughout the process.
Once the weight has settled and the string is no longer moving bring your bow to full draw. Begin aiming at a 90 degree level to the floor and put your pins along the string in a perfectly vertical fashion. If you set the second axis properly the pins should match the string and the bubble should read level.
If all of the steps have been followed you should now have a perfectly leveled sight ready for any hunts you can throw at it. To experiment with the new adjustments, especially the third axis, go take some challenging shots in steep terrain and see for yourself the improved accuracy and consistency in your shooting.
Going back to kinetic energy: You have to keep in mind that the weight of your hunting arrow also helps drive home a successful shot. Without getting too technical, a middle-of-the-road arrow will suffice as a do-all arrow. Most hunters gravitate toward carbon construction for their arrow, and the weight of the arrow differs depending on your draw weight and draw length. A heavier draw weight requires a stiffer arrow selection.
Smaller diameter arrows are the rage and may be up for consideration. Their slimmer profile amplifies penetration and less surface for wind to push around. Smaller vanes also have a smaller profile and thus less effect from wind, especially on a longer shot. All of these factors play a role in western hunting, particularly if your area is prone to longer shots. In brief, choose an arrow that flies well with your hunting broadhead and produces the kinetic energy you need for whitetails or an add-on elk hunt
The quick and dirty method to set your back bar and is pretty simple and is my preferred way of setting my back bar. First, mount the v-bar bracket and position the rear bar as close to the string as possible and slightly aimed downward. This starting position is a great way to feel things out, and a little movement goes a long ways on a back bar.
Deer hunting with a recurve bow is a highly rewarding and extremely challenging sport. It not only requires skill with a traditional bow and stealth on the part of the hunter, but in-depth knowledge of the animal being hunted. Of all the big game animals hunted the most popular one is the white-tailed deer for several simple reasons. White-tailed deer are widespread across the country and can be found in abundance on both public and private land. Depending upon where a bow hunter lives they can normally find excellent deer hunting within a short drive or in many cases a short walk out the back door.
A traditional bow or hunting recurve is more than adequate to take a whitetail deer or much larger game as well. Elephant, Cape buffalo and most African big game trophies, as well as elk, moose, Alaska brown bears plus much more, have been taken with traditional archery equipment. In each case, the equipment selected must match the game sought and in our case, we will be focusing on the white-tailed deer.