Bowhunting 101: How to Buy Your First Bow

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Buying a bow can provide all the fun and excitement of buying a car, but without the irritation of pushy sales staff. You’ll also get to test-drive several bows, choose your bow accessories, and sometimes even agonize over camo options.

If you’re on the fence about buying a bow, take a lesson and rent a bow to get started. In other words, try before you buy. You can take private lessons or a class with other prospective archers. Classes and programs are available for adults and youths. Most programs have “lender” bows you can use to get started. When you’re ready to buy a bow, you’ll know the basics and your options.

What to Expect When Buying

Trained staff will help measure you for the perfect bow for your draw length. Photo Credit: ATA

You’ll find staff at the archery store welcoming and professional. They’ll spend lots of time with you as you study your bow options for you and your budget. This is why it’s vital to make this choice at an archery store. You get personal attention and you get to test several bows.

After all, choosing a bow is all about preferences. You want a bow that’s comfortable to shoot from the start, but also provides some room for advancement as your skills and strength grow. Try as many bows as you need to find the one that’s meant for you.

Once you pick your bow, the technician will adjust it to fit you properly. That ensures better form and greater accuracy. Next, you’ll need arrows and bow accessories. You can choose your accessories à la carte, or simplify the process with an accessory package, which saves money.

The bow technician will help you finish the process by selecting arrows. Photo Credit: ATA

Then the bow technician will review your options and help you choose arrows that match your bow’s draw length, draw weight and intended use. After that, you’re off to the range for final adjustments. By shooting your bow under the pro’s supervision, you’ll adjust the sights until you’re shooting bull’s-eyes.

Bowhunting is a combination of various skills such as woodsmanship, wildlife knowledge, and archery marksmanship. Archery lesson are the best way to gain the necessary archery skills. You should continue taking lessons as you prepare for the hunting season. These lessons are usually available through the same archery store that you bought your bow from,

The rest of the necessary skill you’ll learn as you read through Bowhunting 360’s 101 section and through experience.


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