Bow hunting rules challenges an archer to bring out his best game and can add months to his or her hunting season. Below is a look at the rules of thumb that can help someone find the right bow for him or her, shoot with it excellently and get as many trophies as possible. These rules will offer a hunter enough information to make the upcoming hunting season the best ever.
The energy a shooter gets out from a compound bow is proportional to what he or she puts in, since it is a simple pulley-and-lever system. Modern bows are better partly because they are more efficient and give back a higher proportion. With respect to this, a faster bow is usually more difficult to draw. Also, some of the things making it fast are also the ones that make it more difficult to shoot as well. The point is it’s a give-and-take situation: getting a bow that is right for someone is all about giving and taking wisely.
A top bow hunting rule is that accuracy is paramount. Archers are always debating on the relative speed, quietness and smoothness of different compound bows, as well as the lethality of various arrowheads. However, none of this matters if the archer cannot hit what he or she is aiming at. Accuracy matters a lot. It’s not the accuracy of a given bow, considering that most can be sufficiently accurate in the right hands, but the archer’s accuracy with a certain bow.
Below-average to average archers requires a bow that can tolerate operator error. This usually means something on the heavier and longer side that can easily be held on target and is more stable. The bow also needs to be slower, meaning it can easily be held at full draw without creeping forward and with a longer brace height. On the other hand, good shooters do not need a lot of tolerance. This means they can reasonably go for a lighter, shorter and faster bow. The trick is all about finding a bow that the archer can potentially shoot accurately with, and then practice until he or she becomes accurate.
Given how accuracy is important, the shooter should not give it up for speed. An archer can set up a bow in a way that maximizes either accuracy or speed. However, unless one is such a good shot that he or she can give up a little accuracy and still hunt well, accuracy should be favoured. For instance, cranking up a bow’s draw weight will increase arrow speed. All in all, it’s advisable to turn it down if one can shoot better this way.
Some hunters go for a draw length that is too long but do not want to compromise speed by shortening it. A draw that is too long exposes too much of the shooter’s face against the string, and can make it harder to maintain a consistent anchor point. Also, it can cause the shooter to lock his/her bow arm out straight and creep forward with the string arm. This is usually not worthy it and is best avoided at all costs.