How to Choose the Right Compound Hunting Bow

The only problem here is that not all compound bows are created the same.

Don’t believe the hype right off the bat

There are a lot of compound bows out there, and each manufacturer will bombard you with sales talk in an attempt to win you over.

Before you get carried away by Brand X’s Nanocell Precision Groove Technology and 20 to 30 percent gain in accuracy ratings, hang back a minute and be a little skeptical. Sales and marketing professionals are very good at mucking up facts to lead people to assumptions, as the aforementioned samples are just two of the many tools at their disposal.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind: if the data suggests the product is superior, doubt it immediately. Stick to the measurements and do your own research as to what let-off, draw force, cam types, draw weight and other technical terms really mean.

Balance between power and ease of use

Just because you spot a compound hunting bow with a 30″ draw does not make it the best choice for you.

True, you will get more strength and power from a longer draw, but you would be sacrificing a significant level of control and comfort with each shot.Forcing yourself to draw too far will cause your aim to shake and your muscle arms to tire very quickly.

The simplest solution here is to go for a compound bow with adjustable draw-stops. These rubber-coated blocks will serve as a limiter for your draw, effectively preventing you from over or underestimating your draw.

Balance between needs and costs

Compound bows are not easy to make and cost a lot of bucks on the market, which is why you need to be practical with your choices.

High-end bows can run up to $700 a piece, and these include the works: magnifying scopes, double limbs, multiple cams, collapsing parallel limbs etc. However, you may find yourself needing little to none of these additions. This is particularly true for the enthusiastic newcomer willing to plunk in heavy cash for the best bows. Not all the costliest bows are the best, especially if you still have a ways to go with technique.

Your best bet here would be to start out with a plain old recurve bow to check where your comfort levels are. Once you have gained enough skill with it, you are then qualified to confirm which compound hunting bow does or does not work for you. Test one for yourself, and you’ll immediately gauge what bow is equipped enough to handle your needs.