Choosing a compound bow to shoot is a fun time.  I love going through and seeing all the different choices there are.  The amount of engineering and technology in today’s bows is very impressive.  The only downside to all of that is that there are so many choices which brings me to the purpose today.  How to choose a compound bow that is right for you.

I’m a fan of simplicity so I like to go through my choices and think of them like filters.  After I’ve made a decision on one thing, I do my best not to look at bows that don’t fit.  I know it’s really easy to just see all the choices and get stuck so I try to pare it down as fast as possible.

These guidelines should help you in selecting your own bow and whether it’s your first bow, or your 10th bow, you’ll probably go through similar steps to get the bow you want.

What do you want to do?

Deciding on the purpose of the bow will help you focus on the bows that are right for you from the beginning.  If you don’t know exactly what you are going to do with the bow, then think about the options that you’ll probably want to try or use.  Some possible choices include hunting, competition archery, olympic archery, field archery, bow fishing, and backyard shooting.  For example.  If I want a compound bow, then I’m not going to go looking at recurve bows.

What is your draw length?

This is a small point, but it’s an extremely important one.  A compound bow’s mechanical advantage only works when it is set to the correct draw length.  Make sure that the bow is set for your draw length or can be adjusted to fit it.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with some difficult shooting experiences.

What draw weight do you want?

This is more a matter of personal choice and physical ability.  Don’t pick a draw weight that is too heavy for you to draw back and make a good shot.  If it’s too heavy, you either need to get stronger or choose a lower weight.  The draw weight will matter for hunting and that’s about it.  You can do most other things without the draw weight being very important.

What archery equipment do you want?

It’s through the attachment of other pieces of archery equipment such as bow sights, release aids, and stabilizers that we get this insanely good accuracy from compound bows.  You can add your own equipment that you already own, buy new ones, or buy a bow that comes with some already in place.  These are called compound bow packages and I think they’re the best for beginners.  You need to make sure that you have all the right parts to attach all the archery equipment to your bow.

Personal choices

All that’s left to do is pick your color choices and any other small bow accessories that you might want.  That’s the last thing that you need to do when picking a compound bow.

Now that you’ve chosen your bow, there is one thing left to do.

Choose arrows for your bow

Arrows will need to be chosen and tuned for your bow as well.  You can get many different combinations, but you’ll find that if you get a new bow, but don’t get new arrows, you’re leaving a lot of accuracy and skill out of the equation.  You can read more on my favorite arrows.

That’s the most important parts of choosing a compound bow.  I really wish I could sit here and say this model from this brand is the best, but there are so many good choices now that you really just have to filter through all of them and get the bow that is made best for you and what you want to do with it.

Shoot Straight.

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