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What to Look for When Buying a Bow [PICS]

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The season has already started! Hurry and get yourself a bow. But first, here are some things to think about when buying a bow.

Need some help with picking a bow for the season? Here are some things to consider.

Draw Length

The draw length of your bow is just as important as your shoe size and specific to only you. If it doesn’t fit you perfectly, you will have problems.

If your draw length is too big, you will not have proper form and miss out on the full potential of energy your bow can release.

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Discover the proper draw length for you here and ask the experts wherever you are buying a bow to help determine the correct length.

Draw Weight

Again, draw weight is specific to you; it depends on your skill level and what you want to achieve as an archer. Your physical condition, stamina, and skills will change as you grow as an archer, which means your draw weight may change too.

Here you can discover a great starting draw weight for you. These numbers are determined by a variety of archers with different skills from beginner to competitive shooter.

Remember, that this weight is a starting point. If it is too heavy or too light, adjust accordingly; otherwise, you will not be able to learn proper archery form.


Arrows can be made from different materials; some are better for hunting, while some are better for target shooting.

Wood: Wood arrows are still used for a traditional recurve bow or a longbow.

Aluminum: Aluminum arrows come in a variety of size, color, and spine making them great for all different kinds of needs.

Carbon Fiber: These arrows are known for their speed and accuracy and are the leading edge of modern shaft technology.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass arrows are known for their straightness and primarily are used for non-hunting shooting.


Broadheads replace target points on your arrows and are used for hunting big game.

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Fixed Blade: These are the traditional style of broadheads and are great for those shooting with a lower draw weight.

Removable Blades: These broadheads are designed for the blades to be replaced on the ferrule. If the blades are damaged, you do not have to discard the whole point, just the blades.

Mechanical/Expandable Blades: These broadheads are blades that are retracted close to the ferrule before you take the shot. On impact, the blades expand and expose the sharp edges. If using this type of broadhead, you should be pulling back 50 pounds or more due to the additional energy necessary for the blades to open.

When buying a bow, don’t forget to buy some broadheads if you are planning on taking it into the woods.

Arrow Rest

An arrow rest in an important accessory when buying a bow. It simply holds and supports your arrow.

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Containment Rest: This type of rest is favorited by many hunters. Since it encircles your arrow, or makes contact with your arrow in at least three places, it is impossible for your arrow to fall out of position.

Drop Away Rest: A drop away rest has become a popular design within the past few years. It holds the arrow in place, drops out of the way once you release the string, and stays out of the way so the fletching can’t catch it.

Shoot-Thru Rest: Also known as a “prong” rest, the shoot-thru rest has two prongs that create a cradle for your arrow allowing it to sit on top of the rest. It is spring-loaded so it drops down and forward when you shoot and automatically returns back to its original position ready for your next arrow.


Trigger Release: This release is triggered by your index finger. It Velcros or buckles around your wrist and you can adjust the length from the tripper to the strap to fit your hand.

Hand or Finger Release: This release usually resembles a “T” shape and is held by two, three, or four fingers and is triggered by back tension using your thumb or pinky finger.

Automatic Release: This is an interesting type of release. You pre-set a timer that delays firing anywhere from zero to six seconds. The timer is activated when you pull back your bow and automatically releases when it reaches the time you have set. This type of release is most beneficial in target and tournament shooting.


Sights are really all up to you when buying a bow. They range is size and style. They usually have anywhere from three to five pins.


You can use a quiver that straps to your back or one that attaches right to your bow. A quiver should surround your broadheads to allow you to carry and transport them safely.


You can use a quiver that straps to your back or one that attaches right to your bow. A quiver should surround your broadheads to allow you to carry and transport them safely.

One of the most important things to remember when buying a bow is how it feels to you. Draw length is important to get right, but what draw weight and accessories you use should ultimately be decided by your comfort level.

Now let’s go shopping! Find a store near you and test out some bows and have the experts help you. Bow season has started and we are behind!

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