What Archery equipment do I need? What’s the best bow? What kind of bow should I get? What arrows?
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I tend to be a gear nerd so these types of questions are constantly running through my mind, like a hamster on a hamster wheel. They just keep coming…
So you saw The Hunger Games one too many times and want to take a crack at Archery? Or just want to start bow hunting because they look cool in all that hunter gear. I don’t blame you.
Many of us preppers are active hunters as well. So it’s only natural.
Archery is a challenging and very interesting target shooting technique, which is why many people decide to take it on. Whether you are interested in hunting archery or target archery as a competitive sport, you need to learn to hit the target by shooting an arrow from a bow and do so from a distance.
What Equipment Beginners Need For Bow Hunting
The only gear you really need is a bow and arrows.
If you really wanted to get started. A bow and arrows are the obvious but only pieces you need. Does that mean that those are the only two pieces of gear you should start out with?
No. A beginner should get the basic essentials for archery and bow hunting.
Beginners see the equipment as minimal, which is why they often make mistakes and buy too much or too little. Too little cannot hurt you, but the wrong equipment certainly can. The idea that every bow and arrow is the same is very wrong, and archers need to learn which gear and tools to purchase to pursue this new challenge.
1. Newer Compound Bow
There is a variety of bows that depend on the type of archery you are planning to pursue. The most popular bows are the recurve, longbow and compound bow.
How to Choose:
If you are a beginner, we recommend that you start with the compound bow for hunting or the traditional longbow.
Just remember. It’s not about the bow.
Compound bows are complicated in terms of design and somewhat heavy, which is why you should first practice before you move on to this type of bow.
Every arrow you will find will have the same basic components. The shaft typically ranges from 26 to 28 inches, while the notched ends feature real or imitation fletching (this part is handling the arrow’s spin).
You should look into length, but also arrow material. The most popular material for beginners is fiberglass because of its small weight, and the fact that it is cheaper and quite resistant. However, you can also choose carbon and aluminum arrows, since these are known to be more accurate for shooting. They are also more expensive.
Finally, you have arrows with different points that come in various weights and shapes. The most common option for beginners is the target point or the weighted field.
How to Choose:
You should select the first arrow based on your bow choice, as well as the budget and shooting needs. Make sure to pay attention to the draw weight and length of the bow, and ask experts at the archery shop for some help.
Safety should always come first. In archery, aiming is easier and safer when you protect your arm from the string vibrations that often happen upon release.
How to choose:
Choosing an armguard is not an issue whatsoever. All you have to do is find one you find comfortable, affordable, and of course, well designed.
If you have seen Robin Hood or the Green Arrow and Hawkeye, you surely noticed they all carry a quiver for their arrows. If you decide to be an archer, you surely need one, too.
How to choose:
Choosing a quiver is as simple as choosing gloves. It is up to you and your preference – you can choose a hip quiver or field quiver, and select any material and style you find most attractive.
There you have it – the must-have equipment for every archer out there.
Should you go out and spend $5000 on these few pieces of gear when you’ve never held a bow before? Probably not.
Try renting a bow first. Go use it. Shoot some targets. See if you like it first. And you could even make a DIY bow and make your own arrows as well if you wanted to.
Enjoy Your Hunt.
What do you think of this list of bowhunting gear for beginners?
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