Hunting can be a thrilling experience and there is no wonder that even in today’s fast pacing world, many people still prefer taking time off from their modern lives and embarking on a trip to the great outdoors. If you are just taking up hunting and you are curious about how to pick a good reliable hunting bow, I am here to help you. Some of the tips I will list below right away I learned from other, more seasoned hunters, while the rest I learned on my own, from experience. I hope my little list will help you pick the right bow for your first hunting trip.
Right handed or left handed?
I guess you have already hurried to give an answer to this one, but I am here to tell you: “not so fast”. Why? Because it is not actually the hand you use most that should dictate what kind of bow you should get, but your dominant eye. What is that? It is basically the eye that gives you a clearer image of what you see before your eyes. You may well know that hunters are counting on their eyesight quite a lot, and that is why you should take your dominant eye into consideration.
Here is a short exercise to try. Form a triangle with your hands in front of your eyes, and stare at an object that you can easily frame with the triangle formed earlier. Look through the triangle with both eyes, then close one eye than the other. The eye that gives you the “truer” image is your dominant eye.
What kind of bow is best for hunting?
There are all kinds of bows available for hunting and you should know what kind is best. From my experience, a compound bow is the best choice because it is the kind that delivers the highest speed while it is easier to manipulate. Especially if you are not the large kind of guy, you surely want a bow that you can handle, without any prior experience.
Others also agree that compound bows are the best choice. See this article for more details.
Picking the draw length
There are all kinds of specs you will notice written in the description of various hunting bows, but I suggest concentrating on draw length above all. Draw length means how much you can draw the bow, so you can launch the arrow at the highest speed possible. I will keep things simple this time and tell you this: the best hunting arrow for you is the one that you can reach maximum draw length with by using your own arms.
Learn how to measure your draw length with this guide. I also suggest you should read some hunting bow reviews before purchasing one.