Compound Bow Basics Understanding

Hunting is quite important in Western culture especially in South America. It has become a crucial part of life since the first Europeans started settling down in West America. Each year, when autumn begins and last until winter is the hunting season, millions of hunters across the US started wildlife safari where they called it “wild game”. Depending on which kind of wild animals you are hunting that you would choose a suitable hunting equipment: short gun – compound bow – air rifle.

Over the last two decades, undoubtedly, one of the biggest developments of hunting equipment in the search for accuracy and power for wild game has been the development of the Compound bow.

If you are a beginner, I advised that you use a compound bow rather than a traditional recurve bow or long bow. Since with the rigidity materials, together with the nowadays modern technology construction helps improve accuracy drastically by reducing the bow’s sensitivity to fluctuate temperature and humidity in any particular hunting areas.

compound bow is a characterized by a levering system of eccentric wheels or cams on the upper and lower limbs. It consists of cables and pulleys to bend the limbs when the bow is drawn at a suitable force by the archer. The pulley or cam system gives the archer a mechanical advantage; also the limbs of a compound bow are very much stiffer than those of a recurve bow or longbow. This makes the compound bow become more energy-efficient and powerful than other bows, since less energy is scattered in limb movements.

The Compound Bow basics understanting is that it must be well set up and adjusted so that its draw length is correct for you at your initial purchase since it is slightly difficult to change. The next thing you also need to consider when buying a bow is to know your draw weight that you can draw quickly and smoothly.

Compound Bow Basics Understanding

Draw Weight

The maximum strength necessary you used to draw a bow to its full extent is called the draw weight.

Compound Bow Basics - Draw Weight

You may need to also consider that a bow which you could easily draw in practice may not draw smoothly after sitting in the cold tree shade for an hour or more. To build up accuracy of my strength for hunting, I usually adjust my maximum draw weight in practice down by 5lbs for my real hunting.

Draw Length

When a bow is fully drawn, the distance between the bowstring and the grip is the draw length.

Having a proper draw length improves your shooting consistency, which improves accuracy.

In other words, draw length is to measure your wingspan. In a compound bow, draw length is changed by changing the attachment of the cables to the cams. However, your bow could be damaged if it is not properly bent to release the cables. It is recommended that you better left to a technician to make changes of your bow draw length since a limb compressor is required to release the cables.

After knowing what draw weight and draw length is, the next step to consider is how to measure your draw length. A proper draw length is one that when you draw your compound bow at its fully extents can brings the bow string about even with your lips. Most bows have adjustable draw lengths that will accommodate the arm length of the average adult, 28-30″.

The bow could be damaged if it is not properly bent to release the cables when draw length is changed. Thus, it is better to have a technician to make changes for draw length. If you are buying a new bow from a sporting goods store the seller will probably set the bow up to your needs. After bow hunting season, Wal-Mart stores sell out their remaining bows and arrows for bargain prices. Although Wal-Mart may have bows for less, but you have to set them up yourself or find someone to help you.

Compound Bow Draw Length

How to measure your draw length

The most popular method for determining draw length is the armspan method, with three simple steps:

  1. You could just stand up with both arms and hands extended to form a “T” shape.
  2. Have someone measured the length from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other middle finger.
  3. Divide that result by 2.5 to estimate your draw length.

You don’t want to buy a bow with a too short or too long draw length. Therefore, it’s very important that you find your appropriate draw length for multiple reasons.

  • Between shots, if your draw length is too short, it can hurt the accuracy as keeping the reference points for aiming becomes more difficult. At a full draw, you have an anchor point, a too short draw length leads to a floating anchor point, and resulted in inconsistency between shots. A too short draw length also increased torque on the bow which contributes to inaccuracy.
  • If your bow has a too long draw length, archers usually have the natural tendency to lean their head back in an attempt to see the target precisely through the peep sight, a small device attached to the string on the bow used for aiming. This will cause a host of other problems like bad back posture and shooting form. Shooting in improper shooting form can add tension and torque to your bow, which eventually added up to inaccuracy. This will eventually make things worse since it causes the shooter’s holding arm, or bow arm to extend more than it needs, and the inner right elbow is put in the path of the string.
  • Get a proper draw length. There are plenty of information and sources that explain how to estimate or measure draw length. As for the beginning archer, it’s smart to visit your local qualified archery Shops to measure draw length. Once you have the correct draw length it will help you with shooting form, accuracy, consistency, and safety for bow shooting.