While I am always looking for new and interesting bows to try, I have to admit I was a little surprised when I discovered the two main categories of hunting bows – the top row and the bottom bow. I didn’t think that was right. Why not make all hunting bows into either the top or the bottom?
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Well, it turns out, if you go by weight and stiffness you can change a bow from being on the top to being on the bottom. I have a friend who is into bows who actually does that. That’s the one that I usually end up using because of the twist.
Some of these types of bows have more twists than others. A fancy name for a twist is “J”. What it really means is that the string is closer to the bow. It is also easier to get a better draw than it is to get a short, steady shot with a stiffer bow.
Stiffer bows usually have a thicker, heavier shaft. There are many reasons for this. A thick shaft usually requires a longer draw length to give it enough momentum to get the arrow through the wind and then the arrow to the target.
It is much easier to move a stiffer bow around and place it in different positions without breaking it. A stiffer bow can also be difficult to master. You don’t want to loose your aim while shooting or you can wind up hitting something else.
One other thing about hunting bows that you should know is that bows are heavier at the top and lighter at the bottom. When the draw weight goes up the weight is usually kept the same. The reason for this is because the string gets closer to the bow and therefore the string doesn’t take up as much weight, thus increasing the force on the string.
The reason this is important is that you want the arrow to fly straight and down the target. In this case the target is a ball or a post on the ground. The string can actually move in two directions at once; it can move backwards and forwards. So the larger the portion of the string that moves backwards you can get a faster shot.
Another important factor to consider is the shaft stiffness. The difference between a stiff and a flexible shaft is the difference between accuracy. When the draw weight of a bow goes up, so does the amount of stiffness of the shaft has.
If you have ever seen a deer stand in the woods in full swing and with the deer in front of you and all you could see were its eyes, that is the difference between a stiff and a flexible bow. The eye of the deer is going to stop just a little shorter than the eye of a bow. As you tighten the bow string, the deer’s eye starts to drift further back.
To get the right kind of draw you will need to determine what type of hunting bow you need to get. The four main types of hunting bows are archery hunting bows, compound bows, recurve bows and compound crossbows. Each type of bow has it’s pros and cons, but they are all equally effective for most hunting situations.
While there are several hunting bows available, it is important to find one that fits the needs of the hunter and the situation. There are a lot of hunting bows on the market that can handle whatever you are after. If you want a quick draw bow, you can find that too.
With a good quality bow, a set of arrows and some practice you can be a very successful hunter. Just be sure that you do your homework first.