GEAR 101 - Full Mental Quiver
A stick and string. Seems like a relatively simple idea, yet today’s compound bows are anything but simple. To help you understand a few key terms and components of the compound bow, we’ve put together the following guide. Keep in mind, buying a bow is only the first step. There are a number of must-have accessories to outfit your new bow. Plan on spending anywhere from $100-$1,000 to make it shoot quiet and true.
Buying a Youth Bow
by Colby Stockton
We asked Bugle reader and young Wyoming bowhunter Colby Stockton to provide some pointers on buying a new youth bow. Turns out he has some sage advice for all of us.
Most bows can be easily adjusted for draw weights. A good rule of thumb is that the draw weight should be about 20 to 25 percent of a kid’s body weight, and 30 to 40 percent of an adult’s weight. Check state regs for any minimum draw weight requirements.
To determine your draw length, extend both arms straight out in front of you. Place your palms and fingers together. Place a yard stick at the base of your throat and hold it between your fingers. The number closest to your middle fingers is your draw length.
Let-off is the weight you need to hold when the bow is at full draw. It’s based on a percentage of the draw weight. A bow with a 50 percent let-off and 20-pound draw weight only takes 10 pounds to hold at full draw. If it has a 75 percent let-off, it only takes 5 pounds to hold it. If you’re going to use your bow for hunting, make sure you know your state’s let-off restrictions. Some states don’t allow more than 65 percent let-off.
Think about the overall weight of the bow itself. Remember, you’ll have to hold it steady while you aim, and if it’s too heavy, you won’t have any fun.