We're answering your questions! This question comes to us from Victoria Hasty: I haven't bow hunted since I was a teen. What equipment would you recommend I use to get back in the game this season? Thanks!
Thanks for the question Victoria and welcome to your 2012-2013 bow season! I'm going to go over what it takes to get back into archery today. Whether you plan on being a diehard in the tree stands, or just miss that bow you used to shoot in high school, we have it covered here at your local Bass Pro Shops. Keep in mind archery takes a lot of patience before you can master the art of the stick and string.
The first few things you need to look for in a bow:
- the size of the whole bow itself
- the draw length range must match your draw length
- and you have to get a bow that you are physically strong enough to pull back.
My personal selections that fit that roll for the average beginner are the PSE Stinger, RedHead Kronik XT, Bear Apprentice, and the Diamond Razor Edge. All of these bows have a huge range of adjustment and can usually fit every individual. In addition to that they are also ready to shoot out of the box. Meaning you will not need to buy a rest, sight or all the other gadgets out there. Trust me though, once you are hooked on archery you will be back in to add on to your set up.
When you have a few bows selected that you would like to test, we will set them up to your specifications and allow you to shoot them. You wouldn't buy a car without a test drive, right? While test firing the bows, do not worry about how accurate you are. Focus just on the feel of the bow to the grip and the draw cycle. You are looking for smoothness and ease of draw.
Once you find one that fits you, you then need to select some arrows, For a beginning shooter, there are tons of arrows out there for you to choose from. A few of my favorites are the Redhead X5 Envy Arrows, easily our best seller. Next are the Carbon Express Mutinys, both of these arrows are great values and come in different weights and strengths to match up to any bow.
After you have your arrows picked out, you now need a release and then you are ready to shoot. A few of our top sellers for releases are the Patriot, Patriot Jr, and the Redhead XPS Release. These are the most popular and provide the best value to the beginner out there.
With these things in hand you are now ready to take your equipment home and practice. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to practice! Shooting your bow should become part of your everyday routine. All you need to do to be successful is 10-20 arrows a day. Please remember to focus on form over accuracy until you are sure you can shoot with the same exact form over and over again. I hope this is a big help to everyone out there and remember to stop in and get set up, it is never too late to start shooting!
Dustin Sacco, Achery Associate
Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria, IL