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When I go to purchase a new stabilizer for my hunting set up many thoughts come to mind. Weight, Length and Cost are just a few.  Stabilization has many purposes, balance, dampening, tuneability and weight. Yes, weight.

I know you just spent more money to have a lighter bow but fact of the matter is that a lighter bow wanders easier creating a compromise with stability. The weight of the stabilizer creates stability. Marketing does a great job of selling the new bows. Same thing with speed, if I’m getting a pass through at 300FPS what is the sense of having 350FPS? Accuracy is everything from here on out.

Vibration will cause hand shock and an unpleasant shot execution. Vibration is undesirable, wasting energy and creating unwanted sound and noise. The study of sound and vibration are closely related. Sound or ‘pressure waves’ are generated by vibrating structures (e.g. vocal cords); these pressure waves can also induce the vibration of structures (e.g. ear drum). Hence, when trying to reduce noise it is often a problem in trying to reduce vibration. (Term: Vibration reference wikpedia.com)

Free vibration occurs when a mechanical system is set off with an initial input and then allowed to vibrate freely. The bow will vibrate at its natural frequency. This is how bows are tested for decibel levels.

Notice how in the image above the vibration travels away and out from the point of energy.

Vibration plays a major part in the decision making process for me when purchasing a bow. In today’s array of selections, try finding the bow that produces the less vibration, it’s that simple.

Let’s discuss balance, balance of the bow helps the riser float in the crotch of your hand, nesting in the sweet spot. This creates less riser torque. Less torque equals more accuracy. I allow my bow to fall forward after the shot. This is a proper follow through with shot execution.

Now, length has a great deal to do with weight. The new DISH Stabilizer from Doinker can be retro fitted with weights making it easier to tune. Some of the carbon multi rods weigh differently so experiment at your local dealership to find what weight is best for your particular set up. Keep in mind what works for your friend might not work for you!

Dampening of the bow starts with the limbs. Kinetic energy is stored in the limbs and upon release it travels through the riser and out to the string and stabilizer. The right stabilizer will both dampen vibration, reduce noise and hand shock.

Doinker CS7 - Hunting Stabilizer

This impressive line of hunting and target stabilizers from Doinker astounds me. I always wonder what they are going to come up with next. I have selected the 10.5” Multi-rod for my hunting rig. With all this equipment working in unison this makes the bow easier to tune. Most professional shooters turn to Doinker. Now that says a lot in my eyes.

Cost is always an issue. I have found the Doinker line to be very competitively priced and have compared prices in Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops and local pro shops.

Doinker Woodsman Hunter

If you are looking for a way to stabilize, quiet and reduce vibration from your bow, check out Doinker. There are reasons why they are the leader. Be sure and check out their line of Chubby Hunter Series, Woodsman Hunter, or the Multi Rod Series at Doinker.

Any questions or need assistance email me at shane@afterthesnaphc.com I will be more than glad to help a fellow hunter and friend in the field.

Shane Renard.