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Author: Maria Linda

Archery has been around for decades and was adopted by the Egyptians in 3000 BC for hunting and warfare. It is a fun activity that is considered a sport or just a hobby to pass the time.  But a good bowhunter or archer needs to have well-tuned equipment to make it fit for a perfect arrow flight. A mismatched bow can be erratic and prevent you from getting a clean kill shot or from hitting the bullseye.

Having a perfect bow, however, does not come by accident. You need to fix, tune, and adjust it for efficient performance. 

Here are ways to tune your archery equipment:

Set Up Your Bow 

 

Just like baseball caps, there is no one size fits all in archery. In fact, when assembling your bow, it solely relies on the type of bow you want to use. For instance, a compound hunting bow needs to match your arm length, as well as the width of your chest. 

If you want to know the length of the bow, place one end of a yardstick close to your throat and extend the other arm straight out with fingers stretched towards the end of the stick. The distance from your throat to the end of your longest finger should be closest to the correct draw length. 

Men who are between 5 and 6 feet tall typically have a draw length of between 30 – 31 inches, while those taller than 6 feet have a draw length of 28 inches. Women, on the other hand, have a shorter draw length of around 25-26 inches. The secret here is to select an easily adjustable bow. Always ask your archery dealer for help in case you are not sure which one to choose. 

The draw weight is also another crucial factor to consider. This weight affects the accuracy of a bow to a great extent. To determine if the draw weight is perfect for you, try pointing it towards your target without it either “tipping” up the sky or down to the ground. If either of the two happens, then it means that the draw weight is too much for the muscles in your arm or shoulder. 

An adult male can easily draw 55 to 65 pounds; 40 – 50 pounds is the average for an adult woman. However, for traditional recurve bows, the longer the length of the draw, the higher the weight. 

Select Your Arrow

 

Arrows, just like bows, range from custom-made to ones with wooden shafts, which are mostly preferred by most traditional archers. Some bows have aluminum shafts or those made from carbon fiber or carbon lamination. 

Select the arrow size depending on the draw length of your bow for a perfect shot. You must be deliberate in your selection since arrow manufacturers have charts that you can use to choose an appropriate arrow for your bow. 

Install Accessories

 

The shots you take with your bow are affected by every accessory you attach to it and must, therefore, be selected with care. 

An arrow rest is one of the most important accessories because an arrow being drawn requires a cradle. Most arrows drawn from the cradle are more accurate since there is a clearance allowance between the arrow rest and the arrow release during a shot.  When an arrow is released from the finger, unlike from the arrow rest, it somewhat bends when it leaves the bowstring, which may result in an inefficient shot. 

For an accurate shot, you must, therefore, match your arrow rest to the style of shooting you choose to go with, whether a finger or mechanical shot. These accessories also make the tuning of your bow a lot easier.

Another accessory is called a bow stabilizer, a rubber designed to reduce vibration during a shot. A serious archer would try out their archery with or without the accessories to see what works best for them. Other accessories that will give your bow a perfect fine-tune are bow sights, string peep, and cable silencers. 

Every accessory has its own place and a little change to it can affect an arrow launch.

Attach String Silencers

 

String silencers or dampeners are used to control the sound that the bow produces when an arrow is launched. This sound can be irritating to some, which is why string silencers are recommended. They are attached, especially by bowhunters, to avoid frightening their target game and missing a shot when the animal runs for safety. String silencers can be purchased from a bow dealer, or you can make one yourself at home using yarn on the string to reduce  vibrations. 

Fine-Tune Your Bow

 

Any archer or bowhunter worth his salt pays attention to details, even the smallest of them all. Before any archery activity begins, you need to do a test shot to ensure the perfect flight before the day of the actual shooting. 

Some bowhunters fine-tune their bows by removing the bow quiver since arrows might prove inefficient if they are tuned with quivers in place. You can also paper-check your bow before the main archery event. This is done by fixing a piece of paper that you can shoot through, and then you shoot at it from a distance of about 8 feet away. Study the result of your shot and adjust your bow where necessary. Repeat until you achieve a desirable shot. 

That’s it! 

Archer Erika Jones shooting a compound bow. Source: Wikipedia

Being a professional archer or hunter requires you to get it right when setting up your compound bow. 

Being a professional archer or hunter requires you to get it right when setting up your compound bow. IF you have a perfect one, it will be just as effective as using a rifle when hunting

It’s really a simple task, as you have seen above. Do it the correct way and keep practicing.