4 Tips for First Time Bow Buyers

Josiah Richards- 7/6/18

1. Find a reliable pro shop

If you are new to the sport, the staff at your local pro shop can provide you with a wealth of knowledge to help get you started in archery. The employees that reside in your local shops live and breathe archery every day. They can quickly provide you with insight and answers to questions that would take hours of internet research. Steer away from big box stores, if possible, as their employees generally have limited knowledge and training in comparison to that of a Pro Shop employee.

2. What are your intentions and budget?

You don’t need a top of the line bow to be a successful hunter, however, like any sport there are advantages to having top-of-the-line equipment. You have to decide how often you plan on using your bow and in what capacity. Knowing your budget when you step into a shop streamlines the process of getting outfitted effectively. Do you plan on buying a “Ready to Shoot” package, or do you want to hand pick each accessory? 

3. Test fire as many bows within your budget as possible

Don’t fall into the trap of buying the brand that your buddy told you to, it all comes down to personal preference. How does the bow feel after the shot? Is it quiet? Does the draw cycle feel smooth? Make sure that all the bows you are test firing are set at the same poundage and draw length in order to make a fair comparison. Bring a notepad and write down what you liked or didn’t like about each bow.

 4. Have confidence in your decision

The good news for you is that all of today’s major bow manufacturers make a great product. The slowest bow on the shelf today will outperform the fastest bows of yesteryear. The top manufacturers in the archery industry provide a lifetime warranty on their products, and they back it up with excellent customer service. You can buy with confidence knowing that your pro shop will ensure your equipment is properly fitted and tuned to you.

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