Determining The Right Arrow For You

Hunting has been considered as a sport for a long time. Not like other sports, such as football, basketball, climbing or running, which are not too complicated, hunting involves many activities: seeking, pursuing and killing animals. Since it is complicated and sometimes dangerous, choosing the right arrow is important.


What do you have to prepare for running? Maybe only a good health and a pair of good shoe because running mainly involves leg activities. However, for hunting, things are more complex. You need arrows, hunting boots, ground blind for bowhunting, hunting jackets,… Now we will give some useful notes to choose arrows. Choosing the right arrows for recurve bows is extremely important to a hunter, especially a beginner.

Why Is Choosing An Arrow Matter?

We may see many archers in the hunting scenes just using any arrow around them without caring about the arrow’s specifications. Do not try to follow them or you will get some injuries for yourself. It is not that everything you see in a film can be applied in the real life. In fact, when choosing arrows, the archers have to consider the arrow characteristics carefully.

Arrow characteristics are important when choosing arrow

Arrow characteristics are important when choosing arrow. Source: arrow in apple

There are two words that every archer has to remember: safety and accuracy. Safety is not only for themselves when taking part in this hunting sport but also for others. It will be unsafe if the archers use weak arrows that do not match the power of their bows because the flight projectile will suffer. On the other hand, if the archers use the too-heavy-arrow, it cannot reach the target location. Even in the worst scenario, the arrows will hit other people.

Arrow spine is a measurement of arrow’s stiffness and also is a factor determining the flight performance. An arrow spine that is too stiff tends to make the arrow fly left of the target. A weak arrow spine, on the other hand, is more likely to make the arrow fly to the right of the target. To choose a suitable arrow spine, the archers need to consider three things, including type of bow, draw length and draw weight.

Determining Your Draw Length

There are several methods you can use to determine your draw length. One of the easiest ways is to measure your arm span. You should ask someone to help you to measure your arm span. First, you have to spread out your arms at the shoulder level and determine the length between fingertips of two arms. Then, get this length to be divided by 2.5, you will get the suitable draw length.

Another method is wall measurement. This method involves more steps than the arm span measurement method; however, in general, it is not too complicated to follow. Firstly, you need to stand and face the wall. Then determine you bow arm and put its fist on the wall. It has to be at the arms level and mimic your stand. In the third step, you turn your head to the left (if you use the left arm as the bow arm) or to the right (if your bow arm is the right one) and look straightly at the wall. The draw length will be the distance from the wall to your mouth.

Now you have done draw length measurement, you can determine the suitable arrow length easily. Just by adding from 1-2 inches to the draw length.

>>Read more: The Two Easiest Ways on How to Measure Draw Length: What You Need to Know!

What About The Weight Of The Arrows?

heavy arrows

Heavy arrows hit the target more deeply. Source: Blackridge Archery

In fact, there is no fixed answer for this question. It varies depending on what are your targets. Generally, however, there are some useful notes for you when choosing arrow weight. The arrows which are too heavy are easily to lose their trajectory; whereas the light ones hardly can lose their trajectory. Heavy arrows, of course, will fly more slowly than the light-weighted arrows. However, the heavier arrows still have the advantage of better penetration. This is because they have more kinetic energy, allowing them to hit the target more deeply.

Determining The Arrow Materials

Based on the materials used, there are five main types of arrow: wood, composite, aluminium, fiberglass and carbon. Each type has their own pros and cons. Archers should know these five types of arrow clearly to choose what type will best suit them.

Wood arrows

Many archers still prefer the traditional wood arrows in spite of there are several choices over arrow materials. The reason, which most of them agree, is that this type of arrow is the cheapest one. The beginners are often suggested to use this type of arrow. It is authentic and is an ideal choice for recurves and longbows.

However, there are some disadvantages. The first thing is that wood arrows require too much time to make. Secondly, they are not uniform, thus fail to attract perfectionists. Last but no least, wood arrows are more likely to breaking. The inconsistent feature of wood makes it easier for arrow spine to break. This is the main reason why more and more archers are turning to use arrows made from other materials. If you are still interested in wood, you should choose the wood carefully so that the arrows do not splinter easily.

Aluminum arrows

Aluminum arrows

Aluminum arrows are not too expensive. Source:

Aluminum arrows can offer many benefits to archers, which is why they are used by many modern archers. They are used frequently in both practice and target shooting. If you are finding a good-quality arrow within the limited finance, aluminum arrow will be taken to the top priority. Aluminum is stronger than both wood and fiberglass and it is not too expensive. They can be custom-made, which means that with some extra money, you can have arrows with the precise weight and spine features that you want.

Aluminum arrows also come with uniform design and straightness so if you are a perfectionist, do not hesitate, this type of arrow is perfect for you. In addition, aluminum arrows are said to be really good for both recurve and compound bows. They also have good flexibility. There are many types of aluminum arrow which allow you to straighten if they are bent. Their quiet flight makes hunting bows much easier.

Although aluminum arrows have good flexibility, they can bend when bumping into a harder surface (for example rock, concrete, steel and iron,…) or even another aluminum arrow. And when the diameter becomes smaller, the arrows, of course, will become weaker.

>> Read more: Aluminum vs Carbon Arrows: What’s the Difference? Everything You Need to Know!

Carbon arrows

Carbon arrow is an increasing trend these days because of the huge benefits they can bring. This material especially attract advance archers who are going for hunting bows. Carbon’s light weight allows arrows to fly faster and also minimizes projectile loss. Not like wood arrows, carbon arrows are well-know for consistent flight performance. Moreover, you also can design your own arrows with suitable size and spine specifications.

The main drawback associated with this type of arrow is its too-high price. Carbon arrow is more expensive than other types of arrows. In addition, if this arrow breaks, it creates many small and sharp pieces, which is dangerous for users.

If you are interested in hunting, choosing arrow is the basic knowledge you must know. Choosing the wrong arrow, for example, do not match your arms, can be extremely dangerous because it may injure other people and even the archers.

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