Top Tips for Picking the Best Compound Bow for Deer Hunting

Bow hunting is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., with archers taking 23% of the total deer harvest in 2019 in comparison to the 15% that was documented in 2000. If you are serious about hunting deer, a good compound bow is an absolute must. 

While a curved or longbow may be ideal for hunting smaller animals, a compound bow will perform better against larger, studier animals such as deer. If you are in the market for a new deer hunting bow, however, you may be somewhat overwhelmed by all the options in front of you. Thankfully, a few basic tips will make it a lot easier to find the perfect hunting instrument.

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Long VS short compound bows

One of the biggest considerations when choosing a compound bow is to decide whether you want a short or a long one.

At present, short draw bows are all the hype thanks to the reduction in axle-to-axle length. They allow a hunter to move around with ease both while stalking deer on in a tree stand. Even though they are a lot more compact than long bows, they perform well but also tend to respond more readily to hand torque. This refers to the manner in which the bow reacts to the incorrect placement of hands-on it which influences the direction of your shot. 

If you are looking for long-distance accuracy, a longer bow may be a better choice as short bows perform best if you don’t plan on shooting further than 30 yards.

Consider the comfort of a full draw

When deciding on a new bow, remember that a long draw length will enable you to shoot faster. On the downside, it may create problems as far as accuracy and form are concerned. When the draw is too long it becomes very difficult to find a good anchor point as well as pull through on the shot.

The correct draw weight is as important as the draw length if you want to shoot accurately when hunting deer. You don’t want to spook your target by having to point your arrow to the sky to gain leverage before shooting.

A very heavy draw weight is also particularly problematic on cold days when we become innately more sluggish to respond to fast-moving deer. Where possible, opt for a compound bow that offers a range of adjustability in terms of draw length and draw weight.

Decide on a light or heavier bow

Apart from becoming shorter, compound bows have also become increasingly lighter in recent times. When deciding between a light or heavy bow it is important to think about how far you will have to travel on foot during your hunt as carrying a very heavy bow for miles across rough terrain might not be ideal.

A few pounds in weight difference may seem inconsequential, but after traversing uneven ground for hours, you will definitely wish that you opted for a lighter weapon. While lighter bows are great for long hunting expeditions there are many hunters that enjoy the stability offered by a heavier bow.

Buying a new bow to hunt with is a big deal. As long as you follow a few simple guidelines, it will luckily be an enjoyable experience instead of a vexing one.

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