Getting into bowhunting is easier than ever thanks to the amazing beginner gear available at archery shops. Today’s bows fit a wide range of archers and are very easy to shoot.
To help manufacturers create better products for beginning archers and bowhunters, the Archery Trade Association launched an equipment-development program. The ATA puts the products into the hands of experienced archers like summer camp leaders, archery retailers and parks-and-recreation groups, who evaluate the equipment and provide feedback to the manufacturer. Then the bows end up in archery shops and get fitted to future bowhunters.
A bow that fits an archer is critical for a fun shooting experience. The first component to proper fit is draw length, which is how far the archer must pull back the bowstring to reach full draw. An archer’s arm length determines their draw length, so a person of a shorter stature will have a shorter draw length than a tall person.
Usually a shorter draw length means a slower bow. Thanks to advancements in engineering, bow manufactures now design bows that don’t compromise arrow speed despite being made specifically for archers with short draw lengths. These fast, adjustable and smooth-shooting bows are a must-try when you visit the archery shop. Just ask for a short-draw bow.
Young people need a bow that will keep up with their growth. A bow with an adjustable draw length is ideal because it will prevent growing archers from needing a bow after every growth spurt.
Draw weight – the effort required to pull back a bowstring – is the second way archery professionals fit a bow. Most new archers will begin with a low draw weight bow because archery uses muscles that aren’t used in other activities. The draw weight you begin shooting with might not be the draw weight you want to hunt with, which is why many beginner bows have an adjustable draw weight.
Most compound bows are adjustable by up to 10 pounds. However, some bows have a large adjustment range and can take an archer from a very low draw weight as they begin bowhunting to a powerful hunting draw weight.
If you’re a new bowhunter on a gear quest, check out these products that the ATA equipment development program’s evaluators recently tested.
Rinehart Deer and Turkey Target
3-D targets are excellent for bowhunting practice because they resemble life-size animals. These targets are typically expensive, but Rinehart makes several targets that beginning bowhunters can afford. Rinehart’s deer and turkey targets are realistic, fun to shoot, and are the perfect addition to backyard archery ranges. Made from a special foam, they are durable yet allow easy arrow removal. They’re ideal options for anyone who wants to practice shot placement or imply enjoy shooting.
Darton Exciter Bow
The Darton Exciter is a compound bow designed for female and young-adult archers who want a high-quality first bow. It delivers excellent performance despite its short draw length that adjusts from 22 to 27.5 inches. This lightweight bow is easy to carry while hunting and its draw weight ranges from 35 to 50 pounds. The pros at your nearest archery store will adjust the bow to fit you.
Bohning Bowfishing Accessories
Bowfishing is a fun, exciting sport that’s growing in popularity. To help newcomers get started, Bohning makes affordable bowfishing accessories that include the Carp-I-Vore rest, Bowfishing Kit and Stronghold tip.
The Bowfishing Kit includes a bowfishing arrow and reel, which are the two main accessories you’ll need. The Carp-I-Vore rest keeps your arrow secure and ready for action while withstanding bowfishing’s many rigors. The Stronghold tip, an upgrade over standard bowfishing points, features three stainless-steel barbs that easily reverse for quick removal from fish. Combined, these products create a top-quality bowfishing package that’s ideal for beginners.
If you need a new bow or target, or if you want to try bowhunting or bowfishing, check out these products and get fitted at an archery shop. To find a nearby archery dealer, click here.