Bowhunting and Draw Weight: Do You Have The Right Setup?
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Many archers assume that the more weight that they have with a bow, they more they'll be able to hunt. However, this isn't necessarily true. The only reason you would need or want a heavier bow is to improve the bow's trajectory and arrow combination. So, with the right overall set-up, you could shoot your arrows faster and flatter. The question remains, though; do you need to shoot with a lot of weight? As a general rule, the answer is no. Ultimately, you need to consider two primary factors, which are as follows:
It takes a lot of practice to be a proficient archer.
Are you able to shoot between 30 and 60 arrows at a 70 pound draw weight with no struggle? Would you be able to shoot more practice arrows if you had a draw weight that was just five pounds less? The more often that you shoot, the better of an archer you will become because your shots will become more accurate. However, if your bow is too heavy for you to shoot a significant amount of arrows, then you aren't going to be able to get enough practice in. So, wouldn't it make more sense to shoot more arrows with less weight?
The "Point and Draw" should be comfortable and done with ease.
When you draw your bow and hold it, you should be able to do it comfortably. You should be able draw it straight back, hold it in place while aiming at your target, without struggling. If the draw weight of your bow is too heavy, then you are likely going to find it difficult to point and draw when you have been sitting in a tree stand for several hours and/or when it is below freezing outside.
Depending on where you live, there may be a minimum draw weight that is required for the particular species that you're hunting. So, make sure that you check local regulations before buying a bow. Also, sharp broadheads, in addition to your shot placement, are crucial for successful shots and penetration.
Fixed blade broadheads are ideal for low poundage bows, while mechanical broadheads are better for higher poundage bows. This helps to ensure that the kinetic energy opens the broadhead and enables solid penetration.
Last, but not least, you need to make sure that you take your shoulder into consideration. If you're shooting a large number of arrows, is your shoulder going to be able to hold up to it or will it fall to the exhaustion and fatigue? What if it only takes shooting a few arrows? Remember that it's not worth a shoulder injury or losing your technique simply to try to shoot with a heavier bow. Stick with a bow that has a draw weight that you are comfortable with and that you can shoot accurately with.
If you have any questions, reach out to us at Full Draw Archery.