The emergence of compound bows in the market has added a new category to hunting sports. It is claimed by compound bow enthusiasts that the advanced design of this bow permits those who love to hunt with the rifle to enjoy the excitement of learning how to hunt in a different way. Also, compound bows have the advantage of being lighter than rifles. And many archers are not hunters at all, they simply enjoy archery for the sport.
The design of compound bows has evolved substantially to provide a weapon that is now more convenient for the hunter to use. What makes compound bow hunting more challenging is that you have to be closer to the animal to make a kill. This is a challenge that many hunters may find more exciting than hunting with a rifle.
But how do you find the best compound bow for your needs? There are so many designs and models to choose from as companies try to outsell their competitors. There have also been many developments and innovations that have substantially altered the appearances and features of compound bows.
The first step is to determine how you will use your compound bow. You will have to identify whether you will use it for hunting or for targeting. You will then have to look at the different specifications such as draw weight, draw length, design of the cam and wheel, accuracy, weight, geometry of the deflex and reflex riser, let-off, brace height, speed, and price. After determining these values, the next step is to go to check the Internet or go to your local hunting store.
Before the actual purchase, you will need to have a qualified person measure your draw length. This will ensure that the draw length of the bow will be adjusted to suit your exact measurements.
Another important factor to consider is the draw weight. You will need to test several bows to find the most comfortable draw weight for you. Compound bows allow the draw weight to be adjusted in increments of 3 to 5 pounds. The usual maximum draw weights are between 45 to 90 pounds. This is a very important factor so make sure to actually shoot a few arrows from several bows to compare.
Of the different kinds of bows, compound bows have the widest range of choices. For example, there are various cam types, such as the single cams, hybrid cams, binary cams, and twin cams. With regards to the limbs, there are solid limbs and split limbs.
When it comes to axle length, there are three basic types. The short axle bow has an axle-to-axle length of under 32 inches. The mid axle length bow has an axle-to-axle length of 32 inches to 38 inches. The long axle bow has an axle-to-axle length of more than 38 inches. Those who prefer compact bows for hunting will want the short axle bows while finger shooters and those who want to join tournaments prefer the long axle bows. However, the most common type is the mid axle length bow that provides the right combination of long-range accuracy and maneuverability.