Noisy Hunting Bows: Everything You Need To Fix Them

I decided to write this post because of a past event, but I really think that it might end up helping some folks out, so here we go. Archery is a sport that takes as much easiness out of the sport of hunting as possible. Why you might ask? Well with a rifle, it’s as easy as point, see, and shoot. With a bow there are many more variables involved. Most hunter’s usually choose to stand and shoot when they are hunting for animals like the deer, but not all of them. There are others who think that shooting from a seated position is best. Having to stand and shoot creates movement, which deer are wizards at detecting. Anyways, what I am here to talk about today is the noise created with the flight of the arrow.

You may have heard of this before, but when a fixed position broad head is released from a hunting bow – compound, hunting crossbow, recurve, it doesn’t really make a difference – there is a bit of noise created. If you have ever heard it, then you will know exactly what I am talking about here. That noise is loud and sounds like a “whoosh” while its speeding towards its target.

Now the problem with this scenario is that white-tailed deer are magicians at detecting sounds. I have heard it said that they can hear approximately fifteen times better than a human can. So what do you think that they are going to do when they hear that arrow coming towards them at full speed? They are going to duck and lower their body. They do this just as a reflex mechanism – not because they think or know that they can dodge the arrow. One of the old Primos truth about hunting videos did a great job of proving this kind of thing. Will Primos would always preach about aiming low when he shot at deer. So, he would go back on the archery hunting footage and take a highlighter sort of deal and make a straight line parallel to the deer’s stomach. As you watched the movie, it would pause and show the line right before the shot. Then, in slow motion, viewers could see how far the deer would sink down in response to the shot. It was pretty cool actually because if a person had aimed right at the kill zone, then the deer would have undoubtedly ducked the shot or would have put the arrow in a bad spot. It was really some interesting stuff.

Limbsaver String Decelerator


So, the question is this: What noises do the deer hear when a person shoots a bow? They usually hear one of two things or both. One is the whooshing sound of the air rushing past the broad head and the other is the vibrations caused by the bow after the shot. There are a lot of products by limb saver that can really reduce these noises. They actually make a bow called the limbsaver deadzone which probably has a lot of their newest bow silencer products. Those of you wondering how to silence a compound bow or crossbow will really love this next one.


It’s called the Limbsaver String Decelerator or limbsaver decelerator, whichever one you want to call it, it doesn’t really matter. From the name you can tell that it is a string decelerator which stops the bow string after being shot. As you would probably guess, there is a lot of force being exerted and therefore a great deal of vibrations. This product does not bring the string to a harsh stop though, rather it gradually does the same thing. It all happens fast though.


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