If you are a newcomer to archery hunting, knowing what gear to buy can be confusing. Just like a guided hunting trip, you need some expert guidance to ensure you don’t invest money in gear you don’t need. If you want to make the most of your archery hunting experience, consider investing in the following:
1. Bow Sights
Expert and ancient hunters can hunt without any bow sights. However, if you are still finding your way around, bow sights can be a game-changer. This is especially true for long-range shots. Bow sights work by helping you point out where the arrow is headed.
There are different designs and types now available in the market.
Bow sights can vary based on the sophistication you need and your hunting level. Many prefer single-pin sights since they won’t have to remember the range set for each pin. Single-pin bow sights can be set to a specific range. You need to hold high or hold low, depending on whether you want to shoot beyond or within.
2. Arrow Spine
As a general rule of thumb, your chosen arrow spine needs to match the power of your bow. This is important for better shooting accuracy and safety. Keep in mind that incorrect spine specifications can impact the flight of your arrow. For instance, under-spine ones often veer to the right of the target.
Arrows that are under-spined or too limber for your bow may cause it to wobble. This is referred to as fishtail flight and it can be dangerous. Many archers prefer stiff arrow spines over ones that are too weak. However, one problem with too stiff arrows is that it can result in a poor grouping on target shooting.
Picking a broadbend with a good design can help you achieve two things: increase your shooting efficiency and minimize flight deviation. Arrows will fly straight into the target, and a broadbend that will cause the arrow to wobble is not good. When choosing a broadbend, keep in mind the type of game animal or target you are hunting.
For example, mechanical broadbends are ideal for game animals like slender deer and turkeys. Mechanical broadbends have wider blades that can cause larger wounds but less penetration. If penetration efficiency is your priority, it is recommended that you get fixed-blade broadbends.
4. Archery Targets for Practice
While archers only used sacks of grain and hay as targets before, they can choose various materials and designs that match their arrows, broadhead, and bow type nowadays.
- Sack Targets: Also known as bag targets, block targets are often used for archery practice. Designed to be tough, it can easily withstand repetitive shots.
- Block Targets: Block targets are usually made of foam so they are easier to carry around.
5. Archery Release
Shooting accurately with your fingers will require practice. Fortunately, an archery release can make your life so much easier. No wonder many consider it a must. An archery release can be handheld, attached to your wrist, or controlled by your fingers.
If you want to significantly increase your shooting accuracy, you should invest in a bow stabilizer. Most modern bows can be equipped with a stabilizer. Stabilizers work by balancing out the bow’s weight so it remains steady at full draw and after you shoot. Stabilizers come in various sizes and they can be screwed into the bow.
Many veterans recommend stabilizers, especially when shooting on long-range targets and in stiff winds. Using stabilizers is also ideal when standing in one spot or hunting from a tree stand. However, you can consider it optional if you are mobile hunting or running.
7. Bow Quiver
The handy case that holds the arrows is called a quiver. Some quivers are designed to stand on the ground, while other types can be attached to the body. The most common bow quiver comes with a strap that the user can wear on the side or back.
8. Bow Case
If you need a place to store your bow to ensure its safety during transport, you can never go wrong with a bow case. A bow case is also considered a great investment since it can protect your bow and gear from the weather and impact. It can also help ensure that everything stays organized.
Ideally, you need to invest in a high-quality bow case that is water and moisture resistant. If you are going on a hunting trip, a good backpack bow case would be ideal as it allows you to carry all you need while on the move. Fortunately, many bow hunting backpacks now come with hydration-ready compartments.
9. Climbing Tree Stand
Want to hide your scent from the ground and get a good vantage point for hunting? Consider investing in a climbing tree stand. There are various tree stands that will suit your needs. Always consider the hunting location, tree types, terrain, and portability when looking for one.
10. GPS Devices (For Tracking and Hunting)
Boundaries, hunt waypoints, and topographic contour maps are just some reasons you should invest in a GPS device. Many GPS devices now come with barometric altimeters, hunting calendars and can provide data for elevation, distances, temperature, and latitude and longitude coordinates.
Not everyone may know it, but some archery equipment can be costly. You must do your research to figure out if you can borrow the equipment or purchase a second-hand one. The list above should give you a good insight into the archery hunting gear you need, whether bought, borrowed, or rented.
About the Author
Maren McReynolds is the Content Marketing Director of Black Mountain Outfitters, a company that offers world-class guided hunts in New Mexico, Arizona, and South Dakota. When not working, she spends time swimming with her two kids and giving back to the community.