Bow hunting doesn't have to stop just because temperatures have dropped and snow has arrived! Properly prepared, bows are fully capable of performing in cold, wet weather.
Before You Go Out
Cold weather makes bows stiffer which puts more pressure on string and limbs. In other words, the cold makes the bow harder to pull back. Before heading into the woods, check the condition of your bow to make sure it is prepared for winter weather!
Your strings and cables should be well waxed. Wax will protect strings from moisture that could damage them over time and will also help stop them from freezing.
In addition, ensure that bow limbs are in good shape with no damage like cracked or delaminated areas. The cold can make damaged areas like these more brittle. Wooden bows must be well protected from the elements. Ensure there is no exposed bare wood.
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Practice in The Cold
Over time, as you sit in your treestand, your bow will stiffen. Therefore, if you plan to shoot your bow in below zero temperatures, it is crucial to practice beforehand. Stiffened strings and limbs can affect the range and accuracy of your equipment. Sights may need to be adjusted or steps taken to compensate for the shot in cold weather. Every bow will be affected by the cold to a different extent, so it is critical to test how your gear performs in different conditions.
Cold weather clothing may get tangled in your string, change your anchor points, and make it hard to handle your string properly. Practicing beforehand can help work out these issues or give you time to swap out some of your cold-weather gear for items that may be more streamlined. It is important to find the balance between mobility and heat retention while firing bows in cold temperatures.
Once in The Field
Be aware; it takes time for your bow to adjust to the cold. How your bow fires will change as the day progresses and you and your bow get colder.
While out in the snow, it is vital to keep a close eye on your cams. If snow or ice builds up, it could cause damage to your bow. Always ensure your cams are clear of obstructions before firing.
Other important areas to check for obstruction are axels, drop away rests, and whisker biscuits. Cold parts may respond sluggishly; parts jammed with snow or ice may not work at all. This may affect the flight of your arrow, drastically changing your point of impact.
Once You Get Home
Ensure that you clear off any snow or ice on your bow. A bow's number one enemy is moisture, and cold weather can compound moisture problems. Make sure your bow is clean and dry. Your bow should be stored away from moisture in a temperature-controlled area.