How to Choose an Arrow

There are several important factors to consider when choosing an arrow. An arrow’s overall weight and stiffness can affect how it flies. It’s important to ensure your arrow is heavy enough for the type of shooting you will be doing. Arrow weight is also a critical factor in how well your bow handles the stress of shooting. Understanding how to pick an arrow with a proper spine has several key factors. We’ve created this guide to help when choosing an arrow. What does arrow spine mean? The spine of the arrow refers to how an arrow shaft's stiffness. Depending on the strength of the bow, arrows require a different amount of flex to fly properly. A properly balanced arrow will flex as it leaves the bow, then return to true and fly straight into the [...]

Archery Point Types

Have you ever needed to look for arrow tips? Picking which ones to use can seem overwhelming when you first start comparing them. There are so many tips to choose from and each is slightly different from the next. It’s important to ask yourself what kind of tip is needed. Depending on what you’re doing, the type of tip may change. Combined with weight and size, every kind of tip excels at different activities. Today, we’re going to talk about the basic types of archery points, also called arrow tips, and when to use each kind. We can break archery points down into three major categories: small game points, practice points, and broadheads. There is some overlap between small game tips and practice points. Some tips work for either activity, but other designs work [...]

Anatomy of a Compound Bow

A compound bow is a collection of simple machines that work together to give the archer a mechanical advantage when they shoot. Compound bows allow for more customization than traditional bows. Risers The riser is the central piece to which all other parts attach. The riser contains the grip and arrow shelf. It has universal mounting points that allow accessories like stabilizers, rests, and sights to attach to the bow. The limbs of the bow are bolted onto the riser. Cams Cams are a critical component of a compound bow. They are what allow compound bows to transfer so much energy into the limbs. However, when you reach the full draw of the bow, cams can ‘let off’ up to 90% of the pressure required to hold the bowstring in the full draw position. A [...]

Tips for Winter Archery

Winter Archery 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 [...]

3D Archery – what it is, and how to participate

What is it? 3D archery builds on the skills every archer develops initially by adding dynamic shooting into the sport. Archers walk a pre-determined course in small groups. Each archer gets a single shot at a three-dimensional target shaped like an animal. The targets on the animals cover the vital areas where a hunter would normally aim. These courses challenge archers to adapt their shooting to account for variable conditions, distances, and angles. These large outdoor courses take full advantage of the natural terrain to increase the difficulty of the competition. The archers may be asked to shoot a target that has partial cover or is at a different elevation. The archers must battle variable wind and weather conditions to hit their target. Shooting positions are determined by the category for which each shooter has [...]