Alabama Hunter Safety Course


Stringing a Bow

Bow Stringer

Stringing a bow is the act of placing a string onto a bow. In the case of long bows and recurve bows, this is relatively simple with the help of a bow stringer. However stringing a compound bow is considerably more complicated, and should only be done by professionals.

Since the string on a long or recurve bow is taught when in place, the limbs must be bent even further to install the string properly, which can be quite difficult to achieve. A bow stringer is a long, tough rope what a hunter can use to help bend the limbs enough to place the string without straining.

Before using a bow stringer, make sure it is designed for your bow and that it meets your bow's draw weight. Do not use a stringer intended for a reciurve on a long bow. This could damage your bow. 

Slide both ends of the bow string onto the limbs. Place the lower limb's string loop into the string groove. The upper limb's string loop will tighten, but will not be in place yet. Next, slide both ends of the stringer onto the tips of the limbs, step onto the middle of the stringer and pull the bow upward (as shown above). This will pull back the limbs just like if you were drawing the bow. Once the limbs are drawn back enough, you should be able to slip the upper limb's string into the string groove. Once you do, lower the bow slightly and the bow stringer should slip off your bow.

Stringing a bow can be a little challenging if you've never done it before. Having an experienced archery hunter show you the proper way to string a bow is always best. Always follow manufacturer's recommendations for your bow and bow stringer.