Illinois Hunter Safety Course

 

Selecting a Bow and Arrows

A bow must fit the individual who shoots it. Likewise, arrows must be sized for the bow. Before attempting to shoot a bow and arrow, get familiar with the bow's draw weight and draw length.

Draw Weight

Draw weight describes the maximum amount of weight needed to pull a bow string completely back. The draw weight is measured in pounds. When purchasing a bow, be sure you can pull it back comfortably. The bow string should be pulled back in a smooth motion to full draw. If you have to struggle, the draw weight is too high and will result in poor shot placement.

 

Safety First! Drawing back a bow that has too much draw weight may result in pulled muscles in your chest and shoulder areas or other damage to your shoulder.

 

Draw Length

Draw length describes the distance between the bow string and the grip at full draw. Bows come in different draw lengths, the most common being 26 inches, 27 inches, 28 inches and 29 inches. When purchasing a bow, it is very important to have it properly fitted by a reputable dealer. Every bow has a label describing how the bow is set up, with the string and cable length. It is usually located on the inside of the lower limb.

Important! Drawing a bow back that does not fit your draw length may result in damage to your bow.

 

Proper Technique

Anchor Point

The location of the archer's face, mouth or jaw at full draw where the drawing hand is positioned to provide the archer with a consistent anchor point for each shot.


 
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