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Bow Hunting: Choosing Your First Rig

Whether you are a novice or experienced hunter there are many different options when considering how to rig a bow and arrow for hunting, but most hunters can agree on a few key factors to consider when choosing your rig: accuracy, speed, forgiveness, and stealth. With hundreds of brands and thousands of rig combinations, it is easy for a beginner to get confused, make poor decisions, or simply follow bad advice. The key is to consider each of these needs one by one to ensure you are making educated buys that are truly going to increase your hunting ability.

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Choosing Your Bow

If you are a novice to archery and have no clue how to rig a bow and arrow for hunting, make sure you choose a bow that includes a wide variety of adjustments. You do not want to loose interest in this great hobby just because it is difficult to adjust your draw strength! There are several brands that offer bows with a range of draw length from 13 to 30 inches, and a range of draw weight from 5 to 70 pounds. Until you figure out your specific draw length, weight, and decide exactly what it is you want to be hunting, choosing a bow with a range of options is your best option.

Choosing Your Arrows

Arrows may be the number one expense for any archer. It is highly recommended that the novice archer chooses quantity over quality arrows. Every hobby has its prodigies but before you go spend a fortune on costly arrows its best to refine your shot (that means practice!). For this purpose, carbon arrows are generally durable enough for beginners and a much least costly option. Make sure you are purchasing the right spine stiffness for your draw length and weight.

Choosing Your Broadheads

Expensive bows do not kill deer. How expensive your bow is does not matter if you have inadequate broadheads. There are two different kinds to choose from: fixed blade and mechanical. Fixed blade broadheads are considered to have better penetration because there is no risk of the blade not expanding; Mechanical blades are typically considered to have better accuracy because their appearance is more streamlined, like the field tips you will be practicing with.

Other Features

Often times you can purchase a bow with all the needed features: a sight, string loop, rest, stabilizer, quiver, and sling. This is a great option for a beginner until you get some experience and figure out what options are best for you. Other features to consider adding to your rig are a string stop and a release aid for a quieter, more accurate, and a much more forgiving.

Learning how to rig a bow and arrow for hunting is a touch and go process and it will take some time to figure out which options are truly best for you but as long as you keep these key components in mind you are off to a great start to your first hunting season!

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