Meridian Star

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September 13, 2013

Archery Addicts Anonymous

MERIDIAN —                                                             

    Archery 101–the basics–CHOOSING A COMPOUND BOW: Draw weight?

    The number two problem is shooting a bow with too much draw weight. So, how much is too much? If we cannot pull a bow back comfortably while seated, the draw weight is too much. If we have to aim at the moon in order to pull a bow back, the draw weight it too much.

    Our goal should be to pull back s-l-o-w-l-y to our anchor point without aiming more than six inches above the target and pretending that a world class 14 point buck has us in his sights.   

    I can pull back 70 pounds but I shoot a 60 pound bow. Even at 60 pounds and 27 inch draw length my bow is too fast for ASA competition. So I shoot heavier arrows to slow my arrows down to 280 feet per second (fps). I could turn the bow draw weight down to 50 pounds but that would be like driving a standard transmission automobile too slow in high gear; makes more noise.

    A draw weight of 40–50 pounds is really all anyone needs for competition; with the right arrow! The same thing is true for deer hunting. My wife shoots forty pounds.  She killed her first deer and the arrow went completely through.

    Draw weight and arrow selection; everything is a trade off.  As the draw weight increases so must the arrow weight. The heavier the arrow the slower the arrow speed.

    CAUTION: Shooting underweight arrows has the same risk as dry-firing a bow.

    A 60 pound bow shooting the correct arrow will shoot almost as fast as a 70 pound bow shooting an arrow that is too heavy. The bottom line is: does it really matter if an arrow passes through a deer six inches or six feet; unless we are trying to kill two deer with one shot?

    Shooting a bow with too much draw weight may affect the accuracy of the shooter and we can’t kill what we can’t hit.

    Address questions to: trivers@hughes.net.  Cell 601-604-0913

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