Archery Basics

Bowhunting is half hunting and half archery.  Mastering the basics of archery will allow you to become a more proficient, and successful, bowhunter.

Bowhunter at full draw

How To Determine Draw Length

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What Is Draw Length? Draw length is exactly as the term describes, it is the length (in inches) that a bow is drawn.  This length is measured from the front of the Berger hole (where the arrow rest mounts to the riser) to the corner or angle of the string.  This can also be measured […]
Archer bending arrow with hands

What Is Arrow Spine?

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The spine, or “stiffness”, of an arrow is a simple concept to understand, yet its importance is often overlooked.  Arrow spine is rated by “deflection”, which is a measurement of the shaft’s propensity to bend when force is applied.  To understand deflection, let’s first begin by understanding how spine is tested. Spine ratings are determined […]
Bowhunter at full draw in corn field

Finding Your Anchor Point

5 Min Read
Every bowhunter strives to shoot with consistency and accuracy.  Their objective, whether practicing on a target or shooting at an animal, is to do everything they possibly can to ensure that the arrow finds its mark.  Minor deviations in form or alignment can have disastrous effects on accuracy.  Any degree of inconsistency in form is […]

Bare Shaft Tuning Your Bow

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Bare shaft tuning is a method of tuning the arrow rest by comparing the impact points of regular field tipped, fletched arrows to that of field tipped, unfletched arrows.  The ultimate goal of bare shaft tuning is to have both arrows impact at the same point.  For this procedure we are going to assume that […]
Bowhunter with Mathews Monster bow

Types of Bows

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Archery is one of the oldest practices in existence for hunting and before that a tool for protection.  Four types of bows are common in the world today; compound bows, recurve bows, long bows and crossbows.  While many people will argue that a crossbow is not “archery equipment,” they are indeed wrong as archery, by […]
Mathews Geo Gridlock Riser

Anatomy of a Compound Bow

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A key factor in being able to select the right bow for the type of shooting or bow hunting you’ll be doing is having a proper understanding of what all the bow’s various pieces are and how they work.  In the following article we will break down the many components that work in harmony to […]

How To Cut Arrows On Your Own

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Cutting arrows in your garage or workshop can save a great deal of time and allow you to experiment with various arrow lengths and types.  This step by step guide will show you how to properly and safely cut arrows on your own. Step 1 – Determine Your Arrow Length If you don’t already know […]
Bowhunter on horizon

Choosing The Best Bow For You

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One of the fundamental keys to an enjoyable shooting and bowhunting experience starts with choosing the right bow for your needs.  This includes not just the size and shape of the bow itself, but also factors such as cost, warranty and the type of hunting or shooting you’ll be doing.  For example, bowhunters pursuing whitetails […]

How To Tie A D-Loop on Your Bow

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The purpose of burning the ends of the D-Loop cord is to ensure that the knot does not pull back through itself while drawing the bow back. A D-Loop is simply a piece of cord that is attached to the bowstring above and below the arrows nock in order

String Loops for Accuracy

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You should use a release aid that has an easily-adjustable trigger so you can set the pressure to your own personal liking. Hunter shown wearing Lost Camo. More and more bowhunters have begun adding a string loop to the bowstring. The reason is simpl