Are you a beginner who’s about to try bowhunting? An expert who upgrades his gear every year? Or a bowhunter who hasn’t done it for ages? You’re probably looking for the best bow, comparing brands, models, and planning to buy a new bow.
If you want to make the most out of your money, here are some bow-buying mistakes you should avoid.
Many people love to shop online since this is where they can buy the cheapest stuff possible. However, finding the cheapest price on a bow doesn’t save you money in the long run. You can’t guarantee that the parts are original and high-quality, and you can’t also test them. Furthermore, you can’t get them fixed and assembled unless you know how to set up a bow correctly.
Most archery shops charge an hourly rate for setting up bows that aren’t purchased in their shop at about $50 to $100. Try to calculate if it’s worth it to buy a bow online to save a few bucks and get them assembled in another store for $100.
Being Thrifty on Accessories
Some people choose to buy the bow they can afford the most and overlook the accessories. Don’t do this. You need to invest not only on a good bow but also on good accessories. Accessories are important since if one malfunction, the rest might not and your shot won’t hit.
There are low-end and mid-priced bows that are as good as the high-end ones. Go for these kinds so you can buy high-quality accessories.
If you have car loans, a second mortgage, school debt, and maxed-out credit cards, we don’t recommend you buy a $1500 bow. Remember that you shouldn’t be thrifty but that doesn’t mean you can overspend. There are several bows that range from $330 to $500. Don’t stretch yourself too thin by purchasing something you really can’t afford.
Buying from the Wrong Retailer
Purchasing a bow entails getting it assembled for free by the dealer you buy it from. The bow technician should be an expert in doing so, but not all archery shops have skilled bow technicians. Some of them lack the skill and knowledge required to set up a bow accurately. Don’t buy from these retailers.
Do your research, google online reviews about shops, and interview customers who have purchased bows from the shop. You can even visit the shop once or twice before you’re ready to buy a new bow. Ask them questions about how to set up the bow and see how well they can answer.
There are dealers who offer bows at a low price but don’t know how to assemble them. This is only a good option if you know how to set up your own bow!
Buying Based on Recommendations
Every bowhunter has his or her own preferences. Trying to love a bow that your friend recommended can be frustrating, especially if it doesn’t fit you well. So don’t let anyone’s suggestion guide your bow-buying decision. But it’s alright to consider their opinions. Be open-minded and test out different brands to until you discover something that feels and fits better.
While we don’t recommend you simply follow your friends’ recommendations, we also don’t suggest being a know-it-all. When you walk into an archery store, especially if you haven’t purchased a bow for several years or more, be open-minded. Consider the salesman as an expert and listen to his suggested draw length. Bow brand A’s flagship bow set to 28 inches might be slightly longer than brand B’s flagship bow set to the same draw length. There are many factors that affect it.