The bow has been around for almost as long as mankind, serving as a tool for hunters to nourish themselves. Today, bowhunting is considered a specialized form of hunting as it requires the use of bow and arrow. But its essence includes so much more than the distinct tools used.
As bowhunting season approaches, we’ve come up with the different gears you need for the activity, from the most basic ones to the optional tools.
Here’s a checklist of the basic pieces of equipment for bowhunting and why you need them.
Make sure that the arrows you’ll pick will match your recurve bow’s draw weight and your draw length. We recommend buying them while also buying the bow. A good hunting arrow should also reach your target deeply for a great impact. They should be stiff if your bow is powerful. Failure to match your arrow’s spine or arrow’s stiffness with your bow will cause the arrow to deflect and you will not have much success in your hunting.
Some people just get whatever broadhead is available without discerning, but you should pick one according to the game you want to hunt. The two major types of broadheads include the mechanical blade and the fixed blade. Get a fixed blade if you aim for small wounds and a mechanical blade for a large and shallow wound. Remember that your broadhead should come with a wrench too. Don’t unscrew it with your bare hands as it could inflict wounds on you.
Finger Tab or Glove and Arm Guard
You might get the string to come in contact with your arm when you’re shooting and it can hurt you. That is why an arm guard is recommended to protect you from the slap. Consider the material that gives you comfort.
As for the finger tab or glove, it is also a matter of preference on which one gives more comfort. Both will prevent your fingers from becoming sore from the string. Always ensure that the size and material are right for your skin.
Without one, you will not enjoy your hunting! The quiver will let you have a safe and efficient space for your arrows. There are different kinds of quivers you can choose from, such as:
- Belt quiver. If you want a small, compact, and lightweight one, then this is the right selection. Although it can be hard using it when you’re moving through thick bushes, it will be more convenient for you to draw an arrow.
- Back quiver. This is the most common type of quiver which is also well-known in movies. It has a strap that you can carry on your back. Some drawbacks of the back quiver include the noisy drawing of arrows and the need to consider your hand orientation.
- Bow quiver. This is the type of quiver that is attached to the bow and mostly used with compound bows
- Ground quiver. This is not the best type of quiver for hunting since you need to place it on the ground unless you plan to stand in the same area the whole time.
You need camouflage clothing that will match the color of your hunting environment and definitely not one with bright colors. Camo will help you sneak up on your prey more easily.
Some also recommend dressing in layers to keep you prepared for the unpredictable weather. If your budget is tight, you can always improvise for camo clothing. Don’t forget about warm hats, gloves, and socks.
Another thing to consider when choosing your hunting outfit is the size. Baggy clothing will surely send your arrow off-target and make it harder to release the bowstring. Be comfortable and practical!
Whereas you can improvise your own camo clothing, bowhunting footwear is an important investment. Do not try to go to your location without wearing proper shoes since you won’t feel comfortable throughout the activity. If you hunt in a cold place, make sure they keep you warm. Early-autumn hunts in warm temperatures, on the other hand, require light boots.
A backpack is also a must-have to help you carry everything you need, such as snacks, water, gears, your hunting license, and even your prey. For bowhunters aiming for a white-tailed deer, a small daypack is enough.
Furthermore, do not buy a bright-colored bag like your bag. Consider the material, bulkiness, and comfort.
A case will keep your stuff organized. Try a soft case if you do not have to travel very far when hunting. But if you’re in it for maximum protection, go for a hard case. It’s also recommended if your gear is expensive.
Optional Bowhunting Gears
Here are some other tools you don’t really need but might want to save up for next time:
- Tree stand
How to Start Bowhunting
Bowhunting begins and ends with safety. Although it is not as dangerous as other activities, it can cause accidents with negligence and ignorance. Follow some of our tips on how to start bowhunting the right way
- Get to know your hometown bow shops. This is also the place where you can meet people of the same interests. Start to hang out with these people with bowhunting knowledge and tap into these resources for local wisdom.
- Communicate with your state’s wildlife agency. Ask questions and address your concerns if you have them. These professionals can suggest programs that may help in your bowhunting journey.
- Research more. Think everything through and through, especially the tools you will be buying. Google the best brands for bowhunting equipment.
- Find a place to bow hunt. It can be hard to have convenient access to bowhunting but you can accomplish it on private and public lands. Always ask permission first.
Practice Makes Perfect
Your first few bowhunting trips will humble you. Don’t worry if you don’t catch any animal during the first few times. Keep practicing and learning as much as you can about the game and the hunting environment. Soon you will get the big animals!