Buckmasters Tip of the Week: Short Bows Not to be Taken Lightly

by Justin on February 8, 2008

Short Bows Not to be Taken Lightly

Short bows are all the rage with hunters, and bow manufacturers have been quick to supply bows to meet the demand. While the manufacturers have made incredible advances and created bows that hold their speed and functionality, short-bow shooters should know that there is a price for having all that energy in such a small package.

While today’s short bows are every bit as effective and lethal as longer bows, a short bow will magnify any flaws in shooting form. If you grip your bow, grab it upon release, tilt it to the side or any other of the long list of possible form lapses, a short bow will tend to make that flaw apparent in your shooting.

There’s no doubt that bows 32 inches and shorter are easier to hunt with, but if you opt to use one, take extra time to practice and work out any kinks that might show up in your shooting. If you’re a beginner getting ready to purchase a bow, consider something in the 33- to 34-inch range as a good compromise between size and forgiveness.

As with everything, good bow shooting often comes down to preference and comfort for each individual.

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Kris February 11, 2008 at 10:00 am

I have been tempted to move to a shorter bow, for all the good reasons they list in this article. However, I am not sure I want to give up my “forgiving” longer bow! Maybe I will be able to find something that is the “best of both worlds”

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