Bow tuning is not very commonly practiced by a majority of bowhunters. This is more than likely due to the fact that it is fairly time consuming and does take a bit of knowledge to do. Some archers are under the impression that if they go out and buy the most expensive rest and sight that this will help them to avoid having to tune their bows. Unfortunately it will not work like this.
It MAY lessen the frequency of tuning you have to do but you will still have to tune your bow. Tuning your bow is just the act of basically moving your rest up/down/left/right so as get your arrow flying out of the bow as smoothly as you can.
Tuning your bow is not necessary but it is recommended for a few reasons. Tuning your bow not only helps to improve your shooting and reduces the amount of wear to your equipment but also keeps your arrow shooting as straight as possible.
Now you may be asking yourself does it really make that big of a difference, well let me assure you that it does and could mean the difference between getting your trophy animal and kicking your self in the behind for missing. Let me explain what I mean.
An arrow that flies from a none tuned bow will most definitely have a wobble in the back of the arrow, now that wobble may not be serious enough to hurt your shot a great deal on a calm day but lets throw some wind in there and you have yourself a huge chance of that wobble becoming worse as it is caught by the wind. The wobble also creates more wind drag that will slow your arrow down causing less penetration.
An arrow that is shot from a bow that is not tuned has 4 possible outcomes these are that the arrow will either be kicked out so the back of the arrow is pointed down, up, to the right or left. This plays a huge role on how your arrow will fly and how it will hit and enter your target.
For example if your arrow is kicked out and the back of the arrow is pointing downward the arrow will try to stabilize as much as it can before hitting the target but more times than not when the arrow hits the target the arrow will be going in on an angle, which greatly reduces the penetration of the arrow. Paper tuning makes tuning a bow a whole lot easier and less painful as it serves as a visual aid so that you can see how your arrow is flying from your bow.
When the arrow goes through the paper if it is not going straight in, it will actually make a tear in the direction that the back of the arrow is pointed. This will take the guessing work out of tuning your bow and cut the time down as well.
So whether your a competition shooter or a hunter you will benefit greatly by spending an hour or so tuning your bow to guarantee your arrows are flying straight. If you would like to know exactly how to paper tune your bow look in our tutorial section.