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    Bow and Arrow – The complete Guide

    The bow and arrow has been used for millenia as a weapon of war, hunting and sport.  The bow and arrow consists of basically as the name states a bow and arrows.  The bow which is the projectile launching weapon is often made of wood, aluminum, carbon fiber or a mixture of these components and is available in different types as listed below.

    Traditional Bow

    This type of bow is usually made of wood and consists of different layers that make up the bow riser (middle part) and the limbs.  This type of bow is more along the lines of what was used all throughout history.

    CrossBow

    The crossbow is usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber. This type of bow is similar in style to a gun as it has a stock and a trigger.  Crossbows are basically just a traditional bow built to shoot like a gun (although does not have the power of a gun).

    Compound Bow

    The Compound Bow is newer style of bow that features cams, and/or wheels on the limbs.  This allows for greater arrow speeds, smoother draw cycles, and the possibility of let off making it easier to keep the bow at full draw for a longer period of time.  Compound Bows are usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and allows for additions of many types of accessories.

    Arrows are the second part of the bow and arrow combo.  The arrows are the actual projectiles and while they used to be made of wood, these days they are more commonly made of carbon or aluminum.  This allows for greater accuracy, durability, and ability to customize with different arrow heads.

    The 2 main uses for bow and arrows today are for hunting and sport. In general bows are pretty universal and can be used for both hunting and sport, however like any other sport there are companies that tailor compound and traditional type bows specifically for sport/competition.  These specific bows are usually lighter and more accurate.

    Bow and Arrows can range widely in price anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars.  The price of a bow and arrow is dependent on factors such as the company name, materials used, popularity, and quality of the bow.  It is important to be said that Archery is an expensive sport to get into however once you have the equipment it is not very expensive to maintain and upkeep your equipment.  The key to getting a quality bow and arrow for a decent price is to shop around and do your research.

    With most bow and arrows today there is a need for certain accessories that will help to make it easier to shoot.  These accessories include the following components:

    Sights

    Bow sights are often made of plastic or metal, and include metal or fiber optic pins that help you to be able to accurately aim at your targets, instead of eying it up like traditional archers used to have to do.

    Rest

    Bow rests come is all different types, shapes, sizes and materials and helps to support your arrow.  It used to be that the arrow would rest on the shelf however, the arrow often tends to move and travel side to side which can cause very inaccurate shots.  Bow rests however help to curb that behavior and allow for more accurate shots and less arrow movement.

    Release

    A bow release is a mechanical accessory that grabs onto the string or string loop and assists you in pulling back the bow string so that you do not have to use your fingers.  This is a great help as with a lot of bows today you are pulling 50 to 70 lbs and this can really work to damage the joints in your fingers.

    Vibration Dampners

    When any bow is shot there is always vibrations from the string that can often be thrown into the bow riser and can be felt in your hand.  This can be virtually removed with the use of vibration dampners.

    Where to get a bow and arrow?

    Bow and Arrows can be bought many places including Ebay, Kijiji, pawn shops, classifieds and many other 2nd hand type places.  However these places offer as is equipment that may not even fit you properly or work properly.  If you are new to the sport and don’t know what to look for it will be worth your while to go to an archery shop.  These shops have experienced archers that can help educate you and get you archery equipment that fits you at a good price.

    Archery is a very challenging but fun sport that can be enjoyed by everybody in the family. For this reason The bow and arrow is quickly gaining in popularity and will continue to do so.  So I encourage you to get out there get yourself a bow and arrows and start enjoying the great sport of archery.

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    Tree Stand Buddy Overview – The Safer Easier Way to Put up a Tree Stand

    Tree Stand Buddy Tree stand Bracket System
    Tree Stand Buddy is a very unique and useful tree stand bracket system that has been designed to work with your tree stands to provide an easier safer way to move, put up, take down and manage your treestand.  The Tree Stand Buddy comes with a bracket which fits onto your single or double post tree stand and a receiver which you can fasten to the tree with regular ratchet straps.
    The TBS receiver comes with a metal loop that you can use to hoist your stand up into the tree or lower it down from the tree.  This of course saves you from the dangers and time it takes to carry your stand up or down with you. Once in the tree you simply slide the bracket located on the back of your stand into the receiver piece that has been fastened to the tree and it provides a noise free tight fit that keeps your stand from moving and making noise.
    A few of the benefits of using the Tree Stand Buddy include:
    - Easier, faster and safer mounting or unmounting of your tree stand
    - Easy take down of your tree stand to prevent theft.
    - Allows your stand to be set up the same time every time.
    - Buy separate receivers for easy relocation of your stand to your different hunting spots
    - Strong sturdy and tight fit to keep your stand in place and quiet.
    Tree Stand Buddy Commercial
    You can find more information about this treestand bracket system that will save you time and effort here: Tree Stand Buddy Information
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    The Dangers of Dry Firing a Bow


    Dry firing a bow is the act of shooting a bow without an arrow. While this may seem harmless to some of us who are just starting out I assure you that this can be one costly mistake. The fact of the matter is that it can happen to anyone beginner or expert for many different reasons. Whether it be from ignorance, distractions, or accidental misfire of a release it happens all the time. So the question is what do you do if you accidentally dry-fire your bow.

    There are a few outcomes that could happen when a bow is dry-fired, the first is that your bowstring, and cables could snap resulting in your limbs breaking and potential debris flying all over the place. This is basically the worst case scenario. The second scenario is that your string breaks however everything else stays intact, and the third possibility is that it will appear that nothing has happened to the bow.

    No matter what scenario your bow falls into after being dry-fired, the first thing you will need to do is to get a magnifying glass and a bright light and look over the limbs especially near the cams for any cracking, or splintering. If you find that one of both limbs have cracks or splinters in them then you will have to replace the limbs before you are able to shoot again.

    After checking for cracks and splinters in the limbs, take a look at the cams/wheels to make sure that they have not been bent or cracked, again if they are you will need to replace them as soon as possible before you are able to shoot. Next if you were lucky enough to have your string still intact, you will need to check the whole thing for badly frayed portions, cut strands, and badly damaged areas, especially near the axles.

    If everything checks out and you were unable to find anything wrong with your bow then you are lucky, and you have 2 options, your first option is to draw the bow(with an arrow) and shoot it. Make note of any weird noises, or vibrations. If you aren’t the risky type then you can bring it into a bow repair shop and they will have the tools and resources to be able to better inspect it for damages.

    In any of the other cases where the string breaks and/or the bow limbs shatter, you will first go get medical attention if you need it and then you will need to bring your bow in to a bow repair shop and you will have to replace the limbs,string, and any other broken parts(axles,cams,wheels etc.).

    Dry-firing your bow is something you will want to avoid at all costs. To help minimize your chances of dry-firing a bow you should always draw a bow with an arrow in it, and aim it at a target. This way if you do accidentally release the string there is an arrow in it and you have a target to stop the arrow. Also if you are just trying out a bow be sure to draw with a anti-dry-fire release. When in a group of people it is very easy to become side tracked and forget to load your bow with an arrow. Its always good to double check before you draw your bow.

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    An Introduction to The Sport of Archery

    Bows come in all shapes, sizes and colors but they all work on the same principle of potential and kinetic energy. When the bow is drawn the limbs are pulled inward creating energy that is stored in the limbs of the bow as potential energy. When the string is released the stored energy from the limbs are transferred to the arrow in the form of kinetic energy.

    The compound bow is one of the most popular bows that archers use this is because it offers more accuracy, speed and distance than other bows. The compound bow also offers something called let off. This is where at full draw the weight that is needed to draw the bow is dropped by 60%-80% so the archer can hold the string back without having to fight a great amount of weight

    The crossbow comes in as a close second to the compound bow for popularity. The crossbow is actually very close to a gun without the fire power. A crossbow takes the least amount of skill to operate as the string can be pulled back and locked into position and then fired using a trigger when the time arises. Crossbows because they have smaller limbs usually have a draw weight of 150+ pounds. This is a perfect transition bow for the avid gun hunter.

    In today’s archery world speed is a huge marketing topic for a bow, the speed of any given bow is called the IBO speed. This is calculated by using a 350grain arrow at 60lb draw weight and a 30inch draw length. The speed of a bow is greatly affected by these three issues (draw weight, draw length, weight of the arrow).

    Two common ways to shoot a bow are with what is called a release and fingers. Shooting with a release makes drawing a bow fairly simple because it puts less stress on your finger joints as well as providing a smooth release that will undoubtedly increasing the accuracy of the arrow.

    Shooting fingers is tougher in that your fingers are holding the weight of the drawn string and when the string is released from your fingers it tends to rotate the string around causing a loss of accuracy.

    When it comes to shooting a bow there are a couple of things you have to watch for so as to avoid serious injury.

    1. Before shooting an arrow you must make sure to look it over for any potential cracks or splinters that may be in the shaft. Shooting an arrow with a crack or splintered area could end up shattering into a million pieces and more often than not end up embedding themselves into your arm.

    2. Never under ANY circumstances shoot a bow which does not have an arrow loaded into it. Doing this will most definitely crack the limbs causing the bow to potentially shoot pieces of bow back in your face. Even if in the event that you’re lucky enough not to get injured your bow will be rendered useless.

    3. When shooting in wooded areas make sure that branches and twigs don’t get under the string. If this happens when the string is released and wraps back around the cam if there is a branch under the string it could get caught and cause the string to fall off the cam track.

    4. Not all arrows are compatible with your bow, if you shoot an arrow that is not stiff enough then when the arrow is shot it will bend too much and the arrow could shatter causing bodily harm.

    5. Never under any circumstance shoot straight into the air. You never know where the wind will take it or will it will land and you could seriously injure somebody.

    Today there are two main types of shooting in the sport of archery and those are competitive shooting and hunting.

    With competitive shooting the archers goal is to shoot arrows at a given target aiming at the bull’s-eye of the target or as close as possible so as to beat the other competitors. In competitions accuracy is everything, even being off on your shot by a quarter inch could be disastrous, due to this the equipment needed for this type of shooting has to be very precise and accurate and therefore the price of competition shooting equipment is a little more than hunting.

    Hunting has been around since the dawn of time and simply involves the archer shooting at animals for the purpose of food This type of archery needs less accurate equipment than target shooting as the as you are not trying to shoot for quarter sized bullseys.

    Aside from the accuracy difference of the equipment hunting also requires the use of broadheads which are razor sharp blades the screw on to the front of the arrow. The reason for this is because the biggest goal when hunting is taking the animal down as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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    What you Should Know Before Buying a Bow


    So your looking at purchasing your first bow, or even a new bow. You walk into the store with really no idea as to what you’re getting or what to even look for. Naturally you walk over to the archery section and head for the section of bows. You get up to the isle and notice that there are dozens of different bows from different companies. You start picking up different bows that appeal to you and you look down at the prices and you just can’t help getting a sense of helplessness as to what to buy.

    Just as you place a bow back on the rack, from around the corner the salesperson comes strolling up to you and starts trying to work his magic. An hour goes by and the next thing you know your walking out of the store with your new bow and all the accessories to that go along with it, still not knowing completely what you just bought or how to use it.

    If this has happened to you then your not alone, but after reading this article you should have a better knowledge about what to look for when purchasing a bow. The first thing that I want you to know is that although the old saying “You get what you pay for” still stands it is not always true. You’ll notice that with big names just as any other product you’re paying for that name.

    To help with this there are a couple of things you can do. The first would be to look at forums and customer reviews of the different bows out there, to gain a general knowledge of what companies to go with and which ones to stay away from, the more you know about bows the less of a chance your going to buy one that is unreliable. The second thing you can do and should not even think twice about it is to try the bow before you buy it. This will give you a feel for the bow and it will also let you know how it shoots.

    I cannot stress this second point enough “BOWS ARE NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL”. I have seen it way too many times where a person will go into a store and he/she will be sold a bow and the bow will be way too short or way too long for them and they are unable to remain consistent or even hurt themselves.

    Before purchasing any bow, you need to find out your true draw-length and your bow has to have a draw-length of 1″ less than your true draw. If you have purchased a bow that is too short or too long, most bows have modules that will govern the draw-length of the bow. They are not usually very expensive and you can usually get them from anyone that owns a archery store, or deals in archery equipment.

    Within the last couple of years the world of bows has taken a turn towards a new system called vertical limb technology. What this means is that the limbs of the bow are on more of a horizontal plane in relation to the riser of the bow. Why is this important when buying a bow, well this new technology stops the bow from wanting to jump forward after being shot. This in turn reduces the amount of vibration and movement in the bow, giving you a smoother more comfortable shot.

    The reason this works is because the older bows have limbs that are more upright when the bow is drawn the limbs bend back and upon release the limbs shoot back forward causing a forward jump of the bow. This new technology when released instead of both limbs being thrown forward, both limbs are thrown in opposite directions therefore the energy cancels each other out; eliminating the jump.

    If you’re a hunter than another feature to look for is let-off. This is the amount of weight that is taken off the pull of the bow at full draw expressed as a percentage. So lets say you have a 60lb bow that has 85% let-off, at full draw you would be holding a total of 9lbs of weight. This feature is definitely nice to have when your sitting there in the cold with your bow drawn back waiting for that desired shot on the animal.
    Generally speaking the best tip of advice is to simply do your homework before buying a bow. Bows are fairly expensive and the last thing you want is to purchase something that you can’t even effectively use.

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