There was a time when the bow was used as a weapon for hunting only, but now it’s being used for the sport of archery as well. A variety of bow accessories is available on the market today with their own functionality and advanced technology. However, if you’re a beginner and interested in getting started, you’ll need some must have accessories. So we have come up with a list of must have bow accessories for a beginner. We hope this article will help you understand what things you absolutely need to get started as a beginner.
The bow sight improves the accuracy of the hunter and ensures a quick and clean kill so the game animal doesn’t suffer. Bow sights or Crossbow scopes come with different features and in different designs. So get a bow sight that is suitable for your needs. Some bow sights have zoom functions. You can get a reticle scope, which can either be an optical or multi-reticle type. You can also go for laser sights.
Select an arrow rest depending on your shooting style and personal preference. You will find them in three designs namely, shoot- through, containment and drop-away. The shoot-through rest comes with simple design and installation and are popular. It is reliable and easy to use. The design of containment or capture rest encircles the shaft on at least three sides and effectively contains the arrow until it is released. So it is perfect for novice shooters. Drop-away rests do not touch the arrow in any way upon release. An arrow rest is used to hold the arrow against the handle until you release it. So remember to have one. For long-term use, an arrow rest is something you’ll want to install on your bow.
A target or foam block stops an arrow after you release it. There are four types of archery targets available. You can buy a 3D competition target in a variety of sizes, shapes, and positions. The 3D competition target stays solid against an onslaught of arrows. It is ideal for practice and competition. It provides you with the ultimate tool for developing your shooting skills. Make sure your 3D practice target comes with a replaceable core. It eliminates the need to get a new complete archery target when the vital target area wears out. You can consider foam layer block targets as well. They are durable and economical. The fiber-filled bag target enables easy arrow removal and supports even the most powerful crossbow systems are the bag targets. Archery and sporting shops sell foam blocks that serve nicely, but you can use a few bales of hay as well.
A quiver is for holding your arrows. You will find them in different designs. Choose one based on your shooting habit. Side or belt quivers with a pocket design fit into a back pocket. A back quiver can come with left-handed, right-handed and ambidextrous access as well as diagonal strapping against your chest. Ground quiver comes with a round loop and a hook to hold the arrows and do not require you to carry the arrows around. A bow quiver comes mounted on the crossbow. However, you can detach or permanently fix it on your crossbow. They are convenient and fast.
A bow stabilizer is used for reducing bow vibration and noise, and to help keep the bow stable and steady when shooting. The bow stabilizer has a dampening component made of a type of sand, gel or rubber. However, the most common component used is rubber. Good quality crossbows feature a stabilizer weighted on the front end furthest from the bow. So it keeps the bow stable during shooting and effectively cancels out noise and vibration. If you are a target archer, consider buying a long stabilizer for huge stability. For hunting purpose, you may not like a stabilizer that’s too long because of shooting conditions and requirements. However, the additional length may still prove to be beneficial to some extent.
A field-dressing kit is essential when you’re on a hunt. This kit includes latex gloves and a sharp knife, a knife sharpener and bone saw. If you are new to field dressing an animal, take a print out of field-dressing instructions from the internet.
A release is necessary for consistency and accuracy. Do a little research first to identify your needs and then buy one accordingly.
A sight is mounted on the riser of the bow. It helps you aim your arrow accurately and effectively. It is essential for both beginners and professionals.
Armguards can keep you safe from bruising your arm when you fire by protecting your bow arm from the bowstring during the shot. Some armguards come in leather. Choose an armguard according to your preference. An armguard covers your forearm, and sometimes your entire arm, to keep your sleeves, hair, and skin out of the way of the bowstring as you release your arrow. Until you learn how to adjust your elbow to keep most of it out of the way of the string, wear an armguard to cover as much of your arm as possible. The string will smack or drag along your arm from time to time, especially as you’re learning the sport.
Glove or Finger Tabs
If you are a finger shooter, you can use a finger tab. Use it onto your draw-hand fingers to cover the palm side of your fingers. A tab is more popular than a glove because the leather lasts for long, and it doesn’t cover the entire hand. Shooting a bow without protection for your fingers can cause painful blisters. Wear a leather glove or finger tabs can prevent these blisters. Modern finger tabs sometimes also include spacers that spread the index and middle fingers apart to keep you from pinching the arrow.
Nock point provides you with a constant place on your bowstring to nock your arrow. It is important for maintaining consistency of shooting so your arrow has a better chance of going where you want it to go every time to shoot your bow. It also helps make sure you don’t nick your bow hand with the arrow’s fletchings. A nock point can be made from brass points, from serving string, or from tape. Any experienced archer can help you with setting your nock point if necessary.
A broadhead wrench allows you to unscrew a broadhead tip from your arrow without slicing your fingers open. It’s not necessary if you are using field tips only. However, it will be helpful if you’re doing some sort of archery that requires broadheads.
Bow String Wax
There are millions of fibers that make up one strand of a string. These fibers rub together and create friction when you shoot. It leads to the strands snapping and shortens the life of your string if you do not lubricate it properly. So use bowstring wax, which provides good lubrication a layer of protection against water and other elements. Wax your bowstring every 2 to 4 weeks to increase its longevity.
String Whisker Silencers
Whisker silencers are lightweight rubber silencers that reduce the noise of your bowstring without compromising the performance of your bow. These are not important for target archery, but necessary when you hunt.
The items we have described above are more than enough for a beginner to get started. These are things an archer cannot do without, whether it’s for pastime or profession. We believe that now you have a clear idea about the things you need to have before you go for hunting or target practice.