“What Bow to Choose”, When Starting Youth Hunting Career!
Starting youth out in bow hunting can be a daunting task, especially considering the number of youth bows on the market. There are more considerations than just size to be considered when finding the right bow to get kids hunting and with many parents purchasing bows online these considerations become even more valid. A feature that parents should consider is the versatility of the bow. Any youth bow should grow with the child and adjust for height and weight. Another key feature to consider is the weight of the bow itself. The bow length and draw weight are two additional features that should be considered when purchasing a youth bow. There are three bows that take versatility, bow length, and draw weight into consideration and because of that have become the names synonymous with youth bow hunting.
“Mission Menace” By Mathews
The Mission Menace is one of the top rated youth bows on the market. The bow is designed by Mission Archery to be easy to use in every aspect of its design. The Menace is a youth bow designed to be versatile and to grow with the child. The draw length of the bow expands from seventeen to thirty inches.
Mission Archery continued their youth design by giving the Menace a draw weight ranging from sixteen to fifty-two pounds with no press necessary for adjustments. Mission Archery topped off their well thought out design with making the Menace bow weight less than three pounds.
Mission Archery is not the only company that delivers an outstanding youth bow.
“Micro Midas” By Browning
Browning Archery has also delivered a great youth bow option in the form of the Micro Midas. The Micro Midas setup youth bow has a draw length of eighteen to twenty eight inches which is only a slight difference from the Menace. The big difference with this bow is the draw weight. If parents are looking for a lighter weight draw then the thirty to forty pound draw of the Micro Midas will be an ideal fit to start their youth bow hunting.
The “Edge” By Diamond
For parents who are interested in getting their daughters into bow hunting there is an optimal choice by Diamond Archery. The Diamond Edge is an ideal hunting bow for girls and boys, however, many parents are choosing this as the youth starter bow for their daughters due to two factors. Diamond has made the Edge to be a little bit heavier, but the draw length and weight balance it out. With a draw length of nineteen to twenty-nine inches and a draw weight of fifteen to thirty pounds the Diamond Edge bow is easy for girls to grow into.
When starting out a youth in bow hunting it can be “Easy to Overlook” the basics!
Parents may see the latest and greatest compound bow buy or model and buy it rather than making sure the basic features are there. Mission, Browning, and Diamond are all names that parents can trust to keep the basic features essential and to deliver bows that are suited to youth archery hunting. Overall, the best bow is the one that the youth tries out in the store rather than trusting to a strictly online purchase. Online shopping like buying a knife is a lot different than buying a bow !
There is more than enough information available to a consumer than ever before, with the use of the Internet and a little knowledge you can find just about your heart desires in cyberspace. But when it comes to picking out the perfect bow for yourself there may be too much info available.
One thing I want to stress is before you purchase a bow is not to buy it on the Internet. Buying a bow is like buying cloths for yourself, if it doesn’t fit you will
not wear it. You should go to a archery shop to have the bow fitted to you. The first thing the pro shop will do is check your draw length. One way is to use the formula the other is by having you draw an arrow with a ruler on it to know how you actually draw and anchor a bow. Some bow companies have the ability to adjust the draw length on there bows this is a plus for younger hunters that are still growing. As they grow the cams on the bow have modules that can be changed to make the draw length longer.
Next you need to establish your anchor point. This means the point where you lock yourself at full draw and rest your cheek or the corner of your mouth against the string. You also need to figure out which is your dominant eye to aim with. This is very important because if you are right handed and left eye dominant you need to be shooting left handed. I have seen several buddies try to shoot crossed up, which means put there nose on the opposite side of the string to shoot. The are messing with there true draw length, anchor point is not solid and it looks just plain funny.
Getting started with archery equipment is both fun and challenging but going through all of the necessary steps to get started will be rewarding and you will enjoy your equipment for a long time.
The art of bow hunting has long been appreciated, dating along way back in history, using only a stick and string for a weapon and home made shafts for the arrows. The speed of the arrow was not fast but was relied upon for survival so the early archer had to be a good steady aim to put meat on the meat pole.
Today the archery industry has more options for its customers than ever before, offering bows that exceed 340 fps (feet per second) and crossbows that will meet the same speeds. It is not hard to find quality equipment, the hard thing is making the decision on which brand you like and the features each company have. Pick the right bow and you will love to use it for years, pick one that someone tells you is the best bow out there and you may regret it down the road.
There are several factors to consider when selecting a new bow. The length of the bow is high on the list. If you think buying a short bow is the answer you need to do research, normally a short bow is harder to hold steady opposed to a longer bow. On the other hand a short bow is easier to handle in a tree stand as well as a ground blind. The next thing to consider is the brace height. The longer the brace ht the more forgiving the bow shoots, meaning it is easier to control for novice archers. The last thing I want to mention is the draw weight of the bow. If you are a first time archer you will want to buy a lighter weight bow to get used to. Many friends of mine think they need to pull 70 plus pounds (a macho thing). If you get a bow that is to heavy for you your shooting form will be in jeopardy from the start. So do your home work and don’t be afraid to ask the Archery shop people questions they will steer you in the right direction.