a bowhunter silhouetted against a brilliant sunset
a bowhunter silhouetted against a brilliant sunset

I remember it like it was yesterday – my first REAL BOW. I can’t remember the brand or anything like that. However, it was a pre-owned working recurve. From the scratches and scuffs on the bow, I was certain that bow had seen a great many deer seasons. My father bought it for me from a garage sale that we stopped-in on so that he could look at an old beat-up pickup truck and basically stand around for the next thirty minutes talking shop about the good’ol days. From that day forward that recurve was glued to the palm of my shooting hand.

For me, hunting has always been about pitting my woodsman skills against the beasts I was after. So, it’s only natural that I took right-on to bow hunting with a recurve bow. Recurve hunting is a very traditional form of bow hunting that really works my shooting skills, such as instinctive shooting, proper archery form, muscle tone and much more.

When looking to start up in the sport of recurve hunting or even sport shooting its best to find a recurve bow that will fit your needs. Some recurves can pull double-duty and big game, and others are just more suitable for target and hobby shooting. When buying a new recurve bow it’s always a good idea to read over some bow reviews to get a better understand of the bow’s strengths and weaknesses.

One website that I find extremely useful is GetRecurveBow.com. They have a wealthy of useful information on recurve such as, Buying Guides, Product Reviews and lots of informative information on the various types of recurve and the benefits of each.
When considering the purchase of a hunting recurve, there are a few important factors that you need to keep in mind.

  1. Draw Weight

One of the most essential factors in choosing your new recurve bow is the draw weight. For hunting of most North America species, you’d want to use a bow with a minimum of 40lbs draw weight. However, I highly recommend that folks wishing to hunt game such as, White-tail Deer, Elk, Turkey and predators use a 45lbs draw weight bow for maximum penetration.

For anything larger than your standard game and for the hunting of dangerous game such as, grizzly bear, black bear, bison and exotics, I urge hunters to purchase a 55lbs bow or greater. Many states have laws with regards to minimum draw weights for bows. So, always make sure to consult your local DNR or the Hunting Laws in the state you’ll be hunting

2. Draw Length

Determining your bow draw length is one of the most critical steps in choosing a new recurve bow. Finding and shooting the correct bow size for you will allow you to shoot more accurately and take down game more quickly. So, how do you find your proper bow draw length? It’s easy and requires a couple of things – you (the shooter) and an assistant to help you measure.

So, let’s get to measuring. So, in a standing position. Extend your arms out to both sides of your body. While standing there with your arms out, holding them at shoulder height naturally in a relaxed manner. Have your partner measure the distance from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other. Once you have that number you’ll divide it by 2.5. The number you end-up with is called your calculated draw length, this is not completely exact. But, it should come pretty darn close to your actual hunting bow draw length.

Now that you have your draw length figured out, you can now determine the length of the bow you should be hunting with. The draw length of a bow is measured from tip to tip, and it follows the curve of the limbs, down the riser with the bow in the unstrung position. Refer to the chart provided below.

Bow Draw Length and Bow Length Chart
Bow Draw Length and Bow Length Chart (Click to enlarge)

There are several other factors to consider when determining what recurve bow you’d like to be shooting. Topics such as, Bow Noise, Hunting Bow Accessories and Hunting Arrows are all things you’ll need to address before the on-set of the hunting season. GetRecurveBow.com has many articles on those topics. They have a wealthy of useful information on recurves such as, Buying Guides, Product Reviews and lots of informative information on the various types of recurves and the benefits of each.

Meanwhile, these quick and easy tips to getting started with a recurve hunting bow will get you on the right-track for a fun, safe and exciting recurving hunting experience.

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