Even the perfect bow needs some accessories. From a scope to a quiver, bows can always be made better with just the right accessories. While bows out of the box can be used as-is, there so many affordable accessories that can making hunting expeditions extremely successful.
Here are some must-have pieces that can accessorize any hunting bow:
One of the most useful accessories is the stabilizer. This piece will help the bow stay balanced and it will make shots quiet. No one wants to scare away any game because of the noise that comes from the shot, especially if that game has a white tail. Some stabilizers include dampeners that allow hunters to adjust the weight of the bow to find the spot that works best for them.
Every bow needs a quiver. Since they come in different styles, you should be able to find one that fits your bow. Some say that quivers will change the weight and balance of the bow, but most quivers are designed to avoid this problem. Quivers are no longer little bags that arrows sit inside of, most of them have a top and bottom that hold up to six arrows. The quivers are usually attached near the handle, so it is easy for the hunter to access the arrows as quickly as possible.
Another must-have is a high quality sight. These are necessary fixtures on any bow because they help hunters get the shot close to the target. They make the target appear closer, so it is easier to make a kill shot with accuracy. The Fixed Pin sight attaches easily and the fixed pins in the sight make it easy to spot the target at different distances. Then, hunters use the different sights to determine how far the target is.
Bow hunters can also use moveable pin sights, but this type of sight is better for experienced hunters. This type of sight is difficult to use if the target moves constantly. These also attach easily to a bow.
Pendulum sights and target sights are best for experienced hunters or even competitive shooters. They take time to master, but they help shooters hit their targets. Many sights are illuminated for use at any time of the day, especially dusk or dawn when many animals are on the move.
When wandering through the woods for the perfect spot to set shop, carrying a bow in hand can be a nuisance. Fortunately, manufacturers make bow slings. These allow hunters to carry their bows without using their hands. Many of them are ergonomically designed so they do not put unwanted pressure on the shoulder or other joints. Many of them are waterproof for those instances when the weather cannot be predicted. They are also easy to attach to most bows.
Most people do not take their bow cases out into the woods, but they do use them to keep their bows in top shape when they are not being used. A good bow case will securely hold a bow and the accessories in a dustproof environment. The best ones are plush lined, have spots designed just for arrows, and are impact-resistant. Since bows are weapons, it is helpful to have a locking case to prevent little hands from getting into the case.
Since many bows require serious muscle to draw the string and arrow back, there are releases that make the job easier. When the draw weight is more than a hunter can handle, releases save fingers and upper body muscles. A release can be used on any bow, even if the draw weight is reasonable. This accessory protects the fingers from the stiffness that comes from drawing the string. Most releases wrap around the wrist and have a post to hold with the fingers. The mechanism grips the string and there is a trigger that releases the bow.
Every bowhunter needs good arrows. Otherwise, the bow is useless. Arrows come in a variety of different sizes based on the bow, the draw weight, and the game being hunted. Many hunters will make their own arrows, using a bolt, a broadhead, and a fletching device. The bolt is the stick part of the arrow. The broadhead is the pointed, dangerous part that breaks the flesh of the game. The fletch is the part that most think of as feathers. The fletch keeps the arrow on track and stabilized.
Many top bows require the strings to be routinely waxed. This keeps the strings from drying out and breaking under pressure. Most string wax looks like glue sticks, which makes it easy to apply. Fo