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If you purchase a used bow it will most probably come with everything ready to
hunt. But with older bows particularly you may want to replace some of
the accessories to increase functionality. The bow sights are probably
the most important to upgrade. A good fiber optic sight is almost a
necessity for deer hunting since you are most likely to see deer at dawn or dusk.
Fiber optic sites gather light over a length of special plastic cord and transfer
the absorbed light it to
a point on the end of
a plastic rod. This point of light, your front
sight, will show up much better at dusk than simple pin sights. The
longer the fiber optic plastic, the more light gathering capability it
The rear sight is usually a
peep sight. There are two basic types of peep sights.
Whisker Biscuit, a very popular rest, was discussed on
the Bow Setup page. Another very popular type of arrow rest is the drop away
rest. This type of rest supports the arrow guides the arrow through part
of its travel through the bow, but drops away before the fletching reaches the
rest allowing the fletching to pass without being touched.
||One type is inserted into the string with the hole
parallel to the string. This type allows you to
see through the hole only when the bow is drawn. The
second type fits into the string with the hole pointing toward the front of the bow. Since the
| peep may rotate when
the bow is drawn a rubber tube is attached between the peep and one of the cables to keep the peep hole aligned
for sighting. If you use this type of peep it is a good idea
to change the rubber regularly or carry an extra rubber so if it
breaks your session is not shut down.
The next important accessory is the arrow rest. You should have
one that lets the arrow pass over or through it without touching
the arrow's fletching (feathers or plastic vanes).
| There are many types of arrow
rests that fulfill this requirement. The simplest is the arrow
rest with two prongs that hold the arrow in such a manner that the "cock
feather" passes between the prongs. This use to be a very popular
rest, but it was troublesome because the arrow could easily fall off the
tines. Most modern sights now enclose the arrow in a manner that
keeps it on the rest. The
to help balance the bow in your hand.
||The next accessory is the stabilizer.
It dampens vibration set up in the bow when the string is released.
Shooting a bow is not much different from plucking a guitar or violin
string, except that the displacement of the string is much greater.
Therefore the shock upon release is much greater. The stabilizer
helps to dissipate that shock. This helps to silence the bow and
makes it more comfortable to shoot. It also puts
weight in front of the bow
|The last common
major accessory is a quiver for carrying arrows. Most bow packages
come with a quiver that attaches to the bow for carrying.
It usually mounts on a plastic or metal block that
attaches to the rear of the bow sight, although some bow manufacturers have
In addition to
the accessories listed there are a host of other accessories which quiet the
bow by dampening vibration. These include string and limb silencers
and vibration dampeners.
A couple of accessories that should
be mentioned are those that help strength challenged individuals
continue to enjoy archery and hunt. If you are having trouble
drawing your bow or just want to shoot a more powerful bow than you are
able to draw, you can purchase a drawkeep (also called a draw lock, but
that is a registered trademark). This is a device that turns your bow into a "vertical
crossbow" with safety and trigger release which can be drawn with both
hands and feet. This allows a person to draw a much stronger bow
than they could in the traditional manner. Many persons having trouble
drawing a 40# bow can easily draw and shoot a 70# bow with a drawkeep.
Since a number of states have opened their bow seasons to crossbows,
this is an alternative worth considering. The drawkeep is
discussed in more detail on the Disabled Archery page.
The second accessory that deserves consideration by those of lesser
strength is the bow rest. If you have seen your accuracy decline
because it is difficult to hold a bow steady out at the end of your arm,
there is help. A
will restore your accuracy for target shooting. For bowhunting
from an elevated platform The
Compound Bow Rest and Holder does the same. It acts like a
shooting rail does for shooting with a rifle. It takes the weight of
your bow and arm as well as steadying the bow while aiming and shooting.
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