Archery has been practice for thousands of years mainly to provide food but it definitely made an impact on the battle fields of war and the manufacturing there of became an art where the artist put his name on the bow and if proven a worthy master piece he would become renowned and sought after whether it was a traditional bow or crossbow
With the arrival of rifles archery quickly moved to the back ground and basically used only in sports but new technology has also greatly moved the boundaries of the traditional bow and crossbow’s capabilities and then the introduction of the compound bow in the 19th century and the newest is the air bow that make hunters taking archery seriously up again.
What would be the Best Archery Bows is all on what your preference is. A life cycle trend has immerse where kids start with a cheap small traditional bow if he really like it he would get a youth compound bow when he wants to start hunting he would start hunting with a crossbow until he become strong enough to draw a hunting compound bow that would last him years and probably many bows in his lifetime then one day he becomes too old or due to injury can’t draw his bow anymore then it’s back to a crossbow. In the end the best is to go to a dealer most of them has indoor shooting ranges go and test shoot before you purchase.
The Traditional bow
The traditional bow give you that old school feeling with new technology advantage. They come in all different shapes, sizes and draw weights although traditional bows are more bulky to give a longer draw length. The biggest drawback is that when you draw the string back the first half is not heavy and will increase with every inch you draw back once fully drawn back on an animal or target you hold the full weight for example if you got a 60lb bow you will hold back 60 lb. at full draw
The Traditional bow need a bit more practice to become very accurate but once you got master it you might not change to anything else the key is to not give up, keep on practicing.
The Compound bow
The advantage of the compound bow is vastly improved compared to the traditional bow, the pulley system makes for a nice compact bow the limbs of a compound bow are much stiffer than those of traditional recurve or longbow. This rigidity makes the compound bow more energy-efficient than other bows, as less energy is dissipated in limb movement and as a bonus resulting in improving compound bow accuracy.
A compound bow works by allowing you to draw a bowstring attached to a pulley system of cables and cams which exert force on the limbs. That force, then transfers an extreme amount of energy to your arrow when the bowstring is released.
A compound bow use it’s cables and cams to store energy at full draw. The holding weight at full draw is reduced given in a percentage. For example a 40 pound draw weight bow with a 75% let-off would leave you to hold only 10 pounds of weight at full draw.
The sight system on a compound bow make them extremely accurate once you understand and get it mastered with enough training. A few points to keep in mind when looking for a bow is. Draw weight range know what you are comfortable with. Draw length range know your specific draw length measure from finger tip to finger tip over your chest divide by 2.5 = draw length.
Axle-to-Axle Length which refers to the bow’s total length. In general, longer bows tend to be more stable and easier to shoot, making them an ideal choice for beginners and younger archers.
The crossbow’s “T” shape has not changed but did technology change it, a ranged weapon using a bow and string similar to a traditional bow called a prod, mounted horizontally on a main frame called a tiller, which is hand-held similar to a rifle.
Compound crossbows are the most advanced type of crossbow, using a cam-and-cable system just like compound bows and store up substantial power in a compact package. In general, compound crossbows are faster and ultimately more powerful than recurves.
The manufacturers keep reinventing the crossbow to get the most out of them like recurve limbs and reversed limbs they keep getting narrower and reducing weight without compromising stability and strength.
With the reversed limb crossbow they tried to balance the weight placement of the bow as most of the weight on regular bow is on the front end like wise with the compact crossbow where the overall length is been shortened the release system is build into the stock the Ravin R26 is a good example of this idea.
The draw weight on crossbows will be in the hundreds of pound but not to worry as there is mechanical systems that make the draw easy but keep this in mind when decided on a crossbow because it start where you draw the full weight with a rope to 12lb and less with build in draw systems.
The Air Bow System
The air bow system is a normal pre-charged pneumatic pellet rifle platform powered by 3000 psi of compressed air been used to drive an arrow. The arrow slides over a flouting barrel covered by a shroud and get pushed off by air. It looks and feels like a normal rifle which can help people with injured shoulders as there is minimum weight at the front end.
But it looks like the law makers is not on same page as whether to classify the air bows as archery or as PCP rifles though the ballistics is in the same range as crossbows with varying speeds between 400 and 500 fps it sure does not look like archery from a distance and might have created its own hunting category time will tell lets hope that it would be allowed in archery.
I hope that this will help you to make an informed decision. You alone know what your capabilities are and that should be the starting point of your decision-making. Then go to a dealer and man handle the different types of bows after that you can narrow it down to the make and model.
Don’t just purchase on the first trip see some more dealers and think it over at home if you purchase the right bow it can work for you many years to come. Spend maybe a bit more after all you get what you pay for it.
It is an investment into your hunting expeditions you want to enjoy the hunt with the best archery bow for you
Happy bow hunting