To perform at your best when hunting, your bow requires regular maintenance or an upgrade. Everything has a shelf life, just like your refrigerator, car, and TV. Your bow might require a replacement or repair. When it comes to archery equipment, there are a number of elements that influence how long it lasts. A common question that many new archers have is, ‘Is it time to replace my bow?’ Here are some tips for helping you determine if your bow has reached its limits.
Replacing Your Old Bow
First, if your existing bow isn’t very quiet, get a new one. You deserve one of the many bows on the market that will deliver the arrow with a whisper. The advantages are clear, and most hunters who have made the switch aren’t willing to go back. With a quiet bow, the game is less likely to jump the string, and in some instances, more than one shot is achievable. Plus, shooting a silent bow will definitely make you feel a little more at ease since you won’t have to worry about the sound scraping off your hunt.
Wear And Tear
If your present bow is starting to show its age big time, that’s another great reason you should replace your old bow. Wear and tear causes certain bows to deteriorate to the point where they are practically unusable. Even if you have somehow configured the bow to still shoot, your aim will definitely be off. So if you’re facing such problems with your bow it may be time to replace it.
Latest Technology Bow
Replace your old bow if you haven’t smelled a new bow in quite a few years. If it has been five years, it’s probably outdated. Invest in something top-of-the-line that will perform dependably and endure another five. New bows are more accurate and efficient, as well as faster and easier to shoot. They also have a superb let-off. Hunting is not like gardening, where you can use hand-me-downs from your mom and get the same results. So keep in mind, a skilled bowhunter without the right equipment may never realize his or her full potential.
At 60% of the price of the new flagship models, a three-year-old bow or a value-priced new model will still deliver much of the technology and performance and will be a significant upgrade over your old faithful, dusty bow. According to a 2020 nationwide poll performed by McKinley Advisors on behalf of the Archery Trade Association, the United States has 9.9 million bowhunters, 17.6 million recreational archers, and 5.4 million competitive archers. So be the hunter that has the perfect bow.
Keeping Your Old Bow
Here’s another thought. What’s the matter with your present bow? That is a question you should honestly ask yourself. If something is wrong with it or it is preventing you from progressing, it is time to upgrade. But, if there isn’t anything wrong with it, why is there such a rush? Particularly if you’re shooting the bow well and have everything dialed in. Why spoil anything if you don’t have to? About 41% of consumers never expected to regret their purchase, but did; 30% were neutral before purchasing, but later regretted their decision. Sometimes maintaining or repairing your bow can save you from regrets. Here are a few things you should consider other than replacing your bow.
Replace Your Bow Strings
Bowstrings should be replaced after three years if they have been properly maintained. If the bowstring is frayed or has a broken strand, it should be replaced. If you’re unclear whether or not to change your bowstring, seek advice from an archery retailer. The nicest thing about upgrading a bowstring is that you can customize the colors to make your bow stand out, too.
Visit a Bow Technician
Because so much happens in a year, it’s a good idea to see your favorite bow technician once a year. Bowstrings stretch, pieces rattle loose, and things become misaligned. Your bow will be checked and re-tuned by bow experts to prepare for the year ahead.
Are you on the lookout for the next big thing? If that’s the case, go ahead and get a new bow. The December season accounts for roughly 20% of all retail sales in the United States, which is the perfect time to get some of the new models in the market. But if there’s nothing wrong with your present bow, you’re shooting it well, and nothing is worn that can’t be fixed easily, keep it.