Bow Hunting Facts
Numerous characteristics go into defining a bow as a hunting bow.
Starting with the arrow, the arrow spine (stiffness or bend resistance of the arrow) and the arrows weight work together to assure that the arrow flies straight and true and has a enough penetrating depth to make a kill shot.
The draw weight and let-off of the bow will help determine how and how far arrow flies. Many of the better hunting bows are compound bows that let you get a deep draw and quick let off. A lot of the newer hunting bows lighted bows sites for low lighted (early morning & evening hunts). They are illuminated much like the hands of a clock that glows in the dark making them much easier to see and site a target in low light conditions.
Ever since man first started to hunt game with a string drawn bow, it has proven a very effective means of harvesting game for food. Some tests have even shown the a dead on arrow can be just as effective as a bullet. It's best to use the heaviest weight you can draw so that your shot will achieve maximum penetration into the game removing the chance of suffering.
Recommendations for Hunting Bows
•To keep true to the sport, a hunting bow should remain a hand held or drawn release device. This includes many of the different crossbows.
•Bow draw back weights should have a minimum of 30 lb. for deer, antelope, javelina and other game animals of this size; a minimum of 40 lb. for larger game to assure kill shots.
Hunting game with a bow can very exhilarating. It's you against the game the way it was way back when. You have to hunt, stalk and then take your prey down just exactly as early man did it. No short cuts shooting from hundreds of yards away with a high caliber rifle. You have to get in close enough to be able take your kill shot. This requires a great bit of skill, patience and practice.