Customizing your bow setup to your specific fit and personality makes archery even more fun and exciting. You can add colorful bowstrings and other accessories for extra flair, but don’t stop there. Be sure the makeover includes your quiver.
Your quiver is your personal arrow caddy. It’s always there to hold your arrows! Quivers let you snugly snap arrows into place to keep them close and organized. You’ll never again have to carry your bow in one hand while fumbling with a fistful of arrows in the other. However, you must pick a quiver that best fits your needs and shooting style.
If you love shooting in your backyard or local archery range, and want to keep your arrows handy without adding weight to your bow, consider using a field quiver. Field quivers are worn on the waist by clipping into a belt loop or wrapping around like a belt. Field quivers hold arrows with their tips pointed safely down with the fletching pointed rearward. They’re usually made of soft fabrics and, depending on the model, include zippered pockets so you can store extra field tips or Allen wrenches for adjusting your equipment.
Archers who shoot strictly targets often prefer a target quiver. These quivers are similar to field quivers because they’re worn on the waist, but they’re smaller and point your arrows’ fletched ends forward to make them more accessible. Most target quivers also have built-in plastic tubes to keep your arrows separated.
If you don’t like a quiver hanging at your waist, consider a back quiver, which slings over your shoulder to keep arrows out of the way. Back quivers are popular because this is the style that Katniss Everdeen uses in “The Hunger Games” series. In fact, if you like do-it-yourself projects, do a Google search for “Katniss’s quiver” and find instructional videos to learn how to create a back quiver just like hers.
If you shoot in one spot most of the time, like on a backyard range, consider using a ground quiver. These are stationary vertical tubes that hold arrows with the tips pointed down. They can be made by gluing a piece of PVC pipe to a block of wood. The wood serves as the quiver’s base, and sits on the ground while the PVC pipe sticks straight up to hold your arrows.
Because ground, back, target and field quivers do not mount to the bow, they’re great options for recurve shooters. That’s because bow quivers do not attach as easily to recurves as they do to compound bows.
Those who shoot compound bows, however, often prefer a bow-mounted quiver. They attach to the compound’s riser with a bracket, and can be removed easily and stored in your bow case when not in use. Bow-mounted quivers keep your arrows secure and organized, and go wherever your bow goes. They’re also easily removed, so you can detach yours while shooting to keep your bow lighter and better balanced while aiming.
Once you choose your quiver, make it stand out from the rest by customizing it. Quivers are made from nylon, leather or other materials, and come in several colors. You can go a step further and bedazzle your quiver with vibrant colors or add tournament patches from shoots in which you’ve competed. These custom touches are popular among archers, and help you and your bow stand apart from the rest.
What are you waiting for? Start shopping! Visit your local archery store to find a quiver that fits your personality and shooting needs.