As you learn more about archery, questions inevitably arise. For instance, properly storing and caring for equipment keeps your bow shooting as good as the day you bought it. Here are the answers to some common questions about equipment care.
Where should I put my bow when I’m outside?
Archery ranges have hooks, pegs or bow racks to hold your bow when you’re not shooting. A portable bow stand is an excellent option for at-home practice. These small stands hold recurves and compounds, and you can easily bring yours to the range.
How do I store my bow?
Store your bow in a climate-controlled area. Hot and cold fluctuations cause bowstrings to stretch and contract, which makes your bow shoot slightly different. That’s a big deal in a sport that’s all about consistency. The best way to store a bow is in a bow case or on a wall-mounted rack. If you notice your bow shooting differently, check it for these maintenance cues.
Should I unstring my recurve?
It isn’t mandatory to unstring a recurve or longbow after each use, but unstringing it reduces stress on the bowstring and extends its life. Removing the string also lets you store it safely in a case. Just remember to always use a bow-stringer when stringing and unstringing a bow.
What can happen if I store my bow in a hot car?
On hot days, temperatures inside your car can exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot enough to bake cookies on the dashboard!
This oven-like environment is no place to leave your bow. Extreme heat can weaken its limbs and stretch the bowstring. If you’re returning home from the range and need to stop, park in the shade and return to your car quickly.
Can I shoot in the rain?
Archery is a rain or shine activity. In fact, shooting during a summer shower can be fun. It’s what you do after shooting in the rain that matters most in caring for your bow. Dry all metal parts, and leave your bow, arrows, and release or finger tab in a well-ventilated spot to finish drying.
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