You’ve worked hard and purchased an amazing new bow. But how do you store it?
Proper storage keeps bows shooting like new, and prevents accidental damage. Let’s review several effective ways to store your bow at home, or when transporting or shooting it. You have more options than you might realize.
Bow Storage at Home
When home, store your bow in a climate-controlled area. Storing it where it’s neither too hot nor too cold keeps your bowstring from stretching. Also, avoid areas prone to moisture, like an outdoor shed. Your bow’s limbs may warp as they absorb moisture, which could cause arrant arrows down the road. Moisture can also rust the metal parts on the bow.
If you have a recurve or longbow, do not store it where one limb supports the bow’s entire weight. Leaning it in a corner with a limb touching the floor is fine for short periods, but long-term storage in that position can twist the limb.
Two excellent home storage options are a bow rack or bow case. Bow racks are fantastic for showing off your bow and making it part of your home’s décor. Some bow racks hold multiple bows, and include pegs to hang your quiver.
Bow cases are convenient for storing your bow at home or on the road. They’re fully protected and always ready to travel. Most bow cases can also store your arrows and other accessories.
Bow cases are ideal for protecting your bow when traveling between home and the range. Unprotected bows can get dropped onto cement, or knocked against a car, door or wall while you prepare your equipment. Bow cases ensure your bow reaches the range in great shape.
Hard cases offer bows the most protection. Most are rated for airline travel, which means you can take your bow on vacation! Some models have wheels for easy rolling and maneuvering, and can be locked for safekeeping.
Soft cases, however, meet most archers’ needs. They’re lighter than hard cases, protect your bow from nicks and dings, and keep your gear together and organized. Many soft cases are rated for airline travel, while others are better suited for road trips.
Most archery stores sell hard and soft bow cases, and their staff can help you choose one that fits your bow.
It’s also important to never leave your bow in a hot car. The extreme heat can cause your bowstring to stretch and even damage your bow. If you need to make a stop between the range and your home, make it quick and park in the shade.
Bow Storage at the Range
Some ranges provide a bow rack or hooks to hold your bow when you retrieve your arrows. After all, you’ll usually need two hands to pull arrows from targets.
If you practice in a yard or at a range that doesn’t provide a way to hang or store your bow, pick up a portable bow stand. This is important. If you leave your bow on the ground, it’s easy to accidentally step on it or trip over it. These stands are so portable you can bring them along on 3-D and field-archery courses.
Portable bow stands come in recurve and longbow models. Compound-bow stands attach to the lower limb, and recurve bow stands attach at the bow’s grip. Both types can be found at archery stores.
Just one little thing: Don’t forget to remove the stand from your bow before shooting. Learn why here.
BONUS TIP: What if my bow gets wet?
Shooting in the rain is fun, but it’s important to wipe your bow dry before storing it in your bow case. This prevents rust on metal parts and keeps your bow looking brand-new.
Also, avoid storing your bow areas prone to moisture, like an outdoor shed. Your bow’s limbs may warp as they absorb moisture, which could cause arrant arrows down the road.
Bows can take some punishment, of course, but not regularly. Do your best to keep your prized possession safe and secure at home and the range. A few simple accessories will keep your bow in prime condition for years.