One of the most common problems where peep sights are concerned is that as the bow is drawn time and time again, the peep sight may not return to its original position. As you can well imagine, this can cause issues with the aim and precision.

This is no surprise, since if you have ever tried to look through a peep sight that is out by even a tiny bit, it can be incredibly frustrating.

But before you throw in the towel, there is some good news. There are ways to avoid and fix peep sight rotation and it is not as complicated as you might think.

In this article, we are going to show you how to avoid this issue and fix it quickly if it ever does happen to you.

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How Is Peep Sight Rotation Caused?

What many new archers don’t realise is that when you install new bowstrings, they must be broken in. This break in period usually involves releasing at least 100 arrows, but of course, this might vary either way. Essentially, the most important thing is how this relates to peep sight rotation.

As you break in your strings, this causes them to stretch. If you have installed your peep sight during the break in period, it will move with the strings as the fibres stretch causing it to become misaligned. You may also be interested to know that if you are using strings that have lower quality fibres, this can impact how your peep sight sits within them.

However, this is not the only cause of this common problem. If you have stored your bow in a hot or humid environment, it is not uncommon for the strings to react in an adverse way which can again cause peep sight rotation. The same can be said for cold weather as this can cause the fibres of the string to contract.

How To Prevent Peep Sight Rotation

Prevention is better than cure, or so they say and in the case of this idiom, it is true. It is far better to avoid peep sight rotation than it is to have to spend time fixing it. When you begin shooting, it is a good idea to educate yourself on every aspect of archery.

When you purchase your bow, it may already be fitted with a factory string and if this is the case, you will need to break it in with 100 arrows and see what happens. There aren’t any other choices in this case.

Alternatively, you might decide to take off the factory string and have a custom string fitted. Doing this will allow you to completely eliminate this problem and so might be a good idea if you have had issues in the past.

You will need to go to your archery shop to be fitted for the string and these will often come pre-stretched. This means that the break-in period is hugely reduced. You may only need to do 30 cycles as opposed to 100.

What’s more, this method will also mean that your string will not twist for the entire time that it is on your bow.

It is also true that using the bow more will mean that you are less likely to have problems with peep sight rotation. We must point out the importance of the first 100 cycles once again but even using your bow regularly after this is important.

You must also think about how you store the bow if you won’t be using it for a period of time. As we have already discussed, extreme temperatures can have an adverse effect on the bowstring, so be sure to store it somewhere that this will not be an issue.

When you are initially installing your peep sight, you must make sure that you place it in the center of the strings. This will give it equal pressure and twisting on each side, so the basic rules of physics would dictate that it would not sway to either one side or the other. What’s more, this could cause the string to weaken.

How To Fix Peep Sight Rotation

There are four main ways that you can fix peep sight rotation and each of them is slightly different. Depending on whether you have access to a bow press and where you are will depend on which method will be best for you at the time.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at each of these peep sight rotation fixes in a little more detail.

Method One – The D Loop Twist

If you are out in the field and suddenly realise that your peep sight is out of place, you might worry that you won’t be able to fix the issue until later. Fortunately, there is a way that you can do this quickly and easily.

That being said, it is worth keeping in mind that this method is the least-favored out of them all. This is purely because it is a temporary fix, so if you do use this one, be sure to address the issue in a bit more detail later down the track.

To do this, you will first need to loosen the D loop at both ends and then twist this in the same direction as the peep sight rotation. As you do this, you will notice that the peep sight turns

back into position. However, as we said, this is not a permanent fix.

This method doesn’t cost anything and this is why many people go straight to it. However, you may notice that you need to adjust the D loop several times before you get it right. If you are happy to go through a bit of trial and error for the convenience, then this would work well for you.

It is also worth keeping in mind that this method is not designed to be done during the break-in period as the string won’t have enough stretch and you may do more harm than good.

Method Two – String Silencer

Another good way to fix the problem of peep sight rotation that does not involve having to use a bow press is to use a string silencer. OK, you will need this additional equipment but this is small and relatively inexpensive. What’s more, string silencers can be purchased from almost any bow shop in the world.

If it is the case that you peep sight is tied, you will need to untie it to attach the string silencer. Once done, you can retie your peep sight and this takes very minimal effort. You will then need to move the silencer up and down until the peep is where you need it to be.

A word of warning, however, some people like to use cat’s whiskers as their string silencer and this is fine. However, in this case, you will need to make sure that you do now move it around as much as this could cause the fibres of the string to become damaged.

Method Three – Using Yarn Or String

Once again, you will not need to use a bow press for this method which makes it easy to do on the field and without any additional equipment.

This method is very similar to the previous method but instead of using  a string silencer, we will be using a piece of heavy yarn or string.

As before, you will need to untie your peep sight if it is tied in order to slip the yarn between the strings. Once there, you can move the yarn until the peep sight falls into the correct position.

This is an incredibly affordable and easy to execute option which is why so many people favor it. Of course, you will likely want to trim the yarn down so it doesn’t get in the way but this is about as much ‘after-care’ as you would need.

Method Four – Using A Bow Press

Because you will need to use a bow press, this is a method that should be planned in advance and will not be able to be done out in the field. But that does not mean that it is not pretty straightforward once you know what you are doing.

You will take the bowstring off the bow in this case and twist it. However a lot of people do not have a bow press at home so for the most part, you will need to go to a professional to have this done.

If you are doing it yourself, you will need to remove the string and twist it half a turn in the direction that you wish to move the peep sight. Reattach the string and now take the top part of the string off and do the twist again at this end. When the peep is in the position that you want it to be, you can reattach the string and check to make sure that everything is as it should be.

It is important to keep in mind that when you are using this method, you will need to make sure that the string has been correctly broken in.

When breaking your string in, it is also crucial that you do this by firing 100 arrows and not simply drawing the bow as this will not have the same effect. Furthermore, you should never use dry-firing as an option for breaking in.

Once you have executed your chosen method, it is important to check the use of your bow and peep sight as there is a chance that the issue could come back.

The best way to do this is to fire the bow at least 20 times, this will give you enough time to determine if the peep sight will fall out of line again.

It is better to do this now than risk going out onto the field and facing problems while you are there.

Conclusion

A peep sight is a handy little piece of equipment to have on your bow but for something so small, great problems can ensue if it is knocked out of line.

On drawing your bow and looking through your peep sight to your main sight, you may notice that your view is obstructed; it is likely that you have peep sight rotation.

While this is annoying, there are several things that you can do to eliminate the problem and prevent it from happening again in the future.

In the movies, we are often treated to exciting images of archers firing an arrow so precisely and delicately that a person would be able to catch it, mid-flight. Often times, these scenes play out as a keen-eyed target quickly moves his hand, catching the arrow and foiling the plans of the archer. But, come on, surely that cannot be possible in real life?

Well, if you have ever thought about trying to catch an arrow, one of the first things that we should tell you is that this is an incredibly dangerous thing to do. Hell, it might even be called stupid if the person catching an arrow does so without having had any practice.

However, that isn’t to say that there are not people out there to regularly grab a flying arrow without hurting themselves. But this is not a skill that can be done by just anyone and you really need to go into it with your eyes wide open.

In this article, we wanted to talk about a few famous faces that are renowned for being able to catch an arrow, mid-flight and give the lowdown on this misunderstood practice.

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Can You Really Can An Arrow With Your Hands?

An arrow is a very sharp projectile that has a very real danger attached to it; it can kill you. Why, then, would anyone think that standing in the way of an oncoming arrow in order to catch it with their bare hands, would be a clever idea? You’d be surprised!

In the world of entertainment and thrill-seeking, people do some very weird and wonderful things. Take a look in the Guiness Book of World Records and you will instantly see some of the crazy stuff that goes on in the world; much of which, people do for the sheer fun of it and the potential risk involved.

But while blowing up almost 40,000 balloons in an hour may pose nothing more than the risk of being short of breath; (yes it’s real, check it out here), trying to catch an arrow in your hand carries a significantly higher risk.

As professional arrow catcher Jim Mathers tells us, one of the biggest risks of catching an arrow is the shot going wrong and you ending up with an arrow in the eye.

Now yes, this may be something that you would laugh hysterically at if it happened to a cartoon character (who would likely later appear with a fully functional eye with no sign that an arrow had ever been present) but when it happens in real life, the effects can be devastating.

Mathers goes on to explain that many people have attempted to intercept a flying arrow and come away having lost their sight. However, what he tells us is that rather than what you might think, a slow arrow and a blunt impact are much more likely to affect your sight than a high speed, sharp arrow which would more than likely penetrate through the eye, into the brain and kill you.

It sounds dramatic, but that is the real danger of playing with fire; or arrows, in this case. While our attitude may be a little tongue in cheek, we hasten to add, once again, that catching arrows is not something we would ever recommend doing, unless under the guidance of an incredibly experienced professional, even then, we’d suggest giving it a second thought.

Famous Arrow Catchers

We have already introduced you to Jim Mathers who is an experienced martial arts practitioner. He has worked with the likes of Bruce Lee and has appeared on some of the world’s most well-renowned TV shows. But what does he have to do with catching arrows?

Well, in the 1960s, Jim decided to try his hand, literally, at catching arrows and he seemingly found that this was a talent he possessed. As the 70s drew in, Jim went in front of the public on TV to demonstrate his skills.

However, rather than being widely accepted and applauded for his efforts, Jim received a lot of hate for even considering trying this incredibly dangerous challenge. That being said, with his famous attempts still receiving thousands of views on YouTube today, he must have done something right and there were some, even back then, who thought he was something of a legend.

Jim makes some excellent points surrounding catching an arrow and we will look at these in a little more detail later on. But for now, let’s focus on the fame he received for attempting this risky little game.

Another famous arrow catcher, this time a female, is one Melanie Kramer who can lay claim to many other exciting feats including having knives tossed at her. No, she isn’t being held hostage in some remote torture house that is akin to something you would see in the movies; Melanie is a Las Vegas performer defying the odds by attempting some seriously risky things.

She has not only been under fire from flying kitchen utensils but has also had a cigarette knocked out of her mouth by a guy wielding a whip and been the ‘victim’ in the age-old swords in the box magic trick.

But now, she is working with an expert to hone her skills where catching arrows is concerned and according to her, this is just her job. For a woman who struggles with what some people would call mundane, riding a rollercoaster, her arrow catching, knife dodging, whipping lifestyle seems a little out there.

But it would appear that Melanie isn’t overly concerned about catching arrows or other flying projectiles because she has faith in the people she works with. In a recent interview with the LA times, the aptly named, when it comes to torturous themes, Kramer, explained how the biggest part of the process is faith.

If it is faith she needs then she is in the right place since she has now teamed up with archery aficionado, Bob Markworth who doesn’t just have a history of archery, he owns the sport!

Bob goes so much further with his archery skills that anyone else in the entertainment industry ever has and his career spans an incredible length of time.

But while these professionals and entertainment stars may make light work of cool archery tricks and catching arrows, what about the rest of us? Could anybody catch a flying arrow or does it take a special someone?

Can Anyone Catch An Arrow?

Let’s go back to Mr Jim Mathers who seems to know a lot about catching arrows. He explains that catching an arrow is something that can, in theory, be done by any one of us. Although, with that in mind, we certainly wouldn’t suggest grabbing your bow and firing shots for your friends and family to catch just yet.

Mathers goes on to tell us that while anyone could grab a flying arrow, there needs to be some serious consideration before doing so.

This is not because you need any sort of special skill or magical power to be able to catch an arrow, unless you count the ability of being able to calculate speed and distance as a magical power.

You see, while arrows can fly pretty fast, they do not fly fast enough that you couldn’t intercept one, should you have the desire. The trick is to avoid becoming injured and let’s face it, there is a very real risk of this happening.

Jim Mathers talks about how nobody in the world, not even the most trained professional would have the speed or reflexes to catch an arrow shot from a powerful bow at close range. Humans simply do not possess this skill.

Conversely, if you were to stand at long range and fire the arrow from a less speedy bow, then many people would be able to catch the arrow, even if not on the first attempt. This is purely down to how the arrow would lose speed as it covered a greater distance.

Think about when you play a game of catch with a tennis ball. If you and I were to do this standing just a few metres apart, and I were to throw the ball at you with great speed, it would be harder to catch than if I were to stand ten metres away and throw the ball to you. It would lose speed as it reached you giving you a much clearer view of where it was coming from and where it was going to land.

The same can be said for an arrow. If it is fired from a distance, as it gets closer to you, it will slow down and this will give you a much better shot at catching it safely. In addition to this, you would have the advantage of watching the arrow’s flight, giving you the advantage of being able to see exactly where it is headed, allowing you to know where your hand should be in order to catch it.

Simple, right?

Should I Try To Catch An Arrow?

With the idea that arrows shot from a long range could be caught by anyone, it can be tempting to give it a try but we have to reinforce the idea that this is incredibly dangerous and could result in serious injury, or worse!

Regardless of how fast or slow the arrow is travelling, it can still cause significant damage. In many cases, people ask the question of whether or not they could catch an arrow in the case of an attack.

If you are being attacked by a rogue archer, the chances are that he or she will have been stalking you for some time and would not merely fire a shot, from a long distance with you watching. So, unfortunately, in this extremely unlikely scenario, the odds are stacked against you; you wouldn’t be able to react quickly enough.

Conclusion

Hollywood has taught us a lot of things but one thing that it has ingrained in our minds is that humans are certainly not superheroes. For this reason, you should always take it with a pinch of salt when you see some superhuman in a movie catching an arrow.

That being said, there are individuals who have earned themselves a reputation of being able to catch a flying arrow. But when you look at the physics behind it, you begin to appreciate that this is something that pretty much anyone could do.

But that doesn’t mean to say that you should; flying arrows, fast, slow or otherwise are extremely dangerous and have the potential to kill. If you’re looking for a thrill; stick to watching the pros.

One of the things that is most interesting about archery is that there is so much equipment. For someone who has never practiced the sport, it could be easy to assume that all you need is a bow, some arrows and a good aim. While these things would allow you to do archery, there are many other things that you will need to get the most out of this popular sport.

If you know anything about archery, you will know that accuracy and consistency are two of the most critical things when taking a shot. This applies to every aspect of shooting, right from where you nock your arrow, through the draw and even past the release.

When we look at draw length, just the tiniest difference in how far back the bow is pulled can mean a drastic difference to the way that the arrow leaves and its trajectory. But there is a way to prevent this; using a bow clicker.

But what on earth is a bow clicker and how do you use one? In this article, we will be giving you all the information you need to know to get familiar with this important archery accessory and how to use it.

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The story behind the bow clicker

A bow clicker is sometimes called an archery clicker and if you start looking into the kind of equipment that you will need to be an effective archer, this is likely something that you will keep seeing.

The bow clicker is most commonly used with a recurve bow and is a small device that emits a click once the bow reaches the correct drawing point. This helps to ensure that every shot remains consistent and is one of the reasons that so many Olympic archers use a bow clicker.

Not only will you hear the click but these devices are also able to send a small vibration along either one of your bow limbs or the riser. This is exactly the same kind of feedback that you would experience from your controller when playing a video game, and this allows you to stay focussed while receiving a subtle hint that you are where you need to be.

Using a bow clicker allows you to keep your focus on the target, which is the most crucial part of any shot, without needing to worry about your equipment.

Will Using A Bow Clicker Make Me A Better Archer?

In many cases, you might be sold equipment at an archery shop that isn’t necessarily going to make you a better archer; the sales assistant is probably working on commission and wants to flog as much as possible to you.

However, there are also many pieces of archery equipment and accessories that can dramatically improve your abilities, and the bow clicker is, without a doubt, one of them.

One of the key things that any archer must remember is that each shot should be a perfect replica of the shot that preceded it and the one that will follow. Consistency is key; this is a mantra that all archers must have.

As you keep going through the motions, you will eventually develop muscle memory and this will allow you to improve over time. But in order to get to this point, you must go through several checks in your mind with each draw of the bow. This can be mentally exhausting and one of the reasons that a lot of people put down their bows and never pick them up again.

Conversely, those who use a bow clicker will soon become accustomed to only releasing the arrow when they hear the click and this can take a lot of the pressure off.

What’s more, as we have mentioned, there are a lot of Olympic archers that use a bow clicker and this solidifies the reasoning that these are useful pieces of equipment.

Types Of Bow Clicker

If you have been practicing archery for some time now you will know that most of the equipment doesn’t just come in a one-size-fits-all design; there are often several versions of each archery accessory. The bow clicker is no exception and before you start using one, you will need to familiarise yourself with the different types.

  • The most common type of bow clicker attaches to the riser. These have an arm which extends out towards the arrow shelf. Your arrow would then sit under the arm of the clicker and as the tip moves past it, you hear the click.
  • Alternatively, there is a type of bow clicker which sits on the bowsight. These work in the same way as the previous type of clicker but in this instance, you have the option to adjust the clicker depending on the length of the arrow that you are using. This means that these bow clickers are a great choice for younger archers who use longer arrows.
  • Finally, a limb-mounted clicker is, as its name suggests, mounted to the limb of the bow. This can be done with double-sided tape, meaning that the bow will not sustain any damage. These bow clickers are often favoured by more traditional archers and are connected to the bow string with a cord. This cord pulls tighter as you draw the bow and once you reach the correct point, a small tab flexes and you will hear the click.

Who Should Use A Bow Clicker And When?

As you are reading this article, we would guess that you are considering using a bow clicker and would like to know if this will be something that will work well for you.

While we would always say that a bow clicker is a good piece of equipment to have, we would also suggest that you gain an understanding of when you need to use one. It may surprise you to learn that it is not always necessary.

One of the first things that new archers ask is whether a bow clicker is for them. At the beginning of your archery journey, you will likely not need a bow clicker. However, that is not to say that you won’t need to use one in the future.

That being said, bow clickers are not expensive pieces of equipment so if you simply wanted to try one out, then you wouldn’t be breaking the bank to do so. But the most important thing, at the beginning, is to understand your draw and become familiar with the release point.

While using a bow clicker when you are just starting out can help to provide you with consistency from the outset, this is not necessarily a good thing.

You must make sure that, before you install a bow clicker, you are familiar with your shot cycle. The most important parts of this are working on your stance and the basic foundation of your shot.

We have talked about the importance of this in previous articles, and we undoubtedly will discuss it again. A good archer pays attention to all aspects of his shot-cycle and the best performance starts from the ground up.

Another key part of releasing your arrow is that you execute a smooth shot. There are too many archers who wobble the arrow around as they draw the shot but if you want the best consistency and accuracy then you must be able to go through the shot cycle without moving forward.

If you want to work with a recurve bow, there is no doubt that it will be a rewarding experience, however, you must be prepared to put in the hard yards. Using a bow clicker in the early stages will not allow you to feel how the bow and each shot works and this is certainly a skill you will want under your belt.

Once you have practiced and developed a smooth, consistent shot, you can then move on to using a bow clicker to take the pressure off having to concentrate on the length of your draw. You will also likely notice a greater difference and if the moment ever calls for it that you cannot use a bow clicker, then you know that you have the skill to draw the bow without one.

Reasons Not To Use A Bow Clicker

Most of the time, using a bow clicker won’t have a negative impact on your form but there are some archers who find that this is the case.

If you try using a bow clicker and find that it affects you badly in any way, you shouldn’t use it. While these small add-ons are designed to help an archer, much like anything, they are not going to be a solution for everyone.

One of the main reasons that some archers struggle with a bow clicker is because they become tense waiting to hear the click. These pieces of equipment are designed to make the experience of drawing the bow a lot more relaxed but if it is making you tense, this will have the opposite effect.

Not only will you not feel as relaxed as you should but the physical reaction of this tenseness will massively affect your form.

Another of the hugely obvious reasons that a bow clicker might be detrimental to your archery practice is if you are a bowhunter. When you are hunting live game, you need silence and to be stealthy. The last thing you need is an audible click.

This may seem quiet to you but to an animal that will already be on its guard, even the smallest sound can come across as a cacophony is the quiet of the woods.

How To Use A Bow Clicker

Now that you know what a bow clicker does and when you will need to use one, the fun can begin. Let’s take a look at how you use a bow clicker.

Setting The Length Of The Bow Clicker

If you are a beginner, you might need to set the length of your bow clicker a little differently to a more experienced archer. At this point, we would suggest setting the clicker so that it gives you around half a centimetre to expand through it.

Depending on your level of fine control, you may need more or less than this but at this point, you won’t need to worry about it too much. The most important thing is that you place your bow clicker in such a way that you are able to expand through it with a smooth motion. You should also ensure that you do not cause it to click too soon.

If you allow this to happen, you may find that it causes you to hesitate on the shots that follow and this can throw off the entire thing. Sometimes, archers who are just beginning their practice may negatively adjust their technique in order to stop the clicker from going off prematurely again.

For this reason, it is crucial that you get the clicker in the correct position from the get-go, avoiding having to compromise your shooting technique. Not only that but it will help to build your confidence in using the device, which will take some getting used to.

When you are ready to set the clicker, you will need to go through your whole shot cycle but do this with your eyes closed and do not release the arrow. Draw the bow to full draw and expand. It can be helpful to have someone with you who can look at the point of the arrow and see where it is on the bow.

One important point here is that you cannot merely do this once and expect this to be the correct position. As with many things in archery, setting your bow clicker takes a certain egress of patience.

You should repeat the process at least six times, each time marking out the average position. You must then repeat this process over the course of three days as this will give you a very good average and avoid placing the clicker in an incorrect position. However, if you have a little more experience, you might only need to check this three times on any given day.

It can be tempting to do this on just one day in eagerness to get started with your clicker, however, there is a good reason why you shouldn’t do this. Too many archers have been known to set a clicker and it is incorrect. This is because your shooting ability may differ from day to day.

Where you may be relaxed and flexible on one day, you could be tired and stiff on another. Not only will this method get you a good average but it will also allow for your entire range. Once you have your range, you are ready to set the clicker.

To begin with, we would suggest setting it in the middle position. Once there, you can then narrow your range and improve your precision.

Tips For Improving Clicker Control

As we have mentioned, it can be tricky getting used to a bow clicker but once you do, you will likely wonder how you ever managed without it. However, in the meantime, why not take a look at our top tips for improving clicker control?

  • Always make sure that you are using a draw weight that is compatible with your physical abilities. Too many archers go for a higher draw weight thinking that they can manage it, when in reality, all it does is negatively affect their precision, consistency and control.
  • Try drawing your bow with your eyes closed and allow yourself to feel the shot cycle. Once you hear the sound of the clicker, open your eyes and see where you are at. If everything is on target, you can go ahead and release the arrow.
  • Try out some of the many clicker conditioning drills you can find online.
  • Do not rely on your bow clicker as this will affect your natural ability. From time to time, take it off and practice shooting without it. This should be seen as an aid and not something that you use all of the time.

Conclusion

A bow clicker is a small device that fits onto your bow and allows you to draw the bow to the correct length every time. Not only does this take out one of the many things that you need to think about, but it will also improve your consistency. It works by letting out a small clicking sound when you reach the correct length.

Getting used to using a bow clicker can take some time but one of the most crucial things is that you set the clicker correctly and this can also take time. You should do this over the course of several days but be careful not to be too reliant on this device and keep practicing without using it.

When you are first starting out with archery, one of the most common concerns is the type of bow that is best for beginners. Different people will naturally be drawn towards a different type of bow but one of the most traditional types is the longbow, and many beginners like to use this to learn.

But is a longbow good for beginners? In this article, we are going to be looking at the longbow in a little more detail and finding out the pros and cons of this type of equipment as well as finding out whether it is good for when you are getting started.

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What Is A Longbow?

A longbow is a piece of archery equipment that was traditionally made using a single piece of wood and a bowstring, for shooting arrows. These bows are much bigger than other types of bow, such as the recurve and compound bows. The conventional design was 1.8m which is around 6ft.

This length would typically be around the same height as the archer and this would allow them to get a much deeper draw. The longbow was invented by the Welsh way back in 1100 and was commonly used by them and the English during battles and for hunting.

One significant feature of the longbow is the tillering; this is not something that you see in all bow but instead, only usually appears in more traditional archery equipment. Let us explain this to you in easy to understand terms.

When you draw a longbow, it is likely that you will hold the bow at an angle, regardless of how hard you try not to. For this reason, the lower limb is typically drawn further than the upper limb.

This means that the upper limb gets something of a headstart when the bow is released and this can affect your shot, which of course, is not something that you want. To counteract this, the lower limb needs to be slightly stronger than the upper limb as this will allow it to move in unison with the upper limb, both releasing at the same time. This is known as tillering and essentially means that when the bow is made, there must be an adjustment of the lower limb to ensure that they release together.

This tillering as well as the size and simple design of the longbow set it apart from the rest. It is also popular with people who want to try their hand at a more traditional method of shooting.

What Type Of Wood Is A Longbow Made From?

Way back when longbows were first made, they would have been made using yew; this is a strong yet flexible type of wood that was readily available at the time. However, if this wood was not available, archers would craft their longbow using wych elm or another similar type of wood.

In modern archery, the longbow may still be made using these flexible and robust woods using one single piece to form the body of the bow. However, at times, you will also see longbows that are made by gluing together a variety of pieces of wood and thanks to modern techniques, these are just as effective.

How Far Can A Longbow Shoot?

Before we get into the range of the longbow, it is worth pointing out that these bows do not have such a heavy draw as recurve or compound bows and so while they can be used for bowhunting, they may not be quite so effective.

However, the distance that they can fire is pretty impressive and for this reason, many people love them for hunting as they do not need to be as close to their target.

Modern longbows have the ability to fire an arrow up to 180m. But their older counterparts such as those used in medieval times may have been able to shoot twice this distance.

When you compare these distances to a recurve bow that can manage around 70 meters, it is not difficult to see why the longbow is so well-loved by long range shooters.

Furthermore, those shooting with a compound bow might shoot a shorter distance than this, at around 60 meters; the longbow certainly has the upper hand.

Good For Beginners?

A lot of beginners will use a recurve bow because of their accuracy and reliability. However, it is known that this type of bow is a lot more difficult to learn and requires significantly more practice to master than a longbow.

For this reason, a long bow might be a more practical solution for people who are just starting out with archery. However, there are many more advantages when it comes to using a longbow for learning this sport.

One of the main reasons that we would recommend using a longbow for beginners is because of how easy they are to use. Unlike other types of bow, the body of the longbow is much thicker and this prevents the limbs from twisting too much; this is sometimes referred to as torquing.

This may sound a little technical, especially if you are new to archery but in short, it means that your arrow will fly in a much straighter line, allowing you greater accuracy with each shot.

Of course, once you have mastered your technique using a longbow, there is no reason why you cannot move on to another type of bow, but learning how to shoot an arrow straight is one of the first, and most crucial things you will need to do.

In addition to improved accuracy, you will likely find that using a longbow to get to grips with archery is that these bows are far gentler on your body. It is no secret that using a recurve bow can put a tremendous amount of stress on the fingers and your joints. Over time, this can become extremely uncomfortable.

However, when you are using a longbow, the draw is much larger and this means that there is less tension, less weight and less pressure on your body. You will also notice that this allows you to hold the bow more steadily which will further improve your shot.

Longbow vs. Recurve Bow

One of the most contentious issues where new archers are concerned is whether they should be practising with a longbow or a recurve bow.

If you are having trouble making a decision on the best type of bow to use, it can be useful to compare the two.

Longbow

As we have already discovered, when compared to a recurve bow, the longbow will prevent torque and this can help to keep your arrow on target.

You will also find that these bows are much more forgiving for someone who is just learning how to handle this type of equipment whereas a recurve might betray you if you do not operate it correctly.

The longbow is much more comfortable to use thanks to its lower draw weight, making it gentler on your hands and your joints. That being said, it is more common to experience handshock when using a longbow which can be off-putting for newbies.

What’s more, a longbow is a much more diverse piece of equipment that can be used for target archery as well as 3D archery. They are less effective for bowhunting but can be used for this, provided that you find one with a higher draw weight of at least 40 pounds.

Recurve

Recurve bows are aptly named owing to the way that the limbs curve up and back towards the archer. This shape means that they are more powerful and this power is transferred into the arrow. Not only does this make the shot more powerful, it also makes it quicker.

A recurve bow does offer a much greater accuracy but in order to benefit from this, the user much practice – a lot and this means that they may not be ideal for someone who is picking up a bow for the first time.

That being said, if you are willing to put in the effort and want to learn how to hold a good stance and handle a bow correctly from the off, then a recurve is a good choice.

Finally, a recurve bow is much easier to store than a longbow owing to its smaller design. When storing a longbow, you must find a place where it can lay flat. If you store it upright then one of the limbs will have to take the weight of the bow and this could cause it to become damaged.

Conclusion

A longbow is one of the most traditional types of bow and has been around for more than a thousand years. However, many new archers want to know if these conventional bows are good for beginners.

In short, the longbow is one of the best bows for a new archer owing to how easy it is to use. They offer good accuracy and will keep the arrow straight because of the way that they are designed. They can also be used for all types of archery.

That being said, many beginners also opt for a recurve bow and while these are more challenging to master, they are more accurate.

Is Archery A Sport?

When we think about sports, we usually think about things like soccer, tennis or perhaps even wrestling, but not many people would pick archery out of the air when coming up with a list of sports.

But in reality, archery is, in fact, deemed to be a sport and to participate, you must have a certain degree of physical ability. So why, then, do so many dispute that this is indeed a sport?

In this article, we are going to be looking at why archery is considered to be a sport and learning more about what it takes to become successful in it.

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What Is A Sport?

This may seem like an inane question, but how many of us could successfully define the word sport? We might think of particular activities, but is there something that all of these activities have in common?

According to the Oxford dictionary, a sport is an activity which requires a level of skill and physical exertion. It also defines sport as something which takes place between two players or teams and is overseen by a set of rules.

If we follow these observations, it is not difficult to see how archery might fall into this category. So let’s take a closer look at this.

Does Archery Meet The Criteria For Being Considered A Sport?

When we look at the definition of what a sport is, we can see that it must meet four basic criteria; it must be played competitively, it must have a set of rules, it must require some physical exertion, and finally, a sport must require a degree of skill. So, with each of these things in mind, does archery measure up as a sport?

It Must Be played Competitively.

Archery can be and is played competitively. Of course, there are those who simply take their bow and arrow out into the wilderness and hunt or take part for fun; but this can be said of any sport.

In the world of competitive archery, there are several tournaments globally which are overseen by the World Archery Federation. There are four main types of archery, each with a slightly different goal. In order to understand how this activity can be played as a competitive sport, it is essential to understand the various types.

  • Target archery is perhaps the most common type of competitive archery and is likely what you would imagine when thinking about archery as a sport. It requires players to stand a predetermined distance from a static target and aim their arrows at the bullseye. In most cases, the target will be made from a material like hay and feature a series of concentric circles, each with its own number of points which are obtained by landing the arrow inside them.
  • Field archery is another of the most common forms of the sport and has very similar rules and goals as target archery. The key difference here is that in field archery, rather than one static target, you will aim to hit a series of targets in a particular setting. This course will feature targets with varying degrees of difficulty, and you may need to work in different lighting conditions or at different heights.
  • Bowhunting may be less common as a sport, but it is still considered to be one. In short, this type of archery is used as a means to obtain food by shooting an animal. The reason that this is considered to be a sport rather than necessity is that unlike thousands of years ago, we now have access to food through shops and farms. So, when people take part in bowhunting, it is more as a way of experiencing the activity.
  • 3D archery is very similar in nature to field archery in that it takes place on an outdoor course. However, rather than aiming at circular targets, there is a series of animal-shaped targets. This is great if you want a little more of a challenge but do not want to take part in bowhunting.

Each of these types of archery can be played competitively with players or teams working on scoring more points than their rivals; clearly demonstrating that archery is competitive.

It Must Have A Set Of Rules

Indeed, if archery is played at a competitive level, there must be a set of rules that players must abide by in order to make the play fair. This suggestion would be correct since archery is overseen and regulated by the World Archery Federation which dictates a series of rules that must be followed.

Amazingly, these rules don’t just dictate how the sport should be played but go into far more detail, such as the type of clothing that players must wear and the type of bow that is used.

It Must Require Some Physical Exertion

If you have never taken part in archery, it would be easy to assume that there isn’t a lot of physical exertion needed but most archers would disagree with this.

One of the first things that you should consider is that the bow itself can weigh as much as 40lbs, this would be fine if you were holding it up for a few seconds, but retaining this position whilst at full draw can take a severe physical toll.

Furthermore, the muscles that are involved in drawing and shooting the bow are far more diverse than one might first imagine with the shoulders, arms and core all being involved.

When archers play at very competitive levels, there is some muscle and weight training involved, further adding to the physical exertion of this sport.

It Must Require A Degree of Skill

The level of skill is perhaps one of the things that contribute most to archery being considered a sport. Aiming the arrow and getting it on target is no mean feat and simply being able to hit the target is just the beginning.

In order to be successful in archery, a player must be able to remain consistent with their aim. Even someone who has never picked up a bow in their life might be able to hit the bullseye on their first attempt, even if by fluke. However, to be able to do this time and time again does require a certain level of skill which can only be gained through practice.

Is Archery An Olympic Sport?

If you are still in any doubt that archery is a sport then perhaps when we consider that this is an event in both the Olympics and Paralympics, you might change your mind.

The sport first appeared in the huge worldwide games way back in 1900, so it has been around for some time as an Olympic sport. It continued to appear throughout the following years and became so popular that by the 1920s, it became the first Olympic sport to be played by women. However, the sport disappeared from the games for more than fifty years and was reintroduced in 1976.

By 2020, at the Tokyo Olympic games, it is thought that more than 140 countries will offer up athletes ready to take part in this event.

There are three types of competition in the archery event at the Olympics, and these are individual, team and mixed which sees men and women competing together; this is a relatively new concept for the Olympics and perfectly demonstrates how gender equality is becoming massively influential in the sporting world.

Out of the four main types of archery, only target archery is played during the Olympic games and the rules are as follows:

  • Players must stand 70 metres away from the target.
  • The target will feature ten concentric circles, each with varying numbers of points.
  • Each player will shoot 12 arrows, and the player with the highest number of points will win the event.
  • Players must use a recurve bow in order to compete.

Conclusion

Archery is an activity that is done by many people around the world. In days gone by, this would have been a means to an end and would have helped our ancestors obtain food to survive.

However, over time, more and more people enjoy taking part in this activity as a competitive sport, and it is even played in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

To be called a sport, an activity must meet four basic criteria; it requires skill, physical exertion, a clear set of rules and must be competitive. Archery meets all of these requirements and so is widely considered to be a sport.

Despite many people arguing to the contrary, there is no denying that this is a sport and will continue to be played as one for many years to come.

If you know someone who loves archery then it stands to reason that you will want to get them an exciting archery gift when their birthday, Christmas, anniversary or any other special occasion comes around.

However, one of the problems that a lot of people face is that they do not know the first thing about archery and as such, find that choosing the right gift is next to impossible. But this does not need to be a problem any more.

We have put together a comprehensive guide on all the things that an archer needs and why they might find these gifts useful and exciting.

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Things Every Archer Should Have

If you have never practiced archery, it might surprise you to learn that there is an incredible amount of equipment that an archer needs to maintain his or her favourite sport.

Many people fall into the trap of thinking that archers need nothing more than just a bow and arrow but this could not be further from the truth.

The type of equipment and the accessories that an archer needs will largely depend on several things including the type of archery that they do, where they shoot, the type of bow they use and of course, their personal preference. Sounds complicated, right? But it isn’t once you get to grips with all of the essential things that every archer should have.

So, if you are in the market for an exciting archery gift for someone you love, take a look at our top picks of the most important archery equipment.

Arrows

It seems pretty obvious as a first choice that you might buy arrows for an archer and this is one of the most familiar pieces of archery equipment, even for those who don’t practice the sport.

But what surprises many people is that there is so much more to the arrow that first meets the eye. There are, in fact, several types of arrow and the type you select will vastly depend on the type of archery that is being practiced.

Furthermore, arrows come in different lengths. For example, if the archer takes part in bowfishing, he or she would need a much longer arrow than those used in bowhunting. What’s more, bowfishing arrows tend to be made from much more durable materials as they need to be stronger.

Bowhunters will typically use what is known as a broadhead arrow as these are far better for making a kill. In contrast, using these for target archery would likely cause a lot of damage to the target and so they are rarely used for this type of archery.

You should also look at the material of the arrow since they can come in a huge range. There are arrows made from fibreglass and carbon which tend to be very lightweight and tend to have a faster flying speed.

Archers that wish to replicate a more conventional type of archery might favour wooden arrows like those seen in the movies and in ancient times. For this reason, it is again important to be aware of what sort of archery your loved one does.

Read more: Great arrows for a 70 lb compound bow

Bow Release

Many people who do not typically take part in archery believe that firing a bow involves using the hand to pull back the bowstring and release the arrow and while it is true that you can do it this way, many modern archers do not.

Instead, the archer would use a small device known as a bow release. This is something that attaches to the bowstring and releases it rather than the archer having to use his or her fingers.

While it is not obligatory to use a bow release, many modern archers favour these devices as there are a lot of advantages in using them. For example, releasing the bowstring with the fingers can cause chafing and pain which can ultimately affect the overall performance of the archer.

But much more than this, you will need to think about the type of bow that the archer uses. In the main, archers use either a recurve bow or a compound bow. The latter is a mechanical bow which has only been around for the last few decades, whereas a recurve is a much more traditional type of bow.

Archers that use a compound bow are more likely to use a release but there are some recurve bow users that use them. For the most part, recurve bow archers will develop techniques for shooting that do not require the use of a release.

Conversely, the compound bow is often designed with a bow release in mind and many people will instinctively use these. However, some experts would not recommend these for beginners as they could prevent them from learning valuable shooting skills. Therefore, if the gift recipient is new to archery, this might be something that you get them on another special occasion.

Bow Sling

There are two main types of bow sling; the wrist sling and the finger sling. There are hundreds of articles all over the internet detailing which one is better and which one might suit any given archer.

However, in a nutshell, a bow sling is a device that prevents the archer from dropping the bow. You will often see Olympic archers using this type of equipment so it can be very easy to assume that this is an essential accessory for all archers. You wouldn’t be wrong.

The reason that a bow sling is so important is because when the archer releases the bowstring, a considerable amount of force will cause the bow to move forward. If there is nothing stopping this, there is a chance that it could fall out of the hands.

Of course, nobody wants this, specifically because it would cause damage to the bow which could be costly to replace and there is a chance of injury.

Modern bow slings come in a range of styles but the most important thing is the comfort of the archer as well as giving them stability and accuracy. Accuracy is one of the most important parts of archery and every piece of equipment in an archers arsenal should have it as a priority.

Finger slings are typically used by competitive archers and these are what you would see in the Olympics. They are more likely used with a recurve bow. However, a wrist bow sling would normally be used by bowhunters and people using compound bows.

Bowstring Wax

If you don’t know much about archery, it will probably surprise you to learn that archers also have to apply ‘cosmetics’ to their bowstring in order to keep them in tip top condition.

Bowstring wax is something that no good archer can live without and although the bow string doesn’t need replacing for around two to three years after it is installed, in general, this doesn’t mean that good maintenance is not required.

This wax is applied along the length of the bowstring to keep it supple, smooth and flexible. Over time, and as the string is drawn repeatedly, it will lose its quality but using a bowstring wax can improve the lifespan of the bowstring.

But just as surprising as the fact that bowstring wax exists in the first place is the fact that there are some which might do more harm than good.

There are some low-quality bowstring waxes on the market that could leave a nasty residue on the string and cause it to wear away more quickly than it otherwise would.

You must also think about the scent of the bowstring wax. If you are buying a gift for a bowhunter who will be stalking wild game, a scented bowstring wax could be enough to deter his or her target.

Animals have an incredible sense of smell and even the most delicately fragranced waxes could see them running in the opposite direction.

Bow Stand

A bow stand is a piece of essential archery equipment for anyone who uses a compound bow. When the archer is out target shooting or bowhunting, it is vital that he or she has somewhere safe and secure that they can place their bow when they are not using it. Furthermore, in between practice sessions, it is imperative that the bow is hung properly, otherwise there is a chance that it will become damaged.

These are expensive pieces of equipment and an archer would not want any damage to come to their bow.

The bow stand works by attaching to the limbs of the compound bow. It has legs which can be adjusted and rest on the ground, fully supporting the weight of the bow and keeping it off the floor.

While a bow stand would typically be used with a compound bow, there are those that are made with a recurve bow in mind. However, when you are shopping for these, it is important to check whether the design is compatible for the type of bow the archer uses.

A bow stand is probably one of the more useful gifts that you could buy for an archer. Primarily because not all archers will own one and will have to dismantle the bowstring to store the bow in its case, which is a bit of a nuisance.

What’s more, these pieces of equipment come in varying price ranges so you can be sure to find something to fit your budget.

Arrow Puller

An arrow puller is a tool that all archers need but something that they often wish they didn’t have to have. But without these small devices, the archer would spend a lot more money on new arrows.

In the most simple terms, an arrow puller is used to pull arrows that have become lodged in a target or anything else in the surrounding area.

Quite often, when an arrow misses its target, it may become lodged in a tree or other nearby object. It can be quite difficult to remove it without damaging the arrow and this is where an arrow puller is invaluable.

What’s great about these tools is that they are extremely compact so they can be taken out on archery adventures without the need for the archer to be weighed down. After all; he or she will already have a lot of equipment to carry with them.

An arrow puller doesn’t just work in one way, while this is a small accessory, it is one that is very powerful. To begin with, the arrow puller will get an excellent grip on the arrow shaft so that the archer can use his or her own force to remove it. When grabbing an arrow by hand, there simply is not enough grip.

Furthermore, the arrow pulled will prevent the arrow from becoming damaged as it is removed. When you attempt to remove an arrow by hand, there is a very real chance that it will bend or in the worst case scenario, snap entirely.

Bow Sight

A bow sight is a small piece of equipment that uses a system of pins and allows the archer to sight in on their target. There are archers that prefer not to use a sight but this is rare and more often than not, modern archers will always use a bow sight.

This accessory attaches to the bow and the archer can look through it. Whereas sights on a rifle might use a magnification aspect, bow sights do not; this is where the pins come in. As the archer looks through the bow sight, this enables them to get a much more accurate aim on their target. As we have already discovered, accuracy is one of the most important parts of this sport.

However, you cannot merely head to an archery shop or look online for any old bow sight; it is important to choose the correct one.

In the main, there are two different types of bow sight, one that uses multiple pins and a bow sight with a single pin.

A multiple pin bow sight must be sighted in by the archer before heading out to shoot. Each pin will be set at a different distance; this is typically ten yards, twenty yards and forty yards but this will vary from person to person.

Conversely, a single pin bow sight features just one pin which the archer can adjust as they go along, moving it according to the current distance they are shooting.

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Arm Guard

If you are looking for an arm guard, you may notice that they are sometimes called bracers. While the name may be different, these are essentially the same thing. You will find this a lot in archery, many pieces of equipment can go by many names so it is important not to let this confuse you.

An arm guard is exactly what you might imagine it to be; a guard that fits on the arm, the forearm to be precise.

These archery accessories can come in many forms, typically being made from leather, stone or plastic. When you think about traditional archery, you might imagine the archer wearing an arm guard as these are often part of the Hollywood costume for actors playing the role of an archer.

In reality, they are not as common as other pieces of equipment as not all archers will use them but those that do realise the importance of them. The arm guard, or bracer is used to serve two main purposes; to protect the arm from string slap and to keep any long sleeves or other loose clothing from interfering with the shot.

When we talk about string slap, this is where the bowstring grazes the forearm as the archer takes the shot. This can be very painful and when it happens repeatedly, the area can become quite sore. That being said, a lot of archers still don’t realise how beneficial these can be and as such, you will find a lot of information online about why you should use a bracer.

If your archer friend or family member isn’t using an arm guard at the moment, you might consider this as a gift.

Targets

Targets come in so many different shapes and sizes and they are one of the most essential parts of archery practice. Without a target, the archer would not be able to practice their aim, ready for when they go out hunting or take part in a competition.

However, you should think about the type of archery that the person takes part in. This is because the targets that a bowhunter might use will be vastly different from those that a target archer would use.

Bowhunters might use 3D targets which come in the shape and often size of an animal, this allows them to have a realistic practice in their own backyard. However, someone who takes part in competitive archery might use the type of target that you would initially think of when asked to picture an archery target.

These often feature a series of concentric circles with varying points for each one. You will often see these used in Olympic archery. The main types of archery targets are as follows:

  • Bag targets are large, heavy filled bags that sometimes come with targets printed on all sides. These can easily be moved around and are extremely durable. While they may be the most basic form of archery target, they are certainly one of the most practical.
  • Cube or block targets are great for experienced archers and while most of these come with a six-sided design, there is one, the Rinehart 18-1, which has 18 sides. This is great for anyone who needs to practice shooting from awkward angles and from different vantage points.
  • Paper targets are exactly that, targets made from paper. However, you wouldn’t typically use them on their own. The paper target would normally be attached to a bag or wooden target.
  • 3D targets, as we have discussed, come in the shape of animals that a bowhunter would typically stalk. However, it is worth keeping in mind that these can be slightly more expensive.

Quiver

A quiver is a container that an archer stores his or her arrows in and allows them to take a series of arrows out into the field without having to carry them individually. This piece of archery equipment dates back almost to the dawn of archery itself and while back then, they would have been made from animal skin, modern quivers are much more diverse.

Quivers come in two main forms; those that are worn on the hip and those that are worn on the back. Much of the decision into which one will work best is based on the personal preference of the archer, but there are other things to consider.

For example, target archers will generally go for a hip quiver and there are those that are designed specifically for target archery. These quivers allow the archer to see their arrows and sort through them easily whilst also being able to quickly remove them, when they are ready to use them.

Conversely, a bowhunter might like to use a back quiver as they do not get in the way while walking through the woods.

There are also quivers which are freestanding and are often used by target archers who will be in one spot for the duration of the competition. The advantage of these is that the archer does not need to wear them so they are not having to carry any additional weight.

Read more: How many arrows fits in a quiver

Lessons In Archery

Whether an archer has been practicing for many decades or is just beginning to understand the sport; there is always something to learn.

Archery is not something that you can just do as and when you feel like it. It is a sport that requires lifelong commitment and ongoing practice. But without professional instruction, it is easy for an archer to pick up on some very bad habits.

If you know an archer who has every accessory and piece of equipment available then treating them to a course of archery lessons might be a gift that is very well received. But you don’t need to make them feel as though you are questioning their ability. There are many archery lessons that can be extremely fun.

According to the National Field Archery Association of the USA, there are many benefits to having archery lessons. These include helping the archer to improve their focus, working on hand-eye coordination and improving strength.

What’s more, attending archery lessons or perhaps an archery experience will allow the person to meet others who have similar interests.

Conclusion

Once a person begins practicing archery, it won’t take long before it has taken over their life and they will want to spend every waking moment with their bow. One thing is for certain about archers; they are dedicated.

But this dedication means that they must have a lot of accessories and pieces of equipment; and we are not just talking about a bow. While many people may mistakenly think that archers need nothing more than a bow and arrow and a good aim, there is an endless selection of equipment that would make the perfect archery gift.

When you are going out on a hunting mission or taking part in an archery competition, you will likely need several arrows – they might break, you might wish to shoot groups, or you might lose some. For this reason, archers for thousands of years have taken more than just a single arrow out with them – could you imagine!

Modern archery is aided through some excellent pieces of equipment, and while the quiver is by no means a new invention, the modern offerings are convenient and very well made.

But the type of quiver that you use and even the type of arrows can have an effect on how many arrows fit in a quiver and in this article, we are going to be looking at this in a little more detail and letting you know how many arrows you can expect to be able to take with you.

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What Is A Quiver?

A quiver is a special container that is used to store arrows when out on an archery mission. Quivers were invented many thousands of years ago. Early humans developed archery as a way to hunt, and its effectiveness has undoubtedly stood the test of time, but these people needed a way to transport their arrows that was convenient and didn’t get in the way.

Back then, a quiver would have been constructed from natural materials such as animal skin or fur and some were even crafted from wood.

However, modern quivers are usually manufactured from either plastic or metal although there are some variations on this.

How Many Arrows Fit In A Quiver

Way back in medieval times, it was not uncommon for archers to carry multiple quivers and this was especially true if they were going to battle, with some pro archers taking as many as three quivers each.

Inside each of these would be a total of around sixty arrows – we guess that would be pretty fitting when fighting a battle. Still, when taking part in a competition or doing some personal hunting, you may not need this many and handling too much equipment will only weigh you down.

In modern times, the average number of arrows carried in a quiver is ten, but many archers will also have further spares in other places such as a bow case or a pack. In competitive archery, people do not leave anything to chance and will often take twice as many arrows than they need in order to be prepared for every eventuality. Furthermore, they may take along spare parts for the arrow, including fletchings and nocks.

The Diffrent Types Of Quivers

The number of arrows that will typically fit inside a quiver will vary greatly. This is not a question that can be given a definitive answer. Hence, it is essential to look at the different types of quiver as this will allow us to determine more easily how many arrows you will be able to carry.

Belt Quiver

A belt quiver, as its name may suggest is attached to your belt, and this means that it is in one of the most convenient locations. These quivers do not interfere with your posture, which is terribly important in archery as being out by millimetres can have a drastic effect on your accuracy.

They are usually a cylinder, but some designs are flat, and their placement means that you are easily able to access the arrows without moving around too much. Furthermore, they are relatively lightweight and will not weigh you down like some of the larger pieces of equipment out there.

They are ideally suited to those who take part in target archery tournaments due to their size and can hold up to 12 arrows.

Back Quiver

While the belt quiver may be the most common type, the back quiver certainly has its advantages. Once again, the name kind of gives the game away and these quivers sit on the back and feature leather straps to hold them around your body.

Anyone who is unfamiliar with archery and was asked to think of a quiver would likely picture a back quiver since these are regularly depicted in the media such as in movies like Lord of the Rings. There is a good reason for this as they are a far more traditional design and as such, are often the go-to style for those who prefer to engage in a conventional practice.

They are ideal for things like 3D archery since they are carried on the back and will not interfere with visibility or shooting. They are also better for making your way through rough terrain and will not interfere with your balance.

While these quivers look great, they may be slightly less practical since you cannot see how many arrows are left and you must reach up and over to take an arrow out which can take some getting used to. They are also slightly heavier, and this can be a problem if you are lacking in strength.

However, with the ability to hold up to 24 arrows, these are certainly nothing if not practical.

Field Quiver

The field quiver is very similar in nature to the belt quiver, which you may sometimes hear being referred to as a side quiver, but these are essentially the same thing. However, the critical difference with the field quiver is the way the arrows are positioned inside it.

With the belt quiver, your arrows will remain facing forward. Conversely, the field quiver has the arrows facing backwards.

This is much safer than the belt quiver because there is far less chance of an injury occurring when removing the arrows and it will not be in the way as much.

Archers are able to carry as many as 12 arrows in this type of quiver, which is more than enough for a regular hunting mission or a competitive event.

Bow Quiver

As you might imagine, the bow quiver attaches directly to your bow, and this means that you will not need to carry two separate pieces of equipment which is ideal if you are in a tournament as the extra weight could serve as a distraction.

The quiver attaches to the limb of the bow and is, therefore, better used with a compound bow rather than a recurve bow.

One of the significant drawbacks of this type of quiver is that the number of arrows you can store in it is far more limited than other types. You can only carry six arrows at once in a bow quiver.

Ground Quiver

Finally, the ground quiver is used when you do not need to move around; they were quite frequently used in medieval battle when the archers would remain in a citadel and in modern times they are ideal for stationary tournaments.

Your ground quiver will feature a long stake that fits into the ground and a small ring at the top where the arrows will be located, making it convenient and quick to take them out.

How Many Arrows Do I Need In My Quiver

Despite each of the different types of quiver being able to hold differing numbers of arrows, the amount you might need will also vary. There is very little point in weighing yourself down with 24 arrows when you would have had more than enough with just ten.

For hobby archers who tend to only shoot at a range, then there really isn’t any need to equip yourself with any arrows at all as these will be provided for you at the range.

What’s more, if you are spending a lot of time with target practice out in the field, you may want to take a larger number of arrows to save having to keep retrieving them.

In contrast, if you are hunting animals, you might make use of just three arrows in any one trip, specifically if you are hunting deer. Furthermore, there are different types of arrows, each being suitable for hunting other species; what you use for a deer will be different from what you use when hunting rabbits, for example. Small game requires a specifically designed arrow, and the types of head found on these will impact the flight of the arrow.

Finally, the number of arrows you will take will depend on your own preference. More confident archers might take the minimal amount, whereas those who are just starting out might feel a little more comfortable having a number of back-up arrows.

Conclusion

A quiver is an essential accessory for archers and is a container in which their arrows can be placed. In days gone by, our ancestors would have fashioned these items from leather, animal fur and even wood but the more modern offerings tend to be made from either metal or plastic.

Aside from the material, quivers also come in different forms, and this is primarily related to how you wear them; most commonly, they would be worn on the back or the belt. However, there are also static quivers for use when you are not moving around.

The number of arrows in each quiver depends on several factors, including what type of quiver you are using and the type of archery you are taking part in.

One of the great things about the modern society that we live in is that we certainly do not need to leave our homes to take our entertainment. Particularly in recent times, where things have been a little different than what we are used to, more and more people are spending time at home.

Now, we cannot stress enough that we would always advocate getting outside into the fresh air and experiencing archery the way it was intended to be experienced. However, for those times where that is not possible, a video game is an excellent alternative.

There are so many archery video games out there and all of them have their good points. But we have played a lot of these games and we can say, hand on heart, that the selection we have picked to share with you are some of the most exciting and fulfilling archery video games out there.

A good archery video game will make you feel as if you are in the moment; it will give you a virtual experience that is so close to what the sport feels like in real life, that you might believe you are really there.

No matter what type of archery you want to take part in, there is an archery video game that you will enjoy.

What’s more, archery videogames are hugely entertaining. There are a lot of modern video games that are not designed with enough fun and they can quickly become boring, putting players off and causing them to look elsewhere. But we know of many archery video games that will have you hooked from the moment you pick up the controller.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our top picks and see what all the fuss is about.

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Towerfall Ascension

Towerfall Ascension, quite often just referred to as Towerfall, is one of the most popular and well-received archery video games in recent times. This is an indie game designed for up to four players and is a modern take on some of the classic archery video games.

It brings together everything that gamers love about this type of game and delivers on excitement, combat and much more.

It takes it inspiration from some of the most well-loved games from recent history but does so with a unique twist. Players will be intrigued by the combination of fun, battle and socialising.

Towerfall Ascension is unlike other modern video games in the sense that it is a local gae, i.e the players must be in the same room. This takes you back to the golden age of couch gaming and encourages players to interact with real-life competitors.

Many people have called for an online version of the game but the creators believe that the best fun can be had when experiencing it with the other players. Many have tried to describe the game and failed; you really much try it to appreciate it.

But it’s all very light-hearted as the battles are nothing short of hilarious thanks to the colorful gameplay and unique characters.

Towerfall is available on the following consoles:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • OS X
  • Nintendo Switch

Titan Souls

UK indie studio, Acid Nerve developed Titan Souls and released it in 2015. The game is based around the Titan Souls which inhabit the realm between earth and the world beyond. The Titan Souls are said to be the source of everything living thing in the universe and our hero must embark on a quest to gather the shards of the Titan Soul in order to gain power and truth.

But where does archery come into this, we hear you cry? Well, wouldn’t you know that our hero is armed with nothing but a single arrow. Alright, that wouldn’t get your far in real life but in the virtual world, the possibilities are endless.

As you go through the game, you will meet 19 bosses, each of which will act in a different way. Your job is to figure out how to deliver one critical hit to defeat the boss. But this is not as simple as it sounds.

You will use your one arrow which you must charge before firing it and should you take just one hit, it’s game over and you’ll need to try again. Frustrating? It might well be but this is a game of brains and accuracy.

Titan Souls is available on the following consoles:

  • PC
  • PlayStation 4
  • PS Vita
  • Mac
  • Linux

Terraria

Terraria is a sandbox game that was first released back in 2011 and it has not waned in popularity since. The game is advertised as being full of mystery and this certainly draws in players in their millions.

You begin the game by building a basic shelter; your base, if you will before moving on to create a world that, until now, only existed in your imagination.

It is very similar to many of the other sandbox type games in that you will dig for ore and various other materials in order to be able to build. But that doesn’t take away from the fun factor!

One of the most exciting things is that you are able to craft magical items and weapons; more than 500 of them, to be precise. You will then use these as you challenge bosses and defend your kingdom.

Among the weapons are several different bows; everything from the tin bow to the platinum bow, the demon bow to the iron bow and who could ignore the molten fury bow?

Terraria is available on the following consoles:

  • Windows
  • iOS
  • Linux

Mana Spark

If you love an RPG then this is a great choice, particularly if you also have a passion for archery. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this will be an easy adventure; Mana Spark is marketed as being a challenging game, so be prepared to put in the hours if you want to be successful.

One of the things that really sets Mana Spark apart from other similar games is that the enemies are smart. The game features a built-in AI that allows your enemies to plot against you – WITH EACH OTHER! There aren’t many other games that can lay claim to this and this is what makes the game so challenging.

The game is based around the idea that humankind are the weaker beings and while we think we are intelligent, we are no match for other races out there. These races live abundant lives funded by mana but as a human, you have been subject to torture, poverty and a life of inequality.

Your mission now is to fight against these races and emerge victorious. However, all you have is a bow and arrow; but isn’t that all anyone needs?

Fight your way through and find Mana Spark on the following consoles:

  • Nintendo Switch
  • Mac
  • PC

Kid Icarus – Our Classic Pick

Some of the modern archery video games are excellent and the technology that we have today certainly allows you to immerse yourself in a virtual world that almost feels like reality. But is there anything better than a classic? We think not.

Kid Icarus is a game that has been withstanding the test of time since its release more almost 35 years ago, in 1986.

The game is based around a lovable character, Pit who is on a quest to locate three hidden treasures. Once he finds these sacred treasures, he will be able to rescue Angel Land which is a beautiful island inspired by Greek Mythology.

Much like many of the games released in this era, Kid Icarus is a platform game with relatively simple controls. Pit will need to collect various items and fight against monsters along his way, of course, armed with his trusty bow and arrow.

At the end of each section, there are bosses to beat, giving the player something of a challenge and once you do this, you will be rewarded with those all-important sacred treasures.

Kid Icarus has firmly rooted itself in the hearts of many classic gamers and it has elements that appeal to all types of fans. The music is one of the most acclaimed scores for a video game in recent history.

What’s more, the game spans several genres making it ideal to play with other players, even if they don’t share the same interests as your normally where games are concerned.

Kid Icarus was designed for the Nintendo Entertainment System and there was a sequel released for the GameBoy in 1991. Furthermore, 25 years after it’s original release, Nintendo brought out a 3DS version for the modern handheld gaming fan.

Conclusion

Gaming has fast become one of the world’s favorite hobbies and we are seeing more and more games that are based around archery. Whether you are looking to create your own world and defend it, find hidden treasures or defeat evil races, there will likely be an archery video game that you fall in love with.

These are some of our favorites and we feel confident that you will have just as much fun playing them as we did. But be ready to hone your skills, because some of these require you to rise to the challenge.

Hunting is a great sport and pastime, but it gets decidedly less fun when your feet are wet, cold, and at the point of nearly freezing. This is why many hunters choose to go with warm and insulated boots. In this article, we going to find the warmest rubber hunting boots on the market that fits your needs.

That said, finding the warmest hunting boots is a challenge in its own right, something we are here to help with.

Let’s take a look at the main considerations to keep in mind when shopping for hunting boots, plus we will also review a couple of the warmest rubber hunting boots around.

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What to Look For in Rubber Hunting Boots

There are some important factors to keep in mind when selecting rubber hunting boots. The following aspects should be considered when purchasing rubber hunting boots, especially ones to keep your feet warm.

Insulation

Without a doubt, when it comes to rubber hunting boots to keep your feet warm, one of the most important aspects is the insulation. There are many different kinds of insulation, and many do the job just fine.

The most important thing is that you find rubber boots that have a decent amount of insulation.

Specifically, what you want to look for is what temperature the boots are rated for. The colder the environment you plan on hunting in, the better that insulation needs to be.

The best rubber hunting boots will feature insulation, which is also waterproof because keeping your feet dry will go a long way in also keeping them warm.

A Stretch Inner Booty + Moisture Wicking

Another important feature of a good rubber hunting boot is that it features a 4-way stretch inner booty. This is convenient for a number of reasons.

These inner booties help provide an additional layer of insulation and warmth, plus they should be waterproof as well. Moreover, this is a feature that will help to provide an additional soft layer to prevent chafing and irritation, to increase comfort, and to improve stability as well.

At the same time, the rubber boots you get should also feature some sort of moisture-wicking interior lining, preferably right in the stretch booty. Feet can get sweaty, which means they are susceptible to cold and moisture from the inside.

A good moisture-wicking lining will help to wick that moisture away from your feet, thus keeping them dry and warm at all times.

A Soft and Supportive Footbed

Now, rubber boots are not often known for being the most comfortable around, especially not for walking long distances.

Most rubber boots have a pretty lackluster footbed, but this should not be the case for hunting boots. A good hunting boot, rubber or otherwise, should have a good EVA footbed, or something similar.

At any rate, it should be specially molded and contoured to provide a maximum amount of arch support. If you plan on walking far distances, arch support is very important to prevent pain.

Moreover, the footbed should be very soft, as it should be able to absorb most of the impact created with each step. The better the footbed in the boot is, the longer you can wear them without experiencing discomfort.

The Outer Material and the Upper

We are talking about rubber boots, but what is important to note is that not all rubber boots are built the same.

For hunting in cold and wet conditions, you need to look for a rubber boot that has a fairly thick outer shell, something that is going to be 100% waterproof with the ability to retain a good deal of heat.

On that same note, if you can find a rubber boot with minimal seams, you are in luck. Fewer seams usually translate to a higher level of durability.

It’s also important to pay attention to the upper of the boot. Many rubber hunting boots actually feature a fabric upper, which is more comfortable than pure rubber; plus, it helps retain heat better too, but waterproofing is also an issue with fabric uppers.

Whatever the case may be, you need to ensure that if you are looking at a boot with a fabric upper, it should be designed to be 100% waterproof, especially if you plan on hunting in deep snow.

The Tread

Yet another factor is the tread of the boot. Many rubber hunting boots will feature so-called muck or mud-ready tread patterns.

Remember that when you are hunting, more often than not, you will be walking through snowy, wet, and muddy conditions, all of which translates to a big risk of slipping and falling.

If you get rubber hunting boots with a really thick, deep, and intense tread pattern, it should prevent slipping and falling, even in the muddiest of conditions.

The tread may be one of the most important factors you need to look for in any hunting boots.

Color and Pattern

Something you may not have thought about, although one of the less important considerations, is that you get a hunting boot with the right color and pattern for the season.

If you plan on hunting in the spring or fall, a classic green camo pattern is fine, but for the winter, when there is snow on the ground, a winter-oriented camo pattern with lots of white is recommended.

Other Considerations to Keep in Mind

Another important aspect to keep in mind here is what kind of hunting you plan on doing and where you plan on hunting because although rubber boots are great, they are not the best for all types of hunting.

Stationary vs. On-the-Go Hunting

For instance, if you plan on doing a lot of walking through the woods to stalk and kill your prey, you might want to switch those rubber boots out for a more comfortable lace-up hunting or hiking boot.

Having a boot that can be laced up, adjusted tied tight, and comes with a footbed designed for long distance walking is required for various types of hunting.

If warmth is not the biggest concern, comfort should come first.

The Terrain

On that same note, not only should you consider if you plan on being active or stationary, but also what kind of terrain you have in your way.

If you are faced with dense forest, slippery conditions, and lots of hills and obstacles, lace up hunting boots or hiking boots should be considered.

Although insulated rubber boots are great for warmth and for keeping feet dry, they won’t perform so well when having to walk over rough terrain.

Weather Conditions

Something that is also going to make a difference when it comes to selecting the right hunting footwear is the season and the weather conditions.

If you plan on winter hunting or traipsing through swamps, a very warm, insulated, and waterproof rubber hunting boot is recommended.

For the winter, insulation and waterproofing are definitely must-have features.

However, for warmer and dryer seasons, it’s best to go with something a bit lighter and thinner, still warm and durable; but when it’s warm and dry out, there’s not much need for a heavily insulated and waterproof boot.

The heavier the boot, the harder it will be to stay comfortable in. For late spring, summer, and early fall hunting, you can do away with the insulation in exchange for something lighter and more comfortable.

The Warmest Hunting Boots

Here there are two great pairs of rubber hunting boots which you can take a look at.

We have done our very best to choose those which should be the most comfortable, durable, and of course the warmest too.

Bogs Insulated Rubber Boot

If it is an affordable yet also high-quality pair of rubber hunting boots you are looking for, the Bogs Insulated Rubber Boot is a great option.

Considering how warm, comfortable, and ideal this boot is for hunting, it is surprising that it is not more expensive.

One of the aspects which stands out is how warm these boots are made to be. They come complete with 7mm Neo-Tech waterproof insulation, which for rubber boots is fairly impressive.

They are rated to keep feet warm even in double-digit negative temperatures, and they have enough space so you can wear heavy socks at the same time.

Not only are these boots specially insulated for cold temperatures, extreme cold in fact, but they are also 100% waterproof.

The insulation is waterproof, the solid rubber exterior is waterproof, and the full upper is also waterproof.

Never again do your feet have to get cold or wet while hunting.

The 4-way stretch inner booty helps add another layer of insulation, softness, and comfort, plus these boots also come with a moisture-wicking lining to wick away sweat and keep your feet warm and dry from the inside.

The outsole of the Bogs Insulated Rubber Boot is something else which stands out. It is a rubber sole with a special tread pattern to ensure maximum stability and traction in wet and muddy conditions, which are likely to occur while out in the woods.

On a side note, these outsoles are also non-marking, which is great for any floor which crosses your path.

What is also worth noting about the Bogs Insulated Rubber Boot is the fact that it’s also a comfortable boot to wear, even for walking long distances.

It comes with a contoured EVA footbed which is designed to provide your arches with support and stability, plus it helps provide a good impact-absorbing bed to walk on.

The DuraFresh Bio-Tech in the footbed helps to keep odors at bay.

Bogs Classic Mid Insulated Boot

These boots are quite similar to the ones we just looked at. The main difference between this rubber boot and the above one is that this one is a mid-height boot; it won’t cover quite as much of your leg.

It’s like a mix between a full length rubber boot and a hiking boot, in that it still covers a part of the shin, but not as much as a full size boot such as the one above.

However, other than that, both of these boots are very similar.

The Bogs Classic Mid Insulated Boot features a 100% rubber construction which is totally waterproof from top to bottom.

Moreover, these boots also feature that same Neo-Tech insulation to provide maximum warmth, even in double-digit negative temperature weather.

The Bogs inner booty is another good addition here, as it’s a 4-way stretch booty which helps to provide even more insulation and warmth, plus it’s also waterproof, not to mention that it helps to wick away moisture from the feet.

The Bogs Classic Mid Insulated Boot comes with a so-called muck-ready tread pattern, a tread pattern that can easily handle mud and wet conditions without giving out on you.

The only thing to note here is that these boots, due to the shorter shaft, are not designed for deep snow, and unlike the other reviewed above, these also don’t have a footbed that quite as supportive.

However, when all is said and done, for late fall or early spring, when there isn’t too much snow on the ground, these boots will keep feet warm and dry.

Conclusion

The boots you choose for hunting are going to make a big difference.

Remember, when you are selecting rubber hunting boots, especially for cold and wet times of the year, a well-insulated boot that is 100% waterproof and can wick away moisture is highly recommended.

Moreover, something with good tread that can deal with slippery terrain, a boot with a comfortable footbed, and even moisture-wicking capabilities is recommended.

Remember, you might be out there all day, so finding the warmest rubber hunting boots is a pretty big deal.

To make an accurate shot at long distances, you first need to know the exact distance between you and the target. To measure the distance, a rangefinder is needed, although not all rangefinders perform as required. Today we want to help you find the best rangefinders for long range shooting and we also have a couple of high-quality long-distance rangefinders which we will review.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing A Rangefinder

When it comes to rangefinders, especially for long-distance hunting, there are a few key aspects to consider. Let’s take a look at the main features and factors to pay attention to when shopping for a rangefinder.

Working Distance

Perhaps the most important consideration is the operational range or working distance of the rangefinder in question. What you require is going to depend on the type of hunting or shooting you plan on doing.

Generally speaking, long-range shooting is going to require a range finder with a working distance of at least 1,000 yards, although this of course depends on your specific needs. You may need a rangefinder that can go 500 or 600 yards, or you may need one which can go out to nearly 2,000 yards.

The bottom line is that you need to pay attention to the working distance of the rangefinder in question and compare this to your requirements. Paying a bit extra for one that can go the extra distance is usually worth the investment.

Overall Accuracy

How accurate the rangefinder in question is should be considered as well. What it is important to note is that the further your shot is, the more accurate the rangefinder needs to be. This all has to do with simple physics and geometry.

At a close range, such as 100 or 150 yards, a small inaccuracy may not be a big deal. However, for a long shot, such as 1,000 yards, even a minor inaccuracy can lead to a total miss. Therefore, it is always recommended that you invest in a rangefinder that is as accurate as possible.

Cheaper models may be accurate to within ± 3 or 5 yards, which is OK for short distances. Yet, for long-distance shooting, such as for that 1,000 yard shot, you need a rangefinder that is accurate to within a single yard. Accuracy is key and it will make the difference between a good hit and a complete miss.

Portability

Although this is not as important as the previous factors we looked at, the size and weight, or in other words, the overall portability of the rangefinder is something worth looking into as well. If you are a tactical hunter or constantly on the move, something big and heavy is not going to be advantageous.

Simply put, you already have enough gear on you, which means that a large and heavy rangefinder is just going to add to your burden. That said, for the most part, a small, slim, and lightweight model is best, something that is not hard to carry and won’t attract much attention.

On the other hand, for stationary shooters hunting out of tree stands and blinds, a slightly larger and heavier unit won’t necessarily be a deal breaker.

Durability

The overall durability of the rangefinder should also be taken into account. Put it this way — when you go hunting, you will likely be on the move, through some nasty conditions too. This means that any gear, such as your rangefinder, needs to be able to stand up to tough conditions.

You should be able to drop the rangefinder on a rock or the ground, it should be able to get wet, and it should be shock resistant. It’s important to get a rangefinder that has a solid and rugged shell with a high level of impact resistance.

Moreover, any rangefinder worth the cost is going to be waterproof as well. Keep in mind that long-range rangefinders have a lot of fragile and sensitive components on the inside, glass and electronics, so a solid shell is required to keep those fragile components safe.

Magnification

Another important factor is how much the rangefinder magnifies the image when you look through it. Now, of course, some magnification is required — you need a magnified image if you want to get a clear image of that buck at 1,000 yards out.

Without some magnification, it will be like looking with your bare eyes, which is not possible past a couple hundred yards. What is recommended is a magnification rate of 7 to 10, which is ideal for long-range hunting, such as at a distance of 1,000 yards.

However, you really don’t want the rangefinder to magnify any more than 10x because if the image you see is far too magnified, following a target becomes increasingly difficult.

Let’s not forget that your own movements, such as just your breathing, will be far more noticeable with increased magnification. Something in the middle, such as magnification power of 7x is ideal for long-range shooting.

Angle Compensation

If you are hunting in hilly or mountainous terrain, you want to look for a rangefinder that comes with angle compensation features. If you are on higher ground than your target, a basic rangefinder won’t be able to compensate distance based on the angle, which can lead to a missed shot. Therefore, depending on your needs, you may want to look for a rangefinder that comes with both HCD and LOS modes for altitude and angle compensation.

Warranty

If you buy an expensive rangefinder, and yes, they can be quite pricey, especially for the highly accurate long-distance models, it would be great to find ne which comes with a great warranty. The initial investment can be quite high, and if something goes wrong with your unit, a good warranty is going to be a real lifesaver.

Types of Rangefinders

Before you go out and buy a rangefinder, let’s quickly talk about the three main types which are out there at this time.

Optical

Although optical rangefinders are old-school, and while they do not come with all the fancy features which modern types come with, they are still quite popular. The great thing about optical rangefinders is that they don’t require a power source, they are relatively affordable, and extremely simple to use as well.

The measuring process involves seeing two images, you turning a knob, and then getting a distance reading when the two images superimpose upon each other. A slight drawback with optical rangefinders is that they are accurate to within 90% to 95%. 90% accuracy is not going to cut it for long-distance shooting.

Laser

Laser rangefinders tend to be the most expensive of all, and it’s because they are fancy, can easily reach long distances, and tend to be very accurate too, to within as close as 99%. These work by firing a laser at the target and measuring how long it takes for that laser to reflect back.

Yes, they do need a clear line of sight and often don’t work well in harsh weather, such as fog or heavy rain. However, the great part about these models is that you don’t have to do any work, and moreover, they can take several readings per minute, thus allowing for maximum accuracy.

Infrared

The other type of rangefinder is the infrared rangefinder. They work much like laser rangefinders, but tend to be better for bad weather. They are a little less accurate than laser rangefinders, but more so than optical versions; the price is also somewhere in between those two.

Two Good Rangefinders for Long Range Shooting

We have reviewed two really nice and high-quality rangefinders for long-range shooting. We have selected models with the most high-quality features, the best accuracy, a high level of durability, and overall ease of use.

Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder

Here we have what is often considered one of the best laser rangefinders right now. First off, the Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder has a great operational range of 1,800 yards, which is no small feat. Moreover, this unit also has a great level of accuracy, being accurate to within ± 3 yards.

What’s also nice about this rangefinder is that it features a fairly large and lit display, one with adjustable brightness levels, making it easy to see in all light conditions.

The Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder comes with a scan feature, which allows you to pan across a landscape and receive continuous distance readings as you are following a target.  This unit comes with a primary HCD mode, which is more than ideal for hunting because it displays the angle compensated distance; in other words, it can calculate the distance from you to the target while keeping angle/slope in mind.

The Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder even comes with a highly advanced LOS mode, which allows you to calculate high-angle and long-distance shots with maximum precision and accuracy. The fact that this unit comes with three different modes is pretty awesome in itself.

However, that is not all, because this rangefinder also features a fully multi-coated lens designed to allow for maximum light transmission in all light conditions, so you can see with clarity even in very dim light.

What is also worth mentioning about the Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder is that it features a very rugged and solid outer shell, which is also waterproof. This means that it has a high level of impact resistance, and getting it wet won’t make a difference. Let’s not forget that this rangefinder comes with a removable utility clip, a lanyard, and it is tripod compatible as well.

Bushnell 202208 Michael Waddell Rangefinder

This is a much more basic rangefinder that does not have as many features as the one just reviewed, but it also costs less than half the price. It might not be the highest quality or most feature-heavy rangefinder, but it is affordable and it gets the job done just fine.

The Bushnell 202208 Michael Waddell Rangefinder has an operational range of 600 yards, which may not be the longest range out there, but still more than ideal for mid- to long-range shooting.

One of the benefits that comes with the Bushnell 202208 Michael Waddell Rangefinder is that it features a simple single button design. Simply look through it, press the button on top, and you will get the range from you to the target. What is quite impressive about this unit is that it features an accuracy level of ± 1 yard, which is about as good as it gets, especially for the fairly low price.

The Bushnell 202208 Michael Waddell Rangefinder comes with quality optics, maybe not the best for very low light conditions, but more than good enough to use on an average day and to see with great clarity.

The light transmission is not too bad. You may also like this particular rangefinder due to the fact that it is very lightweight and highly portable, not to mention that it also has a very durable outer shell. The nifty forest camo pattern comes in handy as well.

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Conclusion

The bottom line is that for long-distance shooting, a high-quality laser rangefinder with great distance, accuracy, and durability is what you need. A unit that can compensate for angles is also ideal, especially when hunting from an elevated position.

Just be sure to choose wisely.