Long gone are the days of Robin Hood with his leather arrow quiver on his back. Nowadays, your compound bow comes outfitted with professional mounting holes designed for not just bow sights, but also mounting quivers.
Quivers come in two varieties: the one piece or the two piece. One-piece quivers are common and can easily attach to a bow sight. Two-piece quivers, also called permanent quivers, can be mounted directly onto the bow riser.
In this article, we’ll go over selecting a quiver and mounting either type you choose. It’s relatively quick, and you only need an Allen wrench and about 10 or 15 minutes of your time.
Selecting a Quiver
Before you attach the quiver to the compound bow, you want to make sure you have the right type of quiver that fits the arrows that you’re shooting. Not all quivers are alike, which is a common misconception that many novice archers have. You don’t want to just buy one, only to discover it doesn’t work for you.
So, there are a few points to consider when selecting a quiver. To start, if you’re using expandable arrows, you’ll want a quiver that has two points of contact for securing the arrows. You’ll also want to modify the quiver by removing the foam from the quiver hood. Then, after you’ve placed the arrows in the quiver, you can simply slide them up and keep them open and loose within the hood. The hood covers all the blades without deploying them. For fixed-blade broadhead arrows and other types, you can keep the foam in the hood and they’d fit nicely with just one point of contact, rather than the two.
Quivers also come with different accessories, including hooks for wall or tree hanging. That’s because, especially during hunting in the field, you wouldn’t necessarily shoot the arrows with the quiver attached to the bow. You’d want to detach it and, rather than having it rest in the grass, it hangs on a tree. Quivers also come in a non-removable model.
With those differences explained and your selected quiver model, it’s time to attach it to your bow.
Before Attaching the Quiver
Before attaching the quiver, first determine what type of mounts your quiver has. Some have just one fixed mount that keeps it securely in place on the bow, while others are adjustable to move up and down the bow.
Also, you’ll want to make sure that, when the quiver is eventually attached, the hood of your quiver is even with the top limb of your bow; you don’t want the bottoms of the arrows hanging down beyond the lower bow limb because you’d run the risk of damaging or snapping arrows. Another point to keep in mind is that when resting the bow on the ground, your nocks would have the potential to become dirty or snag on other natural materials. That would create shooting problems. To prevent that, keep the quiver nice and high, with the bottom of the hood parallel to the top limb.
Attaching a Quiver to the Bow Sight
The one-piece detachable style quivers typically mount to the bow sight (looking for 3-pin bow sight or single pin bow sight?) , although some might also mount to the bow riser just like two-piece permanent quivers. These quivers only have one point of contact. These are the most common, so they’re easy to find and simple to mount as well. You will need an Allen wrench to attach it.
- Remove the mounting bracket from the quiver and place it over the mounting holes on the bow sight.
- Using an Allen wrench and the two included quiver screws, screw the mounting bracket to the bow sight. Make sure the screws are lined up and snug.
- With the quiver upright and lined up with the bow limb, slide it into the mounting bracket and tighten the locking bolt.
- The hood should be lined up with the limb and the quiver should be securely attached to the bow sight.
Attaching a Quiver to the Bow Riser
Not all two-piece quivers attach to every compound bow, so double check and make sure before purchasing. When you mount your two-piece quiver to the bow riser, that adds strength, durability, and stability for the quiver to stay in place. There’s two anchor points and it even helps your shooting by reducing vibrations.
The bow risers themselves have the accessory holes to mount your quiver. They could be either a round or triangular shape. Your two-piece quiver will come with its own fittings that go on both the front and back of the bow riser. It might also come with instructions for specific mounting. The following steps can help clarify the procedure.
- Start with the bottom of the 2-piece quiver. Holding your bow upright (or having a partner hold it), affix the hood to the top bow riser mounting hole. Use an Allen wrench to screw in the bolt. Place the other fitting on the other side of the bow riser and screw together. Tighten the bolt with the Allen wrench.
- Move to the bottom bow riser and locate the mounting hole for the second piece of the quiver. Place the mounting end into the mounting hole and, using the Allen wrench, screw the bolt in through the other side to hold it securely in place.
- Put the quiver on the mounting end and make sure it’s lined up with the hood on the top riser. Use the wrench to screw the bolt and attach the quiver in place.
- Insert an arrow into the hood and lay against the bottom to make sure both pieces of the quiver are lined up correctly and mounted correctly.
Now that your quiver of choice is attached, it’s time to fill it with arrows. Then, you’re ready to take your bow out to target practice or out on the trail.