The popularity of bow hunting and archery cannot be questioned, and if you are one of these enthusiasts, then it is important for you to choose the right equipment. Many hunters and archers choose the recurve bow which has been the popular choice for centuries now.
Recurve bows come in two types and both are ideal for bow hunting and archery. More experienced archers and hunters choose the traditional recurve bow over the modern compound bow. You will understand why they choose the traditional recurve bow if you know why. These people want to use their bows naturally without any technological assistance. This way, your shooting skills will be used and this makes it more challenging than simply relying on technology. Technology can give much help to bow hunters and archers and if you want this help, then the modern compound bow is for you.
Hand preference is very important when choosing a recurve bow. Right hand or left hand; the question is which hand do you prefer to use for shooting? With a right hand preference, you also use the right hand shooting method where you hold the bow with your left hand and draw the bowstring with your right. So if you are using the right hand method, it is also your right eye that aims at the target. Obviously, the left hand shooting technique simply reverses the right hand technique. Aiming with the left eye is the usual way for this method. If you aim with the eye opposite your dominant hand, then you are cross dominant.
Draw length is also something that needs to be considered when choosing a recurve bow. If you fully draw your bowstring, then this distance to the front of the bow is the draw length. A quick way of estimating the draw length is by using your height or the length of your arm span from the fingertips of one hand to the fingertips of the other hand, and whatever the length you get from this is divided by 2.5 and this gives you the draw length.
The last consideration when choosing the right recurve bow for your needs is the draw weight. When determining your draw weight, an important thing to note is that it should suit your body type and the style of shooting that you do. You measure draw weight in terms of force needed to drawn the bowstring to full length. The ideal draw weight will allow you to draw back the bowstring at full length for only a few seconds. Adding more weight to your bow is necessary if you are able to hold the bowstring at full length for a very long time.