The bows, arrows and so forth used in hunting are somewhat different from those found in competitive archery. In addition to a bow fitted with quiver, stabilizer, arrow rest, sight and the arrows fitted with broadheads, camouflage clothing is also an important part of an archer's equipment.
There are 2 types of bows. The compound bow that is equipped with cams or pulleys or the traditional bow without cams. As a hunter you will need to make a conscious choice as to what type of bow suits your hunting style.
The compound bow is a bow that is made of aluminum or carbon and through a system of pulleys ensures that approximately only 20% of the total draw force remains when it is drawn and tensioned. These bows, when properly adjusted, are very accurate. They are most commonly used for hunting. These compound bows are usually equipped with sight, arrow rest, stabilizer and an arrow quiver. They exist in less conspicuous colors and also in all types of camouflage. They are also equipped with sound dampening extras to make the bow as quiet as possible.
The traditional bow is a bow that can be made from wood, laminate, carbon or aluminum and has no cams or pulleys. . There are different types, such as recurve, longbow, selfbow, horsebow, etc. These bows can consist of one or more parts and can be taken apart or put together. These bows are shot instinctively and require much more advanced practice than compound bows. These types of bows are also usually not equipped with a sight.
The hunting arrow.
This is one of the most important components combined with a properly tuned bow. All arrows will need to be tuned (with) the parameters of your bow such as draw weight and draw length. Hunting arrows are primarily made of aluminum or carbon or a combination of both. Most arrow manufacturers have an online calculator to determine which arrows you need. All arrows have a certain weight per inch and a stiffness or spine. This should always be matched to the bow you are shooting.
The practice point.
These arrow points are used to practice with your hunting bow on a target, 3D or otherwise. These practice points or field points always have the same weight as the broadheads you will use while hunting.
These are the arrowheads that may be used for legal hunting. We can divide them into 3 groups.
The blunt. This is a hunting point without cutting edges. Mandatory use for feathered game in flight (in combination with fluflu feathers) or small game species such as rabbit.
The fixed broadhead. This is a broadhead with 2 or more fixed cutting edges. This hunting point is used for larger game species such as roe, wild boar, deer, African antelope......
The mechanical broadhead or hunting point. This is a hunting point equipped with 2 or more moving cutting surfaces in the closed position that will open during impact. These hunting points are usually used for medium game species such as roe deer and wild boar.
Any FBA member who needs help purchasing equipment or has questions related to this can contact our instructors at any time.
Since hunting with bow and arrow is performed at a very short distance from the game, good camouflage is very important. Adaptation to all possible weather conditions is also crucial. Breaking up the human silhouette is what should be considered when choosing the camouflage pattern. Larger spot patterns will break up the human form better than 3D or photo prints. Dressing in layers will make you more prepared when the weather changes. Custom footwear can also help with noiseless approaches to wildlife.
The rangefinder or rangefinder.
Especially compound shooters who shoot with a sight with several pins benefit from measuring distances electronically. It significantly reduces the chances of misfiring or worse, injury. If you don't have a rangefinder, you can learn to estimate distances and determine in advance where you will be hunting from.
This is a chair that allows you to climb trees with straight trunks. It is a portable hunting chair or mirador that can be moved depending on where the game is. The big advantage is that from a height you have a better view of the environment and especially, you are out of the sensory zone of the game. This allows you to better prepare for a shot and be freer to move, without being noticed.