Making sure your BOW is ready for archery season
Archery season is just around the corner and many hunters are counting the days until they can climb into a stand hoping to bag a big buck early. Trail cameras are out, shooting lanes have been cleared and there is even a space for your expected mount. But have you made sure your bow is ready?
The key to being successful in any hunt is making your shot count and that will only happen if your bow is in tip top shape. Even if you bow was operating like new last season that was probably months ago. In the time that as elapsed it has more than likely sat in its case, maybe stored in the garage or other area without climate control. Each of these benign situations – sitting unused or in varying temperatures –can result in damage to limbs, strings or cams. While most issues can be resolved easily others could result in serious failures or even injury. To avoid potential breakdown or injury you should check your bow completely prior to use, or have an inspected done by your local proshop.
Start your inspection with the limbs. While this is the least likely area for sudden problems without previous damage, it is also an area where failure can be both catastrophic and dangerous. Look for any signs of damage such as bubbles, cracks or splinters. If any potential damage is discovered immediately stop using the bow and have it inspected by a qualified technician.
Next step is to make sure your strings and cables are up to snuff. The same heat that can damage the limbs is equally dangerous to the strings and cables. Run you fingers along each feeling for frays, broken strands or nicks. Ensure the string is still aligned properly by checking the alignment of your peep sight, if there is a problem it is possible there are further problems with either axel to axel length or brace height. If everything is fine do not forget to wax the string, something you should also do throughout the season.
Another critical area is the cams. Damage to the cams or even string stretch can result in mis-timed cam rotation which manifests in poor arrow flight, misaligned peep sights or nocking points. Damage to cams needs to be addressed by a professional at your proshop, string stretch is easy if you know what to do by can also be fixed at the proshop.
Finally you want to give the whole bow a once over looking for loose or rusted bolts, loose or worn accessories or anything which may have shifted out of alignment. Most of these potential issues can be addressed quickly and easily with a wrench, screwdriver and can of lubricant.
Will a little time, some basic knowledge and an eye for detail minor problems can be addressed early avoiding a possible season ending failure.
Good lcuk, good hunting!