Investing in a high-quality compound bow can increase your chances of a successful hunt or hitting the target in a shooting range. However, the efficiency of your compound bow and its longevity will largely depend on how you store it. Proper storage will keep it shooting with high efficiency like a new bow. Also, proper storage will prevent any accidental damage. Several shooters and hunters end up buying new compound bows for failing to store them properly. In this article, you’ll learn how to store a compound bow properly.
Storing Your Compound Bow
When not shooting or hunting, you’re more likely to store your compound bow at home. The kind of home environment you store your bow matters a lot. First of all, you should always store your bow in a climate-controlled environment. The storage area should be neither too cold nor too hot. That way, the bowstring won’t stretch.
It’s also worth noting that a compound bow should never be kept in highly humid areas or areas prone to moisture. For instance, you shouldn’t keep your bow in outdoor sheds since such areas are highly prone to humidity and moisture. If you store your compound in an area that has moisture, the limbs can warp upon absorbing moisture. When the limbs are warped, you’ll find it hard to hit targets when shooting arrows. To make matters worse, moisture can cause metallic parts of your compound bow to rust. Consequently, rust can cause metallic components of your bow to wear out, malfunction, and eventually demand costly replacement.
Whenever you store your compound bow, avoid storing it in such a way that one limb supports the entire weight of your bow. Although leaning it that way for a short while can’t be a major concern, storing it that way for long can cause the limb to twist.
Some of the best ways of storing a compound bow at home include bow cases and compound bow wall hangers.
How to Store a Compound Bow in a Bow Case
A bow case is a great storage option for your precious compound bow. A bow case is especially ideal for storing a bow when traveling. It keeps the bow protected from damage that may occur when accidentally dropped on hard surfaces or when knocked against hard surfaces such as concrete walls and floors. Thus, storing your compound bow in a bow case will ensure that it reaches your home or shooting range without getting damaged.
Bow cases are available as either hard cases or soft cases. Soft bow cases are lighter than hard bow cases. Soft cases are great for protecting a compound bow from dents and scratches. It also keeps your hunting gear well organized. You can find a soft case that’s rated for air travel while others are suitable for road travel.
On the other hand, hard bow cases offer more protection than soft cases. Most of them are also ideal for air travel. Some of them feature wheels that enhance portability. Some hard cases can be locked for enhanced safety. However, they’re heavier than soft bow cases.
If you’re traveling in a car with your bow, avoid storing the bow in a bow case for prolonged periods in a hot car. Excessive heat can stretch the bowstring. If you must keep it in your car for some hours, preferably park the car in a shaded area.
Also, if your compound bow has been rained on while shooting, remember to wipe it dry before storing it in a bow case. Doing so will prevent metallic components from rusting.
When choosing a bow case for your compound bow, ensure it’s of the right size. It should be strong enough and meet your traveling needs. If it’s too big, your bow won’t be held inside tightly. If it’s too small, your bow may be squeezed and get damaged.
How to Hang a Compound Bow
You can hang a compound bow with compound bow hangers such as bow racks, wall pegs, or hooks. To start with, bow racks allow you to hang a compound bow safely. Bow racks can be mounted on the wall and feature dowel rods or hooks from which you hang the bow.
Wall pegs or hanging pegs are other great options for hanging your compound bow. Hanging pegs are mounted in a way that they’re spaced to ensure that each peg supports half the bow’s weight. You can also use bike hooks and guitar hangers as compound bow hangers.
If you’re practicing in a shooting range that doesn’t have compound bow wall hangers, consider using a bow stand. You can carry a portable bow stand with you to keep your bow off the ground. If you keep it on the ground, it can get damaged when stepped on accidentally.
When hanging your bow, always avoid hanging it by the strings. Hanging it by the strings can weaken them and shorten your bow’s life. Also, hang your bow horizontally rather than vertically. The frame should always carry your bow’s weight when hanged, such that you should hang it upside down. You can also hang it by the cams to prevent pressure on sensitive bow components. By keeping this guide in mind, you’ll keep your compound bow in its best condition for many years to come.