This seems like a good time to put together a list of essential archery accessories for bowhunters. But archery season is over for most of us, so why now?
I’m a big advocate for bowhunting gear around Christmas time. Not just because I bow hunt and like gifts, although that is true. The main reason is that getting some awesome bowhunting accessories for Christmas is more likely to get you outside practicing again in the first half of the new year.
In fact, I frequently write to encourage fellow bowhunters to get out and practice more because I know it can be challenging, especially in the winter months…and also Spring and Summer if you fish.
So there is fishing, and travel, and days that are too hot or cold, and other days that are too nice. All this combined with seasonal laziness (just speaking for myself) can make it tough to pull out the bow and get in some target practice.
Get Motivated With New Gear
It may not be true for everyone, but new archery gear is motivating for me. Even something as small as new arrow fletchings will get me outside shooting.
I also understand some bowhunters being hesitant to try out new gear. Maybe you’ve been hunting with the same rig for years. You know it and it works. I get that.
My first compound bow was an old family hand me down that weighed just shy of 100 pounds. But I knew it and I loved it. I was accurate with it and I had no interest in changing. Then one year I shot a deer and perhaps from the excitement, I forgot to take my bow out of the truck when I got home.
Can you guess what happened?
Yep… Someone broke into my truck and stole it.
I was lost. It’s not just replacing the bow. You also have to replace the sight, the rest, the release, the arrows. It took some time to get a feel for new gear, but eventually I did. And it turns out, most of the new gear was better than my old stuff anyway.
There isn’t really a point or lesson to my story, except never leave your bow in your vehicle overnight.
I mainly want to encourage you to practice more and some new gear can really motivate you to do that.
Buying Archery Gear For Someone Else
Here are a few tips if you are thinking about buying archery gear for someone else. You may be looking for gift ideas for a friend or family member who bow hunts but you don’t know much about it. Don’t worry!
My wife doesn’t know much about it either. But, over the last ten years, she had employed a great strategy when looking for gifts outside of her areas of expertise. She asks people who know.
Ask For Recommendations From Family And Friends Who Bowhunt.
First, she will ask a friend I bow hunt with frequently. This should be your number one stop if possible because hunting friends usually have a decent knowledge of the gear they are using.
If this doesn’t pan out you can talk to the one you are wanting to buy for. Of course, if you never talk to them about their bow hunting gear they may get suspicious. But this isn’t always a bad thing. Personally, I don’t mind sacrificing surprise to get something I want.
In general, archery gear is specific to the person. In other words, each archer has equipment they prefer and perform better with. Every year they are coming out with new archery equipment.
While newer is not always better, there is some archery gear that really stands out. Here is a list of some of these “stand out” bowhunting accessories that you (or the bowhunter in your family) should try out today.
8 Essential Bowhunting Accessories
I’m only recommending arrows for practice. Arrow used for hunting can be quite spendy and archers can be picky about what they hunt with.
Still, losing or damaging a high dollar arrow makes you feel a little sick to the stomach not to mention the hit to the pocketbook.
Side note: I first purchased these arrows to begin target practice for the year. I didn’t know my bowsight had slipped way up and my first shot ricocheted off the dirt and sailed up over the target and into a field of super tall grass. I laughed to myself a little because loosing an arrow the first time you shoot it is ridiculous. I would not have been laughing if it was an expensive arrow.
In the spirit of this article, YOU NEED TO PRACTICE MORE! This means getting outside earlier this next year and letting the arrows fly.
My first choice for good, affordable practice arrows is Tiger Archery Predator Carbon arrows.
- Material: Carbon
- Length: 30″
- Full Length:31.5″
- Spine: 500
- GPI: 13.0 grain
- Shaft diameter: Outer 7.85mm Inner 6.2mm
- Weight: About 35g each
These are quality arrows at a good price. These are great for practice but many archers also hunt with them. They have also had a lot of great reviews. One issue I think new archers have relates to some of the arrow inserts being loose. Many arrows are sold without inserts in case the shaft needs to be cut to a different length.
The reality is that factory glue on arrow inserts is often not great. Regardless of what arrows you are using, my advice is to buy some gorilla glue like this and be ready to glue your own inserts, then you don’t have the issue anymore. It’s an easy fix.
Targets aren’t necessarily fun to buy but they are essential for bowhunters. Well-made targets can last quite a few years but practicing more means going through targets faster.
Some archers have a hard time spending money on targets since it is just something you shoot at. They opt for the cheapest targets available which are little more than stuffed bags. Never mind the arrows going through on every other shot.
Here is a maxim to live by-
poor quality gear ends up costing you more in the long run.
Targets are a good example of this. The targets I recommend aren’t the cheapest or the most expensive, but they are the best quality.
Recommended Field Point Target
Without a doubt, the best field point bag target isn’t the typical bag at all. For years I had the conventional 2 sided bag target and a block for broadheads. I always wondered why they didn’t make a 4 sided field point target.
Morrell finally did. The Morrell 131 Double Duty 450 FPS Field Point Archery Bag Target.
Recommended 3-D Archery Target
You may also be in the market for 3-D archery target. These are a great investment for bowhunters and they can be a big help for accuracy. 3D archery targets let you shoot from elevated positions and at angles which is crucial for making a good shot when it counts.
The best 3D target is the GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target. This target is awesome! This target has the body of 200 pound buck and stands 34 inches at the shoulders. The best part about this target is the replaceable 4-sided core.
Not only does this extend the life of the target, you can also just replace the core when it finally quits stopping arrows. Being able to replace the cor