Author: Greg Tubbs
Co-Host of the Where to Hunt Podcast and Avid Outdoorsman
How do we get started?
If you truly want to go through this process the right way. It will require some major effort on your part. Starting with your bow being completely in spec. With a compound bow, there’s a few things that need attention.
Your bow has got to be in tune!
First and foremost. The cam timing must be set perfectly. If one of the cams is rotating around before the other. Your arrow won’t leave the bow properly. This may be happening already and you don’t even know it! Some how, you may be compensating for it with another adjustment in your sight or your rest. Cam lean can also create issues with flight. A good archery shop will be able to go through your rig and get it all back to spec. They may even recommend replacing the string and cables. If they do. This will add another step to the process.
New strings on a compound bow require a break-in period. Most require around 200 shots or so to stretch them out. Currently I am dealing with this part of the process. My Mathews, Halon 32 is four seasons old with thousands of shots through it and one derailment of the string. It’s due for replacement before something happens.
A trip to the archery shop is needed!
After you get through the break-in process. Have your bow set to the draw weight you want to shoot and keep it there! Get your rest centered. If you shoot a drop away rest. Make sure it’s in time along with the cams. This is all necessary for absolutely perfect arrow flight. I know… This seems like an awful lot of effort to go shoot some deer. If you want to have perfect arrow flight. This is a major part of the process. Spring is the time to do this! After your bow is back into spec. It’s time to start tuning the ammunition.