With Archery Season around the corner and many indoor leagues starting soon, it’s easy to get caught up with excitement and anticipation. My original idea for this blog post was to break down archery equipment to the basics and how to maintain, adjust and repair. As I started to write, I thought lets go open my bow case and take an inventory of what I carry with me? Wow is all I can say, I didn’t think I had jammed that much stuff into that single case! Do I really need all of it? Heck yes! What if’s start to run through my mind. Like what if I am at the club shooting and my sight bar comes loose? What if my serving comes undone? What if my peep turns? What if I forget my finger tab? PANICK sets in. Relax Jay, you’re a pack rat and you know it, just keep telling yourself you need it all. Better to have than not to have.
As I pick up my target bow case and move it to a spot on the floor where I can open it up I think, darn this is heavy, not a good sign for what’s to follow. As I open the lid I remember the last time I used this equipment and why the case is so heavy. Not only is my target bow inside, I also have my Olympic recurve in there also. I don’t think anyone would argue with me that two dozen arrows in my target bow case is excessive, what if I “Robinhood” a couple on a single spot target? There are also a dozen arrows in my hip quiver for the recurve (side note justification different bow needs different arrows). The target bow is strapped in the case with target sight stored next to it, along with arm guard and finger tab. I will apologize to all the release shooters, but I tried them, never liked them. I like the feel of the string on my fingers. Plus side to this is if I lose my finger tab I can still shoot my bow, which has happened more than once while in the tree stand. There is a tube of bow string wax, used to keep my sting and cables from fraying and lubricated. I carry a couple bobbins loaded with fast flight and another with serving to repair or tying in peeps, d-loops or serving.
A pair of knocking pliers and a few knocking points are in a small case along with a bow square that over the year has many scribed marks on it for different bows set ups of various people I shoot with. I keep my stabilizer stored in my hip quiver a nice 10 inch x-ring, I have had it for years. The single most important tool I have in my case is a set of metric and imperial Allen keys. Every archer should know what these are and how to use them. From changing limb poundage to adjusting your sights and rest these are a necessity. I think this is leading to a future blog about setting up and tuning your bow. Stay tuned and remember share the outdoors with your kids. There is so much for them to see.
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