How to Choose a Bow


Our Approach

We’ll assess your physical size, form and experience level to zero in on the perfect bow. Our decades of combined hunting and fishing experience enable us to help you choose the right equipment for conditions as well.

Many factors come into play when choosing a bow. Our expert staff takes the following into account when making this important decision:

  • Are you right- or left-handed?
  • What is your dominant eye for aiming at your target?
  • What is your draw length? We’ll also help you achieve good form for proper measuring.
  • Under what conditions will use your bow most often? Are you more likely to be found at our indoor archery range or in a tree stand in 20-degree weather?


A relatively new invention, the compound bow is generally smaller than other types of bows. This is the most common bow type, possibly due to its accuracy and penetrating power. The bow can be kept at full draw until you’re ready to release, making it a great choice for hunting elusive prey. The compound bow is used most often for hunting, but is also suitable for target shooting.


This powerful bow type is shorter than a longbow. Its limbs curve inward at the center and outward at the tips. Less strength is required to use a recurve bow, making it a good choice for beginners. It’s suitable for both hunting and target shooting.


This classic bow has been around since at least medieval times, and possibly even dates back to prehistoric times. As its name suggests, this bow is approximately as long as the archer is tall. The longbow is well-suited to both hunting and target shooting.


Like the longbow, this is an ancient bow type. Used in ancient warfare, it can be aimed like a rifle and offers better accuracy than many other bows. Crossbows provide superior speed as well.