PSE’s Emily Anderson- So Ladies… Bow Selection for Female Archers
By Emily Anderson
As a female archer, there are plenty of options now available that previously were not for women. As more and more women enter the sport of archery, bows are being developed to fit specifically for a woman’s frame. Typically, women have shorter draw lengths, smaller grips, and usually pull less weight. I’m thrilled to see bows that now take these things into consideration for female shooters.
It is critical to make sure that the bow you select fits you correctly. I know that I am guilty of initially wanting to make a bow selection purely based on cosmetic features. And now that bows also have slick names and color choices designed to entice the female buyer, it makes it hard to pay attention to the truly non-aesthetic details.
When considering which bow to buy, keep the following in mind…
1. Grip – How does the bow feel in your hand? Is the grip too big? Too small?
2. Draw Length – If you aren’t sure what your draw length is, visit a local archery shop where they can measure it for you. You want to make sure you find this out prior to purchasing your bow because bows are specifically made for different draw lengths. There is usually an adjustment option available, but there is only so much leeway.
3. Draw Weight – How many pounds can you pull? The draw weight can also be adjusted on bows, but only so much. Make sure that you are buying a bow that you are able to pull back consistently. When the moment of truth occurs and an animal is closing the distance, the last thing you want to happen is to have a bow you are not comfortable pulling back – and being able to HOLD at full draw.
4. Carrying weight – This is one factor that could easily be overlooked. Yes, a bow may feel manageable at the store, but once you start adding on a stabilizer, quiver with arrows, etc., it can all of the sudden feel pretty heavy carrying through the woods. This is especially important if you are planning on hiking through the mountains for extended periods of time.
So, ladies, my question to you is… what was the deciding factor when purchasing your bow? Or are you still shopping?
Emily Anderson’s hunting journey began shortly after she got married. She enjoys the passions for the outdoors, hunting and fishing as a team with her husband. She established www.FromTheDraw.com as a way to share her stories as a female hunter. Emily lives in Colorado and is currently on an Elk hunt. She is now a PSE Staff Blogger and will be posting daily about her experiences and views on archery and hunting.