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What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

There are two important factors when bowmaking: Flexibiliy, i.e. how easy the wood is to bend Strength, i.e. how much force you can put into the wood before it breaks. If you are just interested in ...
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The bow's length and its influence

I know that bow length needs to match the draw length mostly because you lose precision if overdrawing it as soon as the string stop touching the limbs and just hold on the tips, string can swing ...
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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?

If you're simply looking for a bag to transport your bow in, then go shopping for a compound bow bag. There is a large selection of bags available. If you're specifically looking to invest in a ...
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How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?

Back when I learned to build my own bows a guy in the club I belonged to used just a ledge and a baggie of lead weights (tire balancing stuff). I suppose you could reproduce it "in the wild" hanging ...
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How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?

(First of all: I'm not used to the english words here.) I think tillering trees refere to the contraptiosn you do mount on walls / something standing upright, using a string and a pulley. But you can ...
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Is stringing a recurve without a stringer damaging to the bow?

You can string a recurve by bracing it on your foot. For casual shooting it is okay but I would advise against it. While it can twist the limbs, the actual issue is the uneven stress on the screws / ...
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Should compound bows be unstrung when not shooting?

As far as I know, the only time you need to unstring your compound bow is when you're replacing the string, or doing some other repair. If you have an older compound bow that's made from laminated ...
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What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

When I was a kid I repeatedly made simple bows from hazel trees/shrubs. The main advantage here is that it grows in very handy, more or less uniformly thick branches that are very appropriate in size ...
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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?

It seems that your question is about efficacy of the method. I'm not a bow fishermen, but I know that some plankton feeders, such as the asian carp and the silver carp will not easily take a lure or a ...
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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?

Bow fishing is a sportsmanship hobby like any other. If you like the idea of bow fishing, then try it. If you like the idea of rod and reel fishing, then try it. Which is better? Well, you can only ...
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How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?

To answer your question, I can refer to this answer on this question. Check out point 5: 5. Tillering Hang the bow up horizontally on a branch or piece of scrap wood by the handhold. Now ...
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What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

In the US southwest, Juniper was commonly used by native peoples. I've heard it said that one can still find living Juniper trees around the southwest that have apparent 'slices' taken out of them ...
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How to store a bow?

It all depends on the bow. I'll run through the three most common. For a recurve. Never left strung and detach the limbs. My personal superstition is make sure the top and bottom bolts always go in ...
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What's the point of stringdampers in 3D shooting

It comes down to a few things. Some people like adding things to their bows. If it can fit on it they will have it. I once saw someone using a recurve with 9 stabilisers. Others like to pretend they ...
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Does a BCY 425x string harm my tradtional recurve bow?

it really depends on the bow tips and whether they are reinforced or not. If it's a 2013 model, I suspect that it is fine. Look at the tips, and if there is a 'reinforcement', as in if it has extra ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

While an answer shows that takedown compounds have existed in the past, it's almost certain that they will never return. Instead, hunting compounds have opted to go for very short ATA(Axle to axle) ...
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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?

It's a form of hunting. Shoot a rabbit or snare it? Rod fishing you are luring a fish into a trap, bow fishing you are actively hunting. Some say you need an entire new kit but all you really need ...
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What happens when compound bow limbs fail?

The forces are really trying to pull the ends of the bow forward. The bow string is not elastic and so does not store energy. The end of the bow may snap back and hit you uncomfortably, but it's not ...
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Is stringing a recurve without a stringer damaging to the bow?

This picture shows the proper technique for stringing a recurve bow without stringer. (In @Charlie Fishers link this is called the Step-Through Method.) It's what all the people in my archery club ...
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Is stringing a recurve without a stringer damaging to the bow?

I always take a few moments when stringing to make sure the stringer and bow are as in line and level as possible before actually pulling up. From the position I'm normally in while stringing it often ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

Here's an old video of a Fred Bear Borsalino take-Down compound bow being taken down and put back together. There is also a Fred Bear TRX 32 take-down compound bow on ebay. I didn't see any of these ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

Possibly, but I highly doubt it. The thing is that it's not that easy to restring a compound bow and most people would probably pay someone else to do it for them. Recurve bows are much easier to ...
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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?

You have a couple of options, A soft case for your bow, put the bow inside the case and strap the whole thing to your backpack. A bow case with backpack straps. A bow case with a padded shoulder ...
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Minimum arrow weight of a Bear Archery Grizzly bow

Most recurves and selfbows I have shot behave best with an arrow that is close to or at 10GPP. My definition of behave though is related to performance related to hunting - I want a heavier arrow to ...
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What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

In the Canadian prairies saskatoon and choke cherry trees were used to make bows by the first nations.
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