Recurve Bow Hunting: 8 Tips to Know

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The recurve bow seems to have been invented by Mongolian soldiers to allow them to shoot from the back of a horse. The bow was short, and it allowed the soldiers to shoot from both sides. Since that time the recurve bow, although mostly the same, has gone through several improvements. We will outline a few advantages that you can use to improve your recurve bow hunting skills.

Benefits of the recurve bow


The recurve bow offers a hunter more versatility than the long bow. It is easy to transport as most have a takedown feature. It is small and can achieve a high draw weight on a shorter arm pull, unlike the long bow.

Kind to Your Arms

Bows demand a lot of upper body strength,  so a long bow which demands more pulling for more power, will exact more pressure on your arms. Sometimes beginners will have their arms ache for days. The recurve bow is smaller and generally, demands less strength than a long bow.

Take down

Most hunters prefer recurve bows with the take down feature because they are easy to transport and safer around a family with children. The take down feature also makes it possible to exchange the limbs and essentially enhance performance, under special circumstances where you need more precision.

Take-down Recurve or not?Recurve bow 0020

When you are shopping for a recurve bow the first thing to know is whether you want a take-down or not. A take-down recurve bow is the type of bow that, when you unstring it, you can separate the two limbs from the riser. Why should you buy a recurve?

  • They are easier to transport than one-piece bows. When you take down the bow, you require less space, and it is safer because it takes time to set it up again.
  • The recurve bow is also very easy to repair. If one part breaks, you can easily replace it instead of buying a new bow altogether.
  • These bows are very beginner-friendly. This is because they are very flexible and can allow you to adjust your draw weight.
  • The draw weight of a bow is determined by how stiff the limbs are, and since take down bows are adjustable it means that their draw weights are very adjustable. So you can buy certain limbs, and their draw weight may equate to 30 pounds. Then you can buy a new set of limbs later whose draw weight will be 40 pounds.

Tips to Consider When Buying a Recurve Bow

1) The Use

When purchasing a recurve bow, you must decide whether you are buying it for hunting or buying it for target practice. If the bow is for target practice, then your options are less limited. You will have to choose among the best bows available so that you can sharpen your skills faster. However, there are things you have to keep in mind such as draw weight and your upper body strength. The best advice is to start small with bows that demand less power and graduate to more powerful bows as you will build more strength.

When you are planning on recurve bow hunting, you need to be very specific when choosing your bow. The draw weight is the principal parameter that decides whether a recurve bow is suitable for hunting or not.  The higher the draw weight, the more powerful the bow will be. When hunting you want a powerful bow that will release the arrow further with more velocity so that you can get your prey.

A target practice bow does not need as much power but everyone will have their own preference.  It’s good to keep in mind that at some point you may want to take it hunting.  So regardless if this is just for target practice, we recommend you buy one that has the power to take hunting as well.

2) Draw weight

As explained before this is the primary determinant of the use of the bow you will buy. If you are purchasing a recurve bow primarily for target practice then you will probably be fine with a bow with less draw weight, maybe less than 40 pounds. But if you are buying a bow for hunting the draw weight should not be less than 40 lbs. In order to kill large animals, you will have to draw 40 pounds or more. The nice thing about the take down option is that you can always upgrade.  If you are unsure go with an option around 40 lbs and when the time comes you can always move up in draw weight. Also, some US states have laws restricting minimum draw weights used for hunting, so check these with your local DNR.

3) Draw length

This helps determine the power of the bow along with draw distance. It is also unique depending on your wingspan. Be sure your bow draw length is equal to your wingspan divided by 2.5 for the best fit. You want your bow to be strong and powerful, which depends on draw weights and lengths. The more FPS the arrow can cover, the better. Higher FPS’s can allow for slightly higher distances.  Bow hunting in general is usually a short distance affair, so any extra distance you can get on your shot will help.

4) Weight of the Bow

Always remembers that if you are purchasing a hunting bow, you will need to not only carry it throughout the hunting session but also hold it in front of you. This means that the actual weight of the bow is crucial to consider. Most recurve bows weigh between 2 to 4 pounds, and this means that they are very light. The lighter, the better. If you are not sure what’s comfortable, it’s better go for a bow that is 3 pounds or lighter.

5) Noise

Hunting with recurve bowUnlike the compound bow, there aren’t as many moving parts, so rattle and vibration is usually at a minimum. A good analogy is golf.  When you hit the ball right, you can just tell by the sound that it’s going to be a good shot.  With a bow, paying attention to the ambient noise is important.

When you’re buying a hunting bow you should always consider the noise it makes when you let off. If the bow is too loud, then there is a possibility that you will alert the animals you are supposed to hunt. You’ll want to buy the most silent one for hunting, but you can always buy string dampeners to silence your bow if it’s too noisy.

6) Bow length

The rule of thumb is that when it comes to buying a bow, its length should be double that of the draw length. If the draw length is 25″ then the recurve bow should be 50″ or more. The longer the bow, the more accurate it is, so always go for the most accurate bows if your body can handle it.

7) Accessories

This is a major thing you have to consider when buying a bow. Some bows come pre-drilled for attachments, while other bows are pretty solid and you cannot add any accessories to them. Do you want a bow sight on your bow? Then buy a bow that will allow you to add a scope. Most traditional hunters prefer no sight accessories on their bows because they have developed their sight experiences over the years. But if you are a beginner then you can decide to add it to help you with your accuracy levels.

8) Arrows to Buy

The first thing you need to do is determine your draw length. And like we mentioned above, just spread your arms wide and measure the distance between the middle fingers in each hand and drive the length by 2.5, that is your draw length. So if you measured that the arm distance is 70 inches, and you divide it by 2.5, then your draw length is 28. So to determine the length of you arrow you just need to add one or two inches to your draw length and you will know the length, of the arrow you should buy.  Always remember that when hunting you need heavier arrows than for target practice. The heavier the arrow, the more the momentum it carries, so it will achieve greater penetration.

You should also consider the arrowheads on your arrows. Your arrowheads should always be sharp if you are going hunting. Buy the best metal broad heads for hunting. For target practice, however, you can use field tips and have no issues.  Just make sure to practice with the broad heads prior to shooting because their will be a slight weight difference.



Recurve bows are a very particular kind of bow. In most competitions like the Olympics, they are the only type of bow allowed for archery. For hunting, you need a bow that is light, easy to carry and sturdy enough. Recurve bows are very suitable for this. With the best information available, you will be able to choose the best bow for you.  Recurve bows favor beginners because they are so light, very flexible when it comes to draw weight, and very easy to learn. There are bow enthusiasts who prefer recurve bows over other bows because they incorporate the traditional bow features with modern technologies. If you are a beginner, then recurve bows are a good place to start.

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