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Offline Kenneth

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Lighter bow for cold weather?
« on: January 11, 2022, 05:47:37 pm »
Is it just my poor shooting or does the cold make shooting harder? I just got out of the woods. Didnít see any deer which is a good thing cause I shot at a hay bale with my numb hands and the first shot was absolute trash. I felt like I was struggling with the bow. Maybe Iíll take a lighter like 45-50 pound bow out in the cold so itís easier

Offline WhistlingBadger

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Re: Lighter bow for cold weather?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 06:07:50 pm »
Extreme cold can add some weight to a bow; how much depends on how cold it is, and probably on the specific bow.  I have a devil of a time getting a clean release with numb fingers.  Try getting some convertable/flap mittens.  That's about the only thing that will work for me when it's really cold.
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Offline Pappy

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Re: Lighter bow for cold weather?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 06:11:29 pm »
Ya you muscles get cold and stiff and the bow feels heaver, it is a struggle to shoot after a long cold set in the woods. Doing some calisthenics and drawing your bow once in a while can and as you said a lighter bow couldnít hurt. Pappy 
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Offline Kenneth

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Re: Lighter bow for cold weather?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 09:28:47 am »
I will have to get those mittens I saw them at Ollieís. I should try moving around and drawing my bow some too. This morning two deer came up twenty yards they were upwind but I had another downwind snorting and blowing just after it was light enough to see so the other deer were alerted. I just raised my bow and waited but they never came any closer and twenty yards is way too far and with how frozen my hands were it seemed like a 100 yard shot.

Offline Strelets

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Re: Lighter bow for cold weather?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2022, 09:19:24 am »
Cold very definitely increases the draw weight of a wooden bow, and yew is much more prone to this than hardwoods. See this previous thread:,67204.msg945765.html#msg945765

I have summer and winter bows for this reason. To make matters worse, muscles get weaker in the cold while the bow is getting stronger.

Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: Lighter bow for cold weather?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2022, 03:10:13 pm »
I think its a good Idea,,
also practice your first shot at home too,,
sometimes I draw my bow during hunting if I getting to stiff,,