How to Choose the Best Survival Bow The Survival Bow Buyers Guide.pdf
Since this bow needs to be usable for hunting, the best guide to picking a bow powerful
enough to suit your needs is to check with the local regulations on hunting weight. For
anything smaller than a deer, most states are somewhere between 35 and 40-pound draw.
Bear, Elk, and other larger game will commonly be 50.
This probably seems pretty weak, especially if you have read of the legendary English war
bows pulling upwards of 100 pounds but those bows were never meant for hunting. The
average Native American bow pulled somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds and they killed
bison with those things!
Be mindful that traditional bows will be sold with measurements like 45lbs @ 28”. That
indicates the sweet spot for performance. If you draw less than 28” the bow will not shoot at
45lbs. If you draw farther than 28” you may be putting additional stress on bow that will shorten
the lifespan or possibly cause a failure that will be immediate and quite dramatic.
As a personal recommendation, the best survival bows will have a draw weight around 45lbs.
This will be plenty strong enough to hunt with and should be easy enough to make shooting for
practice a pleasurable experience with no torn rotator cuffs.
Choosing the Material and Accessories for Your Survival Bow
Material considerations for a bow are probably mostly aesthetic and down to personal
preference. Almost all modern bows will have limbs made of fiberglass with wood laminations.
The handle area may be made of aluminum, plastic, wood, or a combination of these
materials. Consider your environment. Lighter colored materials and woods may not be the
best choice for a hunting implement, deer have amazing eyesight.
Much like compound bows, many recurves have attachment points for sights and quivers.
There is nothing wrong with either of these options if they suit your needs. Most likely the bow
you get will have these as options whether you choose to use them or not.
Bow quivers are handy but do add weight to something held at full arm extension. I prefer a
belt mounted quiver but recommend staying away from back mounted quivers. They look good
in the movies but are impractical in real life. It takes a lot of movement and makes a lot of