Are You Using a Appropriate Stabilizer Setup?

I have to admit I’m quite conflicted over whether to use a stabilizer on my hunting bow. The dilemma is all about weighing the negatives of the added weight and length against the positives of the improved accuracy.


An offset stabilizer setup improves bow balance and aids the shooter hold steadier on target. In hunting scenarios, nonetheless, such a setup is not always sensible. As a result, a lot of hunters opt for considerably shorter, lighter stabilizers that aid decrease noise and vibration but do little in the way of escalating stability.

There is no 1 who obsesses over accuracy a lot more than I do. When hunting right here in the West, accuracy is paramount. But hunting in the West also implies you are probably going to be climbing up and down mountains. And when you are covering a lot of miles and a lot of vertical feet, every single ounce of weight you can shave from your gear makes a big difference at the finish of the day.

If stabilizers were just for show, it would be an simple choice — I wouldn’t use one. But stabilizers actually do a couple of important issues for you
(depending on their style). Initial of all, a very good stabilizer will take a tiny of the shock and vibration out of the bow. This tends to make the bow quieter and much more pleasant to shoot.

More importantly, when it comes to accuracy, a stabilizer acts as a counterweight. This just signifies it adds mass (weight) out away from the geometrical center of the bow. The additional away from the bow and the heavier the added mass, the more challenging it is to commence that mass moving.

This mass keeps sudden movements (shaking) in your hand from affecting the bow as much as it would with out the added weight. The weight also keeps the bow from jumping when the string is released. The bow remains a far more stable platform as the arrow leaves. All of this results in smaller groups downrange.


For optimal accuracy, you want a lengthy stabilizer with a lot of mass at its end. My target bow, for example, has a really long stabilizer and is really heavy as properly. The bow is practically 3 pounds heavier than my hunting bow.

If I could hunt deer in my back yard or at the shooting variety, my hunting bow would appear and really feel just like my target bow. Regrettably, that’s not where I hunt, so I have to compromise.

Generating Compromises
I basically have two stabilizer setups, depending on exactly where I’m hunting. If I’m hunting in easy to moderate terrain, or from a ground blind or a treestand, I use a reasonably long (around 10 inch) hunting stabilizer. This stabilizer is going to add significant weight to the bow when it is attached.

I want the vast majority of this weight to be as far away from the bow as achievable to maximize its effectiveness. Due to the fact the rod holding the weight out away from the bow wants to be as light as feasible, I choose to use carbon. I try to hold the total weight of my hunting stabilizer at a pound or less.

The amount of weight I add to the finish of the stabilizer is partly determined by how the bow balances in my hand. I want the bow to have no rotational forces acting upon it although I’m at full draw (in any of the three axes). If these forces exist at complete draw, the bow will begin to move as soon as the string is released.

The bow will start to move just before the arrow has left the arrow rest. This movement during the arrow’s launch will cause inconsistencies downrange. Believe of these forces as a twisted spring held in location. As quickly as the spring is released, it starts rotating.

1 set of these forces that is in spot on practically every single hunting bow is the bow quiver full of arrows and the sight. Both are attached to the same side of the bow, and they each have considerable weight. They pull down on the correct side of the bow. This creates a rotational force acting to pull the prime of the bow to the archer’s right (for a correct-handed shooter).

A correctly configured stabilizer program can neutralize this situation. Some bows have the stabilizer hole off-center, to the left, to help mitigate the problem. If your bow does not have this function, but as an alternative has a centered stabilizer attachment, you can use an offset stabilizer bracket to take care of the difficulty.

Ideally, the bow need to move really little during the shot, remain upright and then fall slightly forward. If you add as well significantly weight to the end of the stabilizer, the bow will have the tendency to rock forward at full draw and during the shot. The easiest way to tell if your bow is balanced correctly is to hold it out with a relaxed bow hand as if you were following by way of on a shot. See how it reacts.

If it tends to rock forward or fall to a single side or the other adjust items till it will sit upright in your relaxed hand. On a side note, extremely brief axle-to-axle length bows with short brace heights can have a tendency to really feel best heavy. It may possibly be essential to attach weights to the decrease part of the riser to make them less difficult to shoot.

The second stabilizer setup is the one particular I use when I’m covering a lot of ground every day, as I would on a backpack hunt. For these scenarios, I use a minimalist stabilizer or, if I’m actually being a weight-weenie, no stabilizer at all. The modest stabilizer I normally use on these intense hunts is purely for vibration dampening. It is not extended adequate or heavy sufficient to function as an successful counterweight.

To generate the greatest stabilizer setup for oneself, experiment with different weights and configurations. Uncover out what offers you the ideal hold and the greatest groups. If you are going on a physically demanding hunt, you will have to make your personal determination on weight versus accuracy.



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