Recurve Bow Hunting
What is a Recurve Bow?
Long before compound bows became the bow of choice for most hunters, the recurve bow was king. This was because of the additional energy the recurve could muster compared to its predecessor the stick, or longbow.
The recurve bow curves back, out, and back again (or recurves). When strung, the string touches a small section of the bow near the tips. The second curve goes against the natural curve and gives the bow more energy.
A recurve bow stores more energy than a straight-limbed bow of the same weight, because energy is stored and delivered more efficiently, producing greater arrow speed.
A recurve allows a hunter to use a shorter bow with greater arrow energy making the bow less cumbersome in brush and forest terrain.
The recurve bow can be found between 48 and 70 inches long, typically around 66 inches and usually no less than 58 inches for stability.
Two Most Common Hunting Recurve Bow Types
What is Brace Height?
The Brace Height is the distance between the deepest point in the Grip and the Bowstring.
Brace Height is measured from the center of the bow grip to the bowstring at 90 degrees.
Most manufacturers have different brace heights recommended for the bows they make.
If the brace height is not known, here a rough guide for recurves:
The ideal brace height for a bow is one that produces the quietest release with the least amount of vibration in the bow.
Adjusting Brace Height On A Recurve Bow
To help your shooting, the brace height must remain consistent. Any variation in distance will effect the arrow flight, so always check the brace height before shooting. Bowstrings stretch over time or broken strands can lower the brace height.