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Storing Archery Equipment FAQs

How do you store a bow?

Did you know that storing your bow in the garage, attic, or in the back of your car can shorten the life of your bow? The high humidity or aridity it will be exposed to in these areas will wrap your bow.

So here are some of the alternatives that can have your bow count longer years.

- Keep your bows in the driest area of the house, preferably laid horizontally on a shelf or between pegs.

- If you plan on storing away your bow for a long period of time, then use a strong bow case that is designed to keep it in place.

- Always unstring your bow. The immense compression the bowstring creates on the belly of the bow will slowly but surely weaken it, if not released frequently. So whether your bow is fiberglass or not it’s always best to unstring it before putting it to rest for the night.

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How to store your bow - The Bone Shed

How do you store arrows?

1) Store your arrows in a quiver.

2) Use an Arrow divider. 

Proper bow and arrow storage

Should you leave a bow strung?

Unstring your bow when you're not using it. That is, unless your bow is fiberglass. If you have a fiberglass bow, it doesn't hurt it to leave it strung all the time. But if your bow uses natural materials on the back and belly, you need to unstring it when it's not in use. The reason is because natural materials deteriorate over time. When your bow is strung, the belly is under compression, and over time that compression will make the bow weaker and weaker, and it will take on set. If you leave it strung, you're reducing the life of your bow.

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Can you leave a longbow strung?

Never leave your longbow strung for extended periods of time if you are not shooting it…with regular use a bow can be left strung almost indefinitely, but if you will not be using it for weeks on end it should be unstrung and stored properly, which means hung on a hook or laying flat on a rack or shelf…never stand your bow on end in a corner somewhere as limb twist is likely. If you shoot it regularly throughout the year it can be left strung; actually, the strain of stringing and unstringing your longbow is harder on the bow than leaving it braced as long as it is being used regularly.

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Can you leave a crossbow strung?

For hours? No problem. Overnight or for days, it's not advised, just too much stress for too long a time. The trigger assembly is under a lot of stress. The string is under a lot of stress, and will stretch. If you are using a compound, the same goes for the cables. Too much stretch of the string and/or cable may cause the limbs to extend too far forward upon loosing an arrow, a potential hazard. Best action? Uncock the bow at the end of a day.

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Other Storage Considerations

Most hard cases have foam inserts that you can cut and customize to accommodate your gear, such as your sight. However, as you buy higher-quality equipment, you’ll notice some accessories come with their own cases. You must decide whether to tote extra cases or squeeze everything into one bow case. Our advice? Keep everything together. It’s too easy to misplace or leave behind a small box that holds your sight or the tube with your arrows.

Also, you’ll want room for a compartmentalized “tackle box” that holds wrenches, nocks, screws, glue, serving thread and other tools that archers keep with them. A small, well-packed tackle box can also go in your case. The bottom line: When choosing a bow case for road trips, be sure you have room to pack ALL of your equipment.

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