Essential Accessories for Compound Bows

Whether you just bought a new bow or simply want to give a facelift, you’ll have fun outfitting your compound bow with accessories to improve its performance. To stack more arrows into the bull’s-eye than you ever thought possible. Read this simple guide to make sense of compound bow accessories.

Arrow Rest

Your shooting preferences dictate the best arrow rest for you. If you often take long-range shots, buy a drop-away rest. When properly tuned, drop-away rests hold your arrow in a consistent position at full draw, and drop away from it almost instantly when you release. That ensures your rest won’t affect the shot.

If you don’t shoot long distances and simply want a quality rest that secures your arrow in place, look for a biscuit-style rest. These affordable rests deliver tack-driving accuracy for shots out to 40 yards.

Bow Sight

Even the best instinctive shooters struggle for the consistent accuracy that a simple bow sight affords. Bow sights offer improved accuracy to even novice shooters.You’ll find bow sights come in two main styles, single pin and multi-pin. Multi-pin sights are most common, allowing the archer to sight in each pin at a set range.Single pin sights are more precise, allowing the archer to use a yardage dial to adjust the pin on the fly for specific target distances.

Every bow sight uses the pins and a peep. The peep is a small aperture, usually a circle, tied into the bow string to align the sight with the shooters eye. Peeps come in different sizes and styles depending on your eyesight and preference.



Unless you’re shooting a training or beginner bow at low draw weights, you’ll need a release. A release encourages a uniform release of the string and saves your fingers from repeated draw cycles. Mostly it helps you shoot better. Multiple styles give you a chance to customize your experience.Wrist releases are most common. They buckle to your draw wrist and use a caliper mechanism with a trigger. Pull the trigger to open the caliper and grab the string. When you draw back, a light touch on the trigger releases the string and fires the arrow. Wrist releases are often preferred by bowhunters because you can leave them on all day, ready to draw at any time.Hand-held releases have a lot more variety. Some have thumb triggers; others use a pinky trigger. Some are more of a hook than a caliper, and fire based on back tension rather than a trigger. Target archers prefer them because they encourage proper archery form. Several can also be attached to a wrist strap for quick access and a draw assist.

Arrow Quiver

You have to hold your arrows somewhere. Target archers will commonly have a hip quiver. Bowhunters usually go for a bow-mounted quiver that safely secures razor sharp broadheads.


Bow Stabilizer

A multi-purpose essential compound bow accessory, a stabilizer balances the bow by providing a counterweight to your draw. The extra bit of weight also helps you hold the bow steadily instead of drifting all over the target like a boozy pirate. As a bonus, the stabilizer absorbs even more vibration and noise.


Wrist Sling

Gripping your bow loosely throughout the shot might be archery’s most difficult technique to master. Your grip is important, because most shooter-caused accuracy problems start there. If that’s a problem, consider a wrist sling, which lets you gently hold your bow throughout the shot without worrying it will fall when you release your arrow. When you consistently grip your bow loosely and comfortably, you’ll become much more accurate.

Bow accessories let you customize your bow to your needs. Besides being practical, quality accessories make for fun visits to archery shops as you seek ways to improve your setup. Whether you want to rejuvenate your old bow or deck out a new bow with all the best gear you can afford, choosing the right accessories can improve its looks, feel and performance.

Post time: Jan-26-2022