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Whether you are a first-time bowhunter or a seasoned vet, there are some key factors that you need to look at when you select a new compound hunting bow. Today’s bows are complex engineered tools efficiently designed to sling arrows downrange at speeds over 300 feet per second. Even though bows are intricate and have thousands of engineering hours behind them, they are also made to be simple enough to be operated by the average archer. Every person is different and every bow is different, but here are the basics you will need to know before entering a bow shop or searching online.
You must determine your eye and hand dominance before selecting a left-handed or right-handed bow. You probably already know what hand you favor by thinking about what hand you write with, but that does not mean your vision aligns with your hands. It is possible to be cross-dominant, meaning that you’re right-handed, but left eye dominant or left-handed, but right eye dominant. The easiest way to determine your eye dominance is to hold your hand out in front of you in an “ok” symbol and look through the opening created by your thumb and index finger to determine your eye dominance. As you are looking, close one eye at a time. If the object you are looking at shifts out of view when your left eye is open, you are right eye dominant. If the object shifts out of sight when you only have your right eye open, then you are left-eye dominant. Traditionally, you should learn to shoot a bow that aligns with your dominant eye, meaning that if you are right eye dominant, you should buy a right-handed bow and vice versa.