Archive for November 3rd, 2011

Maintaining Bow Hunting Gear

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Before going into the field hunters must ensure their firearms are working properly. Although bow hunters don’t use firearms, proper maintenance of their gear is just as critical to a safe and successful hunt.

10— In archery equipment, we always want to make sure your strings are in good condition, make sure your cables and everything are in great condition. And always check your arrows.

Terry Erwin is Hunter Education coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

22— One way to find out if an arrow’s in good condition is to take a piece of dry cotton ball, run it up and down the arrow, if you see even one strand of cotton stick to the arrow, discard that arrow—especially carbon graphite arrow. Because if one strand can stick to it, that means that carbon graphite is broken, and it could break and injure you.

Erwin adds the shaft isn’t the only part of the arrow that needs attention before heading into the field.

14— Make sure your veins are all on securely and properly aligned, and if you’re using practice tips, make sure they’re good and tight in there. And when you go to your broad heads, always use a broad head wrench to put them on or remove them from your arrow shaft.

Find bow hunting information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.