Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
stick

Wrist sling on bow or not?

11 posts in this topic

What are people's thoughts on the wrist sling on a bow (the little loop that goes around your wrist that holds the bow)? I just got into archery a year ago and never got one, and I'm wondering if it's really an essential piece. I understand that you shouldn't grip the bow too tightly and let it "fall" away once you release the arrow. I shoot a lot and I have focused on a loose grip, and I haven't seen the need for the sling. I have had people say "you don't have a strap...why not...you need one". It's not the $6 that drives my decision, I just like the least amount of extra stuff possible. Lean and mean, baby!

Any thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you don't need one then you are fine.

For me I feel much better by leaving a nearly open hand on my riser. I like it when the bow "falls" forward.

Here is a tip. If you have an old belt lying around then knock two holes in it and bolt it to your bow. See if you think your groups improve. If they don't then you aren't out anything, except maybe an old belt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are comfortable without one then you dont have to have one. I personally dont feel comfortable shooting a bow without one anymore because Im so used to it and it stops me from dropping my bow after the shot. If you dont think theres any chance your going to drop your bow with the way you grip the bow now than its not necessary.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have bow hunted for many, many years and have never used one. I purchased one and I don't feel the need for it. If one likes to use one or thinks they need it, then I would go for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe for me its just insurance on the bow, I shoot with a open hand and the strap does not affect me, but when I am in a stand and I have gloves on and the weather is different, I now do not worry about the slipping and gripping change so I do not launch an investment to the ground..

Just my opinion, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure...

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm with Rippinlip on this one!

Don't want to drop an investment on the ground.

Remember Murphy's Law applies to bow hunting big time! grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A sling is one more thing to get tangled up or keep you from getting ready if the unexpected buck comes through. I just read a book by Bill Winke and he has a point that anything that can save you time (even seconds) is very crucial to taking big game. He even goes on to explain that he doesn't use a loop string for his release because it might take his eyes off the approaching game. Just a thought and how particular or efficiant you want to be? Personally I have used one and found it only made it harder to "get ready" and if you have gloves on in late season that too can effect your ready-ness.

I see that only time you really need a sling is if your bow jumps out of your hand to much or your shooting at a very steep angle down like the base of your stand. That's my .02.

Good Luck,

mr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

String loop and sling for me. I've had a sling on for about 20 years and never a problem. Sure I can shoot just fine without it but my subconcious mind lets me shoot better with it. And there's the added benefit that it won't hit the ground if it would pop away from my bow hand. I use a 1/4 inch black rope and it's loose and hangs on my wrist. The hunting bow setup has more slack of course than the target setup. The loop is a giant plus. No string wear and I can let down without having the arrow pop off the string once in a while. Won't happen with the loop. Plus your release is anchored dead on behind your arrow so better arrow flight. I just use a TruBall with the regular caliper head design. I guess I've been using a loop for about

10 years or so. My latest upgrade is a drop away rest on the hunting bow. QAD total containment rest. It's Awesome!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never shot a bow without one. It was always my understanding that I shouldn't grip the bow with my hand while shooting because it would interfere with developing a consistent release and follow through.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never shot a bow without one. It was always my understanding that I shouldn't grip the bow with my hand while shooting because it would interfere with developing a consistent release and follow through.

ya me too, Its all about the grip torque. when I shoot the bow sits against the inside heel area of my relaxed, open hand and I dont even grab the bow until after I've shot. Thats what the best shooters say is the correct form. I know lots of guys take the grip off completely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    •   You will get plenty of recipes for a brine or injection, or even an injectable brine which work good for turkey breasts.  A common injection are the store bought ones you see in sporting goods stores in the cooking section. All kinds of flavors from Cajun, to Honey Butter, Garlic & Herbs, etc. Some even come with a free syringe.  Some simple injections you can make are apple juice (plain or jazzed up), beer with seasonings, a doctored up chicken broth and one of my favorites a Lite Apple Brine.  Since it's injected I like lower salt than you would use for an immersion brine.  My Lite Apple Brine's ratio is 1 gram of canning salt mixed into 1 ounce of apple juice.  If you buy an 8oz bottle of apple juice, just add 8 grams of canning salt, shake it and you are ready to inject.     Years ago I asked Old Dave, an online friend, for help on an injection for a pastramied turkey breast recipe I was developing.  He sent me a modified version of Shakes Injectable Brine, which is fancier than my Lite Apple Brine.... and guess what, I really like it too.  Here is the recipe... and if you want to read more, I'll have the link to my write-up below.  BTW, I was skeptical of the cloves, but I tried the first one following the recipe and it's good.  My only variation is I'll use agave nectar instead of the honey sometimes.    Old Dave's Poultry Injectable Brine, based off of "Shakes" Injectable Brine. 
      32oz clean water (non-chlorinated and not softened)
      1/4 cup pickling salt
      2 teaspoons of TenderQuick
      1/3 cup clover honey
      3-4 bay leaves
      1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
      1/2 teaspoon pickle spice

      Heat it up in a sauce pan but do not boil. For a 12-15 pound turkey, inject 2 oz in each leg, 2 oz in each thigh, and 4 oz in each side of the breast. 16 oz total per turkey. I like to do the injection at least 8-10 hours before the fire.   My Pastramied Turkey Breast write-up can be found HERE   EDIT, you smoke them until the internal is 165° to 170°.  An injection will help keep them moist even at the 170° temp.  I like a mix of cherry and hickory, but keep the amount gentle.  Apple would be a safe bet for your first one and you can always use a stronger wood next time.  
    • First off, the comment I made which you replied to with a hypothesis never stated that there was proof they did anything wrong. I merely and accurately stated that there was a chance they did some of the same things and it appears that may be the case.   You said plainly that VW could have chosen the Daimler tech but chose not to. In the end doing so may very well have found them in the same boat.    
    • Haula is probably going to see a lot of playing time so I don't doubt he will have some nice years, kind of like how Brodziak scored 20 playing as our first line center. I like Schroeder as first call up or emergency player but he just can't consistently bring it in the NHL, that is no crime because when he gets hot he is fun to watch but he just can't stay there. 
    • That's some good info, Thanks.
    •   I think they're shut down, too.  Smells like no money and more welfare...    
    •   Not sure if their still producing cardboard up at that plant anymore?
    • Now Haula and Tuch will have career seasons next year.  Haula is the odds on favorite to win the Ross trophy and Tuch should have a couple Norris' in the next 5 years.     Sounds like Wild might not bring Schroeder back either.  I really hope they are contenders for a strong center or a really nice goal scorer.  
    • Good point about the center support.  I wandered out to my ground blind on one of the last days of archery season to find the roof caved in and two poles busted. 
    • MMmmm Cloquet....   Smells like money.
    • I am a little concerned with it fading but it needs to be left up for the deer to get accustomed to it so no way around that.   I assume the sun is the main culprit in fading so I'll do my best to protect against that.  One spot I'm considering is tucked into some pines which create a lot of shade, brushing it in heavily should also help keep it out of direct sun as well.   Good point about a center support to help with the snow.  I'll make sure to add something.
  • Our Sponsors