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The riser of a recurve bow, left, is
longer and has a shaped handle
compared to the longbow, right.

of at least 40 pounds.
"That's sufficient for taking down deersize game, but I like 45 pounds better," he
said. "That's where I'd like to see most
people get. It's a perfect weight."
In Pennsylvania, the legal minimum
draw weight for bowhunters chasing
deer and bears is 35 pounds. For elk,
it's 45 pounds. Other states might have
different minimums, so be sure to check
those rules if you are heading outside of
Pennsylvania.
Going heavier than 45 pounds might
seem to be even better, but Wert said
that's not necessarily the case. At 55 or 60
pounds, Wert said accuracy usually suffers.
"You start to tip the scales too far
toward energy and away from accuracy," he said.
Few new traditional shooters are going
MARCH 2015

to be able to pick up a 50-pound
bow right away and be accurate
with it. Even big strong archers will
have trouble, because drawing and
shooting a recurve or longbow with
your fingers uses specific muscles
that likely won't be in sync at first.
This is one of the leading reasons Wert recommends takedown
bows over one-piece bows. A takedown bow has removable limbs, so
the bow can be broken down into
three pieces, plus the string.
"A takedown bow has convenience for carriage and storage,
because you can break it down,
and it has convenience because you
can have multiple sets of limbs for a
single bow," he said. "I don't believe
there's any inherent advantage to
a one-piece bow. It's simply one of
those aesthetic choices."
A new traditional archer could get a
takedown bow and start with 25-pound
limbs. Then, after much practice, the
archer can get beefier limbs, which cost
a fraction of a whole bow.
"I would much rather see someone develop their form with a lighter bow, than
start out with one that they are going to
struggle with in the beginning," he said.
"You're just not going to develop the right
shooting style if it's difficult."
When it comes to arrows, Wert again
referred back to aesthetics versus function. Wood arrows certainly are beautiful,
but they cost more than carbon arrows,
and they're not as durable as carbon.
(One company even offers a line of carbon arrows that are dipped so they look
like wood. So you can get the look of
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