What is draw weight?
It’s the amount of force you must apply to the bow string in order to pull it through it’s full range of motion. It’s usually calculated in pounds.
What draw weight should I choose?
- If you want to use the recurve to hunt for the most popular game (deer, elk, turkey), you need 40 lbs. draw weight or more (preferably 45)
- If you want to hunt for the largest game (grizzly bear, ox, cape bufalo), you’ll need 55 lbs. or more
- If you want to use the recurve for target shooting, any draw weight will do – even 25 lbs.
- If you want a recurve for both hunting and target practice, go for 40 lbs. or more.
You will adapt to higher draw weights very quickly; what may seem somewhat difficult one day, will become much easier after shooting a few hundred arrows. Stay patient and don’t push yourself – your muscles will adapt rapidly. See a list of our recommended recurve bows for hunting.
Very Important Note
If you’ve never shot a recurve bow before, then you probably don’t know what kind of draw weight your muscles can handle. The smaller your frame, the less of a draw weight you’ll be able to work with. For this purpose, I’ve created a recurve bow draw weight chart – simply look up your body type in the chart and see the corresponding draw weight range to know what you will be able to handle. Also, you might want to read up about the capabilities of different draw weights on a recurve bow.