Bows Are Not Just For Your Hair!

Before I met my husband Al, I thought that bows were hair decoration.  Not so but Al was exclusive into any kind of gun. So fast forward 18 years and lately I’ve been curious lately about bow shooting. Many of you may already be well versed on this subject and realize bows are an alternative to using a shotgun, rifle or pistol. Could you please give me your take on this alternative?

Here is what I found so far – What size bow do I buy?

Small Frame Women (100-130 lbs.) 25 – 35 lbs.

Medium Frame Women (130-160 lbs) 30-40 lbs.

Large Frame Women (160+ lbs.) 45 – 55 lbs.

The recommendation seems to be a Compound Bow. So I did a little research and here is what I found.  To me, with my limited knowledge, this one looks like a winner.  Comments?

The Bear ® Archery Home Wrecker Ready to Hunt bow package is designed specifically as a bow for women, but not lacking in any performance. The traditional Bear ® quality of silence and efficiency seep out of the Home Wrecker’s pores along with slight touches of pink. Weighing in at just over 3 lbs., this bow still packs a punch perfect for different game at 280 FPS.


  • Perimeter-weighted modular single cam for efficiency and easy release
  • Flared quad limbs to distribute stress evenly across the bow for clean shots
  • Offset string suppressor to reduce vibrations and noise in the field
  • Designed for women
  • FPS: 280
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • Brace Height: 6″
  • Axle to Axle: 29.75″
  • Peak Draw Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Draw Length Range: 22″ – 28″

In addition, BOW stands for Becoming an Outdoor Woman. Eighteen years ago I attended this event in Arizona. That was the first time I’d every held or used a bow and learned they are not just ribbons for your hair.  Maybe it’s time to try again!


  1. I love the BOW programs that are held across the country! Those and the Appleseed Project seem to hit a good number of women who are just now thinking about becoming involved in the outdoors. And Marsha, I’m with you…I know NOTHING about compound bows…though I know my brother loves deer hunting with his up in Michigan. Hopefully more of the WOMA members active in archery will give you some good feedback!

  2. I just started bow hunting this year and love shooting my bow. It’s definitely more challenging than hitting your target with a gun, in my opinion. Just try holding the bow with your outstretched (slightly bent at the elbow) arm and keep your pin on target for more than about 10 seconds… you’ll know what I mean. After much research and conversations with seasoned bow hunters, I purchased the PSE Chaos… 50lb draw weight with a 3-pin sight and whisker biscuit rest. My arms aren’t strong enough to pull 50lbs yet, so mine is set at 40lbs. As far as what bow size to buy, I think the “frame size” break down you’ve given is a good starting point, but definitely not set in stone. For instance, I fall into the Med to Lg category, but I work with a girl that falls into the small category who can draw just as much weight as I do. It’s all a matter of what bow fits YOU the best and what YOU’RE comfortable with. My advice to you is go to a bow shop and try a few out. First, check the size and then the weight in your outstretched arm. Then, buy it… the rest is all personal preference.

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