Setting It Up
"Set it up right and it will work right."

Although most newer bows will fit in the bow holder supplied, you may have to alter it if your upper limb pocket is unsymmetrical.  Check to see if the generic bow holder will fit under the upper limb pocket of your bow.  Place the bow holder under the upper limb pocket from the side opposite the string and see if it will hold the bow securely, yet fall away when the bow is lifted.  You may have to bend the bow holder to make it fit loosely but securely.  Many older bows have unsymmetrical limb pockets that require an oddly shaped bow holder to work well. 

The bow holder is easily bent with a pair of pliers. Also your Bow Rest and Holder comes with an extra rubber coated wire in case you have to create a new bow holder.  Tie the two strings to the bow holder, and place the bow holder under the upper limb of the bow from the side opposite the bow string. Suspend the bow by holding the strings about 4” to 6” above the upper cam.  This is where you will tie the strings to the spreader.  Tie them at this time, making sure that the two lengths of string are equal.  Set the bow rest up while on the ground to try it out and for target practice.

1.  Separate the angle iron from the boom by removing the hinge pin.  It is threaded into the hinge to keep it from falling out while setting up in a tree stand.  Grease the pin to keep it from rusting and keep movement silent.

2.  Thread the ratchet straps through the belt loops in such a manner that the ratchet handle is toward you.  Pull the doubled portion of the strap into the belt loop to about ½” from the ratchet.  Often the cut end of the doubled strap prevents it from entering the belt loop.  Use a hammer to flatten the strap end.  Then place the angle iron on the corner of a piece of 2X4 and collapse the center of the belt loop with a hammer to make it tight on the strap.  The bow rest works much better if the straps cannot slip in the belt loop.

3.  Strap the angle iron to the tree above your head.  The bottom strap should be tightened, but the top strap may be just snug.  This allows for some height adjustment without moving the angle iron.

4.  Attach the boom, put the spreader on the boom extension, and install the bow.  Hold the bow by the handgrip and grasp the eye of the bow holder in the other.  Insert the bow holder under the upper limb pocket

5.  Pull the bow and sight a target.  Adjust the height of the angle iron on the tree so that with your hand and bow weight being borne by the bow rest the bow sights just above the target.

This will take a while, but once adjusted, you can measure the distance from your chair, or head if standing, to the bottom of the angle iron to make future setup easier.

6.  When properly set up you will pull down very slightly to sight your target.  Of course, pulling down with great force on the bow will break the bow rest.  It is strong enough to handle several pounds of downward pull, but don’t overdo it.  Body movement will also allow greater vertical aiming just as it does with a shooting rail with a rifle.  Moving forward will aim the bow higher and stretching upward will allow you to aim more downward.  When in a tree stand and shooting from a sitting position you can raise slightly from your seat to aim closer.  I have been able to aim from about 8 yards to infinity.  Should game come closer than that, simply lifting the bow releases it from the Bow Rest.  (You shouldn't shoot a deer from an elevated platform any closer than about 8 yards anyway because you cannot hit both lungs from that angle.)


The steadying effect of the Bow Rest will allow you to hold your sights on a bull’s eye much longer than free hand shooting.  Also, because it takes the weight of bow and your arm, you will be able to hold a draw much longer.


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