|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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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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