Carrying a bow on your back, commonly referred to as “backpacking” your bow, is a convenient way to transport it while keeping your hands free. Here are the steps to do it safely and securely:
- Bow with a string that’s unstrung
- Bow sock or protective cover (optional but recommended)
- Backpack with straps
- Ensure the Bow is Unstrung: Never carry a strung bow on your back as it can be dangerous and cause damage to both the bow and you. Make sure the bowstring is removed from the bow.
- Use a Protective Cover (Optional): If you have a bow sock or a protective cover designed for bows, place your unstrung bow inside it. This helps protect the bow from scratches and keeps it clean during transport.
- Prepare Your Backpack: Choose a backpack that is large enough to accommodate your bow. Ideally, it should have straps or loops on the back for securing the bow. Make sure the backpack is empty or has enough space to fit the bow comfortably.
- Position the Bow in the Backpack: Slide the bow into the backpack with the grip (handle) facing upward and the limbs (the top and bottom parts of the bow) running down the length of the backpack. Ensure the bow is centered and balanced within the backpack.
- Secure the Bow: If your backpack has straps or loops designed for carrying a bow, use them to secure the bow in place. If not, use the backpack’s compression straps or external bungee cords to secure the bow tightly. Make sure it doesn’t shift or bounce around inside the backpack.
- Check for Comfort: Put on the backpack and adjust the straps for a comfortable fit. Make sure the bow doesn’t poke you or cause discomfort while walking.
- Double-Check Security: Before you start hiking or moving around, double-check that the bow is securely fastened and won’t slip out during your activity.
- Be Mindful of the Environment: While hiking or walking with your bow on your back, be cautious of low branches, obstacles, and other hikers. Take care not to bump the bow against anything that could damage it.
- Regularly Inspect the Bow: Periodically stop and check to ensure that the bow is still securely fastened and hasn’t come loose during your journey.
Remember that safety is paramount when carrying a bow on your back. Always handle your bow with care, and if you’re unsure about any aspect of backpacking your bow, seek guidance from an experienced archer or instructor.