No matter what your skill level, the right accessories can improve your shooting. This Hoyt Vector Turbo (35-inch axle-to-axle, 4.2 pounds, 340 fps IBO, 6-inch brace height) is a bow I use both in the field and on the 3-D course. Here’s how I set it up:
A – Single-Pin Slider Sight**: One pin simplifies things for beginners and experts alike. If you’re an archer who will never shoot beyond 30 yards in the field, you can set it and forget it with many of today’s bows. But if you plan to shoot farther, in the field or on the range, a sight like this HHA OL-5519 lets you instantly adjust the elevation setting in single-yard increments and hold dead-on at 120 yards if you so desire.
B – Matched Peep and Pin Guard**: A round pin guard that perfectly matches the diameter of your peep at full draw helps keep your pin centered and improves your accuracy.
C – Full-Containment Drop-Away Rest: Yes, nonmechanical full-capture rests were tops for hunting once. But today’s best drop-aways, like this QAD Ultrarest HDX, completely contain the arrow, instantly fall clear of the shaft upon release for optimum accuracy, and don’t mangle your vanes with use. So why not use one? I’ve put thousands of arrows through mine in all types of weather. It’s never failed.
D – Stabilizer: A 4-inch stabilizer is a decoration. This 8-inch Fuse Carbon Blade does more to balance my bow and dampen vibration.
E – Grip-Be-Gone: It’s not as comfortable to hold, but removing the factory grip on some models provides better sensitivity for perfect hand positioning and reduced torque.
F – No Quiver: I shoot better with no quiver attached to my bow. Maybe it’s all in my head, but it doesn’t change the results. Try shooting your bow both ways; if you have a preference, go with it.
From the August 2012 issue of Field & Stream magazine.