A guide to bow stands for 3-D archery

The 3-D archery course can be a rough place. Mud, rocks, grass, pavement, greenbriers – you never what you’ll have to deal with.

Encounter any of these conditions and you’ll wonder, “Where can I put my compound bow?” The thing you don’t want to do is set your bottom cam and/or limb down on anything that might affect your string, the limb or the cam itself.

Fortunately, there are portable bow stands to fit just about any bow, that you can carry in your quiver or shooting stool. But you have to pick the right one to fit your bow and your equipment setup.

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The style that’s arguably the most popular is a folding stand that clamps to your bow limb. These stands hold onto the bow pretty well, and you can pick up your bow without worrying about the stand falling off.

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Limbs come in all different sizes, so be sure you choose a stand that is made to fit the limbs on your bow. For example, the Mathews Halon 32 has a much wider limb system than the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro. The same stand would not fit both bows – unless it’s an adjustable stand.

The Pine Ridge Kwik Stand introduced for 2017 has adjustable jaws to make it fit just about any compound bow limb. The legs also are adjustable, so you can customize how your bow stands up.

Another common type of stand slides onto the limb from the side. Some models fold up when not in use. Others don’t.

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Typically, these slide-on stands fit nearly any bow, so you can use one with several different bows.

Depending on the shape of your limb and the way your bow balances, you’ll connect your bow stand up near the riser or back by the cam and then rest the bow on its stabilizer.

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This system will work on any compound with a stabilizer 12 inches or longer. If you’re shooting in a hunter class, and your stabilizer is shorter than 12 inches, this rigging might not work.

In that case, try clamping the stand to your top limb. The stand and your stabilizer should support the bow and keep all other parts off the ground. If your sight bar is longer than your stabilizer, however, it won’t work.

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Recurve 3-D archers don’t often carry bow stands with them. They usually lean their bows up against a tree or they have hooks on their belts to hold their bows.

But there are stands made for their bows, and some archers do use them. The recurve stands are nearly all the same, with minor variations in construction. They feature legs, a center upright post and a padded, U-shaped rest where the bow handle sits.

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Don’t set your precious bow in the mud, sand, snow, etc., and risk damaging it or throwing something out of line which could cost you the tournament. Get a bow stand for your next 3-D shoot.

You can check out all of the bow stands available for this season by clicking here.