Carrying a bow on your back is a common method for transporting it when you need both hands free. Here’s how to do it safely and securely:
- Bow (with the string unstrung)
- Bow case or sleeve (optional but recommended)
- Bow sling or carrying strap
- Ensure the Bow is Unstrung: Never carry a strung bow on your back as it can be dangerous. Ensure the bowstring is removed from the bow.
- Use a Bow Case or Sleeve (Optional): If you have a bow case or sleeve designed for your specific bow, it’s a good idea to use it. A case or sleeve provides added protection against scratches and damage during transport.
- Prepare the Bow Sling: If your bow doesn’t come with a built-in carrying strap, you can use a separate bow sling or carrying strap designed for this purpose.
- Attach the Sling: If your bow has attachment points for a sling, secure the sling to the bow according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These attachment points are typically located near the upper and lower limbs of the bow.
- Position the Bow on Your Back: Stand with your back facing the bow and the sling hanging down. Slide your non-dominant arm through the sling, allowing it to rest on your shoulder. The sling should cross over your chest diagonally, with the bow hanging down your back.
- Secure the Bow: Use your non-dominant hand to hold the bow securely by the grip (handle) while it rests on your back. This hand will help stabilize the bow and prevent it from swinging.
- Adjust the Sling: With your dominant hand, reach behind your back and grab the free end of the sling. Pull it to adjust the length of the strap until the bow sits comfortably on your back, snug but not overly tight. Make sure the sling is centered and balanced.
- Test for Comfort: Before you start walking, make sure the bow is securely attached and doesn’t shift around. Adjust the sling as needed to ensure it’s comfortable for you to carry.
- Carry the Bow: With the bow securely in place on your back, you can now walk, hike, or move around with your hands free. Be cautious when going through narrow spaces or around obstacles to avoid bumping the bow.
- Remove the Bow: To remove the bow from your back, simply reverse the steps. Carefully slide your non-dominant arm out of the sling and lift the bow off your back.
- Store the Bow: When not in use, store your bow properly in a cool, dry place, preferably inside its protective case or sleeve.
Remember that safety is crucial when carrying a bow, and it should always be unstrung during transport to prevent accidental discharge. Properly securing the bow with a carrying strap or sling will help you transport it safely and comfortably.