Archery bows can take up quite a bit of space in your home. If you don't plan to be using your bows for the next several months, it's imperative that you prepare them, pack them and store them properly. Here, you will learn a few tips that can help you protect your bows and store them in a way that will preserve them for years to come.
Invest in a Hard Case
A quality hard case is a must when you own a bow. Look for one that is lined with foam. The foam will hold the bow in place as the case is carried here and there. Some of the best hard cases are approved by the airlines as they are more durable and can withstand quite a bit of abuse without popping open.
Prepare the Bow for Storage
Before you pack the bow away for weeks or months, you must prepare it for storage. First thing to do is to clean all of the dirt and oils from your hands that may be on the bow. This will prevent permanent marks from appearing after it sits unused for a while.
Oil the Cams To Prevent Rust
Adjust the resistance. Turn each down by two turns. If you're unsure about how to adjust the resistance, refer to your owner's manual. Some have recommended settings for long-term storage. If you don't know if the resistance has been reduced, adjust the bow to full tight and then release it by two turns.
Store the Bow
Your bow shouldn't be somewhere that's in your way all of the time, nor should it be stored in a space that doesn't have controlled temperatures. So, don't store it in a garage, attic or basement. Make sure that it is stored out of direct sunlight or anywhere that is high in moisture.
If you don't have a climate controlled space in your home where you can safely store your bow, consider leasing a unit from a self storage facility. These units make it possible to keep the things that you want, but don't have the space for. Just look for a unit that offers climate-control. Taking these steps will help you protect your investment and ensure that you don't have to buy a new bow or repair the old one after it's been stored for weeks or months. Talk with facility managers to learn more.