Quiver on or quiver off? By Bernie Barringer
The issue of shooting a bow with a quiver and arrows attached is a debate that has been hashed out over and over on social media and around campfires where ever bowhunters are found. Many say it comes down to personal preference, but I disagree. The right option for you should be based on your hunting style and the types of pursuit you engage in.
If you are exclusively a treestand or ground blind hunter, the ability to detach a quiver from your bow is a great option. You can place the extra arrows within reach because you know right where you’ll be and where they’ll be. You’re unlikely to get a follow up shot in these situations, but you just never know.
If you’re calling elk, spot and stalk hunting mule deer, pronghorn, bears or whitetails, the need to detach a quiver before shooting can be a significant hindrance. Shot opportunities often come quickly, and the motion, noise and time it takes to remove a quiver is going to cost you some shot opportunities, and maybe the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s not worth it.
Watch the video below where I discuss the options available and this will help you choose which option is best for you.
I primarily hunt elk and mule deer out west. I modified my detachable quiver to quickly go from my bow to my hip. Most of the day it’s on my bow. When I’m stalking it’s on my hip. My bow shoots noticably quieter without the quiver. Biggest reason to not have a quiver on your bow out west is the wind. Especially hunting mule deer in open country.
I’ve always liked Mathew’s quiver systems. I have a back up Mathews Drenlin that shots great with the quiver attached. The new system must be awesome! Will be looking at that when I buy my next bow.