Many prefer to show off their compound bow by hanging it on the wall instead of stowing it away in a case. And I totally get that!
But what triggers my nerves is when I see people hanging their compound bows totally the wrong way. That’s where I feel like I really have to step up and interfere.
Hanging your compound bow the wrong way not only damages it in the long run, but it also looks bad, amateurish, and at times can end up causing accidents!
So, how to hang a compound bow on the wall?
The best way to store it is by hanging it horizontally using the riser and the grip. You can also use the string or the limb to hang your compound bow. But it’s best to avoid hanging it by the strings or by one limb, as this can strain the bow’s components and lead to damage. Using bicycle hooks or screws with the frame’s small holes is ideal for secure mounting without stressing fragile parts like the cams or string.
Sounds simple. But a lot can go wrong!
So stick with me as I explain to you how exactly you should hang your compound bows.
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4 Ways To Hang A Compound Bow On The Wall
There are four ways you can hang a compound bow on the wall:
- Hanging by the riser
- Hanging by the string
- Hanging by the limb
- Hanging by its cam
Now, just because there’s more than one way to hang them, doesn’t mean all of them are right. Let me go through all of them one by one and explain the whys and hows.
Hanging A Compound Bow By The Riser
This is the best and the safest way to hang your compound bow on the wall.
The riser is the most durable and stable component of any compound bow, making it capable of withstanding varying levels of pressure. And that’s exactly the part you want to use to hang the entire compound bow.
Using the riser allows you to horizontally hang your compound bow on wall mounts. It looks more visually pleasing and can keep the integrity of the bow intact for a long time to come.
Make sure to use padded mounts and wall hooks to hang your bow so that it doesn’t damage the finishing of the riser.
Hanging A Compound Bow By The Limb
Hanging your compound bow by the limb is the second best option you can go for. But there are huge IFs!
If you hang the compound bow from one limb, the weight of the entire bow might twist the limb, damaging it in the long run.
To ensure nothing like that happens, you should hang your compound bow horizontally, mounting by both limbs. This will evenly distribute the weight of the entire bow on the two opposite limbs.
Vertical storage tends to put stress on the bottom limb which can affect the tuning of the bow. Going for a horizontal wall mounting can save your bow from the risk of incurring damage to the limbs.
Hanging A Compound Bow By The String
Can you store a compound bow strung?
Definitely! You can hang a compound bow on the wall using your bow string to carry the weight of the entire bow.
Should you store a compound bow by the string?
Compound bows, especially the modern ones are relatively heavier than traditional and recurve bows. And the string is not the most durable component of the bow.
You see where I’m going with this!
Carrying such weight will fatigue the bowstring, creating weak points and wear on the string in the long run. The hanger can also deal damage to the bowstring with time.
So unless you’re okay with replacing your bowstring frequently, it’s best not to hang your compound bow by the string.
Hanging A Compound Bow By Its Cam
If you go to your nearby archery store, you might see most of the compound bows hung by the cams.
It certainly does save up a lot of space to shelf a lot of bows in the store. And that’s pretty much the reason.
While hanging by the cam is not the worst of ideas, it’s essential to understand the potential risks.
Cams, those circular wheels on compound bows, aren’t primarily structural components. They are designed to handle vertical forces but are not as durable when it comes to horizontal or twisting forces.
And besides, they are not that durable in the first place. In fact, most cams will incur damage from the slightest collision, making them one of the most fragile components of a compound bow.
So two things can happen:
- The tuning of the bow can mess up.
- Your cams can get damaged.
Instead of taking any chances, it’s often recommended to utilize the available holes on the riser, the central part of the bow, for hanging.
This approach minimizes the risk of compromising your bow’s tune or performance, which can effect the range of the compound bow.
How To Hang A Compound Bow On The Wall
Having discussed the ways you can hang a compound bow on a wall, it’s time to go through a step-by-step walk through the entire process.
You can apply the following guide for any of the 4 bow-hanging methods.
Materials You’ll Need:
- Bow hanger or wall mount designed for compound bows
- Appropriate wall anchors and screws
- Screwdriver or drill
- Bubble level (optional)
- Measuring tape
Step 1: Choose the Location
Decide where you want to hang your compound bow. Choose a location that’s easily accessible, safe, and away from extreme temperature or humidity changes.
Make sure it’s also at a comfortable height for you to reach.
Step 2: Mark the Position
Hold the bow hanger or wall mount against the wall at the desired height and mark the positions of the screw holes using a pencil or marker. Ensure it’s level if you want a straight display.
Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes
Use a drill to create pilot holes where you marked the screw hole positions. Make sure the holes are appropriate for the wall anchors you’re using.
Step 4: Install Wall Anchors
Insert wall anchors into the pilot holes.
If your wall is made of drywall, use wall anchors that can support the weight of your compound bow.
For studs, you can screw directly into them without anchors.
Step 5: Attach the Bow Hanger
Align the bow hanger or wall mount with the wall anchors and screw it into place using a screwdriver or drill.
Ensure it’s securely attached to the wall.
Step 6: Hang Your Compound Bow
Carefully place your compound bow onto the hanger or mount.
Ensure the bowstring is relaxed and not under tension. Most hangers have padded or rubberized surfaces to protect your bow’s finish.
Go for a horizontal hanging for better balance and weight distribution.
Step 7: Check for Safety
Give your bow a gentle shake to ensure it’s securely hung and won’t fall.
Double-check that it’s level if that’s important to you.
Step 8: Accessorize (Optional)
You can hang your arrows, quivers, or other archery accessories nearby for convenience and to complete the archery display.
Things to Consider Before Hanging A Compound Bow On The Wall
Picking the right location for hanging your compound bow is very important.
Even though compound bows are made with modern materials, they can still be affected by moisture and excessive sunlight or heat. So keep that in mind before picking the wall location.
To protect your bow, store it in a cool and dry indoor space, away from direct sunlight and areas prone to dampness or mold.
Invest in proper mounting hardware designed for bows.
There are various wall mounts, racks, and hangers available specifically for archery equipment.
These are designed to hold your bow securely and prevent it from falling. I’d suggest going for the padded ones as they won’t harm the bow’s finish.
Hang the bow at a height that’s convenient for you.
It should be easily accessible and not too high to reach comfortably. Consider the height of other items on the wall, such as other bows or archery accessories.
And definitely hang the bow somewhere the little ones can’t reach!
When hanging a compound bow, make sure the string is not under tension.
This can affect the bow’s performance and safety. It’s best to hang it with the string in a relaxed position.
Or you can choose to hang the bow unstrung. That’s even better!
Be cautious when handling your bow near the wall. Always make sure it’s unloaded, with no arrow on the string, before hanging it. This prevents accidental dry firing.
And if you feel crafty enough, you can build your own bow rack!
Check out this youtube video on how to build you own bow stand.
That concludes our take on how to hang a compound bow on the wall.
Whether you have a traditional or compound bow, there are a couple of key tips to keep in mind when hanging it on the wall. First and foremost, always unstring your bow when you’re not using it. This helps prevent long-term damage and keeps your bow in good shape.
When it comes to hanging, use the bow’s structural parts, like the limbs or the riser, for support. If you choose to use the limbs, make sure you hang it using both limbs. This ensures a secure and safe display.