Taming Bow Noise: Gearing Up for a Silent Release


Compound bows and crossbows store tremendous energy, so much so that releasing a string at full draw without an arrow (dry firing) can shatter limbs in a single occurrence. No wonder the vibration, or sound, of an arrow’s release can cause the ducking phenomenon known as “jumping the string.” This is particularly likely if a game animal suddenly hears the creak of your bow limb or jacket brushing against the bark of a tree and becomes alarmed. In this case, the softer the sound of release, the better your chances.

SVLMODSTAB[1]Limbsaver has been a specialist in bow-quieting innovation for many years, offering products that absorb vibration in both compounds and crossbows. Compound users will benefit from the Broad Band Limbsavers that attach to the solid or split limbs of your compound. Reducing limb vibration translates to a quieter shot.

Stabilizers add balance and mass to the bow (thus reducing vibration). Limbsaver’s AWS Modular Stabilizer allows you extend the length of the unit by adding modules one at a time. Stabilizers multitask by reducing hand-shock and bow torque.

Crossbow users can double down on a variety of vibration reduction products in a limbsaver2 011single package with the Crossbow Silencing System. This includes the Broad Band Limbsaver mentioned above, string and cable leaches, stirrup dampeners, and a Bolt Retainer Dampener (a small yet important feature that targets the bolt retainer). It’s easy to attach and will instantly make a difference.

Visit Limbsaver’s website for the full line of vibration dampening products.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.