It is best to uncock your wooden recurve bow or longbow after you have finished shooting. Modern recurve and longbows made of synthetic materials can remain strung for up to 3 weeks, but should remain unstrung if stored for a longer period of time. Compound bows can be stretched indefinitely.
Fiberglass-laminated longbows and recurves only need guying if you don’t plan on shooting them for long periods of time or anticipate taking a ride in a hot car. All-wood laminated bows and autobows must be rigged after firing to prevent the limbs from retaining the bent shape.
There’s probably no harm in leaving a longbow strung for more than a week. Anytime I intend to stop shooting for more than a few minutes (e.g. to go to the bathroom), I uncock my bow only to cock it again when I continue.
The best way to safely hang a recurve bow is to use a special bow hanger. Always store the bow on its side and be careful not to hang it by the string.
You can leave the bow drawn all day if you wish. Remember that every time you string or de-cock your bow you are taking a small risk. It’s like accidents.
In fact, during your shooting season (or whenever you shoot your bow at least weekly). I would suggest leaving the bow drawn. In fact, stringing and unstringing your recurve bow can cause more problems than leaving it strung for shorter periods of time. One such problem is the risk of limb twisting.
Put simply, if you shoot regularly enough, you shouldn’t need to rest your recurve bow at all. The bow itself is designed to be strung and to hold a lot of tension, so unless the bow itself is weak or faulty in some way, there shouldn’t be a problem leaving it strung.
A properly maintained longbow with regular stringing can last as long as your body can use the bow, on average around 20 to 30 years, and it will still be in good condition to to pass it on to someone else. A longbow’s life ends due to: Mechanical damage – broken points and cracks in the body.
Recurve and longbow sights are nothing new. Ever since a bow has been shot, a sight has been used in style. Bow sights are great for beginners as they help build confidence and improve shot form.
I’ve also been told by several well known bow makers that it’s ok for a few days but it doesn’t take that long to resolve so…. I recently bought one of the repro 59 Kodaiks and in the Instructions state that it’s fine to leave it strung for a week or so, but no longer to untie it.
Leave it strung for 10 years and it will be fine. Laminated limbs just don’t take a set like the old self bows. If laminated limbs took a set, we’d wind up our compounds every night………
Simple engineering physics says that any lever under load has the potential to fail under load, so yes: your bow could break.
A recurve bowstring should be replaced every 2-3 years with normal use. String should be replaced earlier if frayed, worn, or otherwise damaged. Modern synthetic materials are very durable, but stretch and wear over time.
Properly cared for bowstrings can last about three years, after which time they should be replaced. The bowstring should also be replaced if it is frayed or has a broken string. If you are unsure about replacing your bowstring, seek help at an archery store.
Can you store a compound bow strung? Yes, you can. Compound bows are specially designed to stay strung. You don’t have to untie the string every time you’ve finished shooting and want to store the bow.
The short and simple answer is that all bows should be restrung about every two to three years, depending on how often you shoot. Target bows are shot more frequently and should be re-cocked every year, while hunting bows can be re-cocked every two years.
Most pro shops and manufacturers recommend replacing these every two years. These are constantly under a lot of pressure without you even shooting a bow. If two years have passed or the store finds serious wear and tear, replace them.