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Not all rests are created equal

Then again, neither are bow shooters.

Some rests most bows but not all. Some are heavy and some are light. Some adjust, while some are fixed. Some are camo and some black. Some are simple, while others seem like they have a hundred moving parts.

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When in a treestand or a blind and staring through your peep, it’s hard enough to put your pin in just the right place to take that trophy buck. The last thing on your mind should be your arrow rest.

Keep it simple and buy the one you feel comfortable shooting. Just because your buddy shoots one brand doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you.

Visit your local archery shop and compare the different models. Most shop owners will let you test drive a few if they have a range or a target close by.

If you look online, you’ll see arguments for and against every rest out there. The simple truth is there are pluses and minuses to every model.

Full capture rests like the Whisker Biscuit get ripped because they have so much contact with the arrow. What the detractors fail to realize is as long as that contact is consistent from shot to shot, it’s not really a problem. Plus, the simple, maintenance-free, no-moving-parts design of rests like the Biscuit make it ideal for shooters who don’t like to tinker with their setups.

On the other hand, dropaway rests are the ultimate in accuracy, and you can shoot any type of fletching, including feathers, with no worries. But dropaways have moving parts and most often strings that have to be tied to a cable or cable slide. There’s a lot there that can go wrong. If you’re an experienced archer who is comfortable tinkering with your equipment, that’s not a big deal. If not, if something needs adjusted on your dropaway, your hunt is over until you can get to a bow shop.

Its your call, but pick the one that works best for you. Consider things like your level of bow savvy, how much you hunt (or shoot), whether you have to hit a dime or a quarter at 20 yards and your overall confidence in a particular model.

Once you make your selection, shoot often and get familiar and comfortable with it. Your rest is the most important component of your bow setup. Many will do the job well, and the one that will do it best is the one that fits with your shooting and hunting style.

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