A bow quiver can be
heavy when full of hunting arrows, making it harder to steadily hold the bow up when
aiming and shooting, Velasquez said. However, this is minimal. We have found
that a lot of guys have gone to using quivers that hold four or five arrows rather than
the eight-arrow quivers that were popular a decade ago, even out West, because this
lightens the bow up and reduces mass, vibration and weight.
To back up his contentions,
Velasquez did some serious testing using a shooting machine. This machine shoots the bow,
eliminating any human discrepancies so that each and every arrow is released exactly the
same. Heres what he found:
We used the shooting machine
so we could see exactly what the differences would be with and without an attached bow
quiver and without human error on the shooting, Velasquez said. We shot out to
40 yards, and shot in excess of 400 arrows, using four, six and eight arrows in the
quiver. The bows were all properly tuned both with and without the quiver attached. We
never saw any difference in point of impact between the two. When we went down from eight
arrows to one arrow in the quiver, we saw a very insignificant point of impact change, but
not enough to make any difference in a persons ability to hit a kill zone in hunting
situations out to 40 yards.
Quiver Design Improvements
Bow quiver design has improved
greatly over the years. A shooter can still choose between a two-piece or one-piece
quiver. Most one-piece quivers are attached at only one point on the bow, creating a sort
of tuning fork thing that creates vibration that causes noise. With a
two-piece quiver - the most popular type sold today - you have two solid connecting
points, with no bar to create vibrations. This style also tends to sit closer to the
center line of the bow, making them inherently quieter.
Today, more and more bow quivers are
designed to sit closer to the center line of the bow, helping alleviate imbalances and
eliminating torque. This is critical with a bow quiver, Velasquez said. The
closer to the bows center line the quiver sits, the less torque you have.
Also, some manufacturers have begun
building vibration damping systems right into the quiver itself. The leader here is
Mathews, Inc., that has added the same patented Vibration Damping System found in its bow
risers. I have shot one of these extensively, and they work amazingly well.
The aforementioned hip quiver, as
well as some back quivers, remain popular with many bow hunters. These shooters feel they
shoot a more consistently accurate arrow if they dont have a quiver attached. In
tree-stand hunting, detachable quivers like those made by Kwikee Kwiver remain very
popular. Here a bracket is attached to the bow and the quiver snugged into the bracket.
The hunter is then able to conveniently transport his arrows to his stand site, where he
then removes the arrow-filled quiver and hangs it in the tree within easy reach should a
follow-up shot be needed.
Some spot-and-stalk hunters prefer
the hip quiver, but for me the disadvantages outweigh any small accuracy gain that might
result. These disadvantages include the fact you cant comfortably sit on the ground
with the quiver on your belt, the arrows tend to smack noisily into brush and limbs, and
it is very hard to crawl and duck under objects. For me, a bow quiver is the most simple
and efficient method of field arrow transport.