How To Setup & Tune A Compound Bow – Part I

Over the next couple of months I will show you, step-by-step, how I setup and tune my Elite Energy 35.

Even if you’re not interested in learning the entire process of setting up a bow from scratch, stay tuned to this series!  Along the way we will be covering topics that every bowhunter needs to know, such as installing and tying d-loops and peep sights, making arrow rest adjustments, and much more.

Getting Started

What’s the first thing you want to do when you get a brand new (or “new to you”) bow?

Shoot it, of course!

I used to be the guy that hurried to tie on a d-loop, slap on a rest and sight, and hit the range ASAP. But I discovered that a little bit of planning and patience up front will result in a much easier setup, tuning, and sight-in process in the long run. Now when I get a new bow I’m much more methodical about the process that I go through before I start sending arrows down range.

Regardless of what bow you shoot – and whether or not you’re setting up a brand new bow, setting up a bow that you purchased used, or even looking to re-tune your existing bow – the first step is the same…

Know the Numbers

A bow’s specifications – such as axle-to-axle length, brace height, peak draw weight, etc. – are more than “selling points”. These numbers tell you how the bow is meant to be configured for optimal performance.  The first step in setting up a perfectly tuned bow is making sure that all of these numbers are what they should be.

The perfect place to start with any new bow is the owner’s manual.  Make sure that your bow is within the manufacturer’s specifications.  Take the few minutes required to make these measurements, and save yourself from hours of frustration that could have occurred later on in the setup, tuning, and sighting-in process.

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  • Brent Daley

    I’ll be keeping my nose to the board on this one, as I’ll be getting my son a bow soon, as well myself a new one after that. This will be a great informative series of posts to help me get started…it’s been many, many years since I bowhunted, and can’t wait to get back into it.

    • SoleAdventure

      Congrats on getting back into it! You’ll have a blast hitting the range and the woods with your son.

  • Lee Strohe

    Nice! Looking forward to these vids…. Lots of articles to check out in the past too. I need more time!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for following, Lee.

  • Matt

    I’d like to see a list of suggested tools for the new archer. I’ve been shooting for a few years, but as my family gets more into this I would appreciate seeing your thoughts on this matter. Sort of a must have and a nice to have sort of list. Thanks!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for the suggestion, Matt. That will definitely be a part of this series!

  • TxAlarm

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting on! Can’t tell you how much all the work you put in helps guys like me. I have a few hunts coming up between now and September and almost took an old “backup bow” to my local archery shop but will now build it myself based in what I learn here. Thanks for the time and knowledge you share.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for following along, Tx!