Back vs. Bow quivers for archery?


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I believe that the pros and cons vary depending on the style of hunting and terrain features.  If still hunting or stalking, a bow quiver would be better, especially in thicker cover.  Running and gunning for elk is a prime example where it is much easier to guide a bow mounted quiver through brush and getting an arrow out of the quiver is quicker.  A back or hip mounted quiver tends to make snagging of arrows on brush a much more likely occurrence when constantly on the move.

If on the other hand you are simply walking an open path to your stand then a back or hip quiver would work just fine.  My only thought on that would be if the quiver is on your back/hip and you stumble upon a critter on your way to your stand, how easily can you draw an arrow from the quiver and what about the extra movement it would require.  Hopefully you are not walking around with a knocked arrow.

Personal preference comes into play so I would recommend trying both and see which works for you.  My choice is a detachable bow mounted quiver and I find no change in arrow flight with it off or on the bow.  I sometimes remove it if sitting in a stand but if a second arrow is needed it is easier, with less movement, if mounted on the bow.

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Still use a bow mounted quiver. Remove it once I get in the stand and hang it on a hook. I will place my crossbow bolts and quiver in the drink holder on my backpack but arrows are too long. The get caught on brush as I duck under limbs and brush.

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I use a bow mounted quiver but when I get to my stand, it comes off and I hang it on the tree or in my pack, within easy reach. I used to hunt with it on my bow but when I found out how much better it was to shoot without it on, I stuck to taking it off. I take my crossbow quiver off to when in the stand.

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On 12/31/2020 at 4:07 AM, elkoholic said:

I believe that the pros and cons vary depending on the style of hunting and terrain features.  If still hunting or stalking, a bow quiver would be better, especially in thicker cover.  Running and gunning for elk is a prime example where it is much easier to guide a bow mounted quiver through brush and getting an arrow out of the quiver is quicker.  A back or hip mounted quiver tends to make snagging of arrows on brush a much more likely occurrence when constantly on the move.

If on the other hand you are simply walking an open path to your stand then a back or hip quiver would work just fine.  My only thought on that would be if the quiver is on your back/hip and you stumble upon a critter on your way to your stand, how easily can you draw an arrow from the quiver and what about the extra movement it would require.  Hopefully you are not walking around with a knocked arrow.

Personal preference comes into play so I would recommend trying both and see which works for you.  My choice is a detachable bow mounted quiver and I find no change in arrow flight with it off or on the bow.  I sometimes remove it if sitting in a stand but if a second arrow is needed it is easier, with less movement, if mounted on the bow.

Yes I agree with you it depend every one preference

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I prefer a bow quiver.  It's quiet and light weight.  I usually take it off when in a stand and hang it up. 

I have a hip quiver but I haven't used it for many years.  It's too easy to snag arrows on brush and make noise with it.  Easier to loose arrows too, especially in the dark while slipping in or out of stands back in cover.  

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