The hunting world is dominated today by the preference for bow-mounted quivers making them close at hand, lightweight and easy to carry. But there is still a lot of demand for the hip and back quivers among archers.
Although quivers do not improve your ability to shoot targets, choosing an appropriate quiver allows you to remain calm (reduce stress) and focus on your shooting.
Choice of quiver is typically dependent on personal preferences. This means that there is not a better type of quiver. This article will identify pros and cons of hip quivers and bow quivers and ultimately help you determine what quiver best suits your needs.
Hip quivers are attached to waist belts, where they hang beside the waist of the archer.
Target quiver tubes lean forward (leaning the nock of arrows forward) which allows the nocks to remain visible to the archer.
Having a complete view of the arrows in front ensures that the archer can simply select and remove an arrow from the quiver.
Target quivers are not to be confused with field quivers which lean backwards behind the archer.
Hip quivers sit on the waist which matches the hand you shoot with, that is, hip quivers should hang off the right hip/waist of right-handed shooters and left waist for left-handed shooters.
This helps archers load the arrows and ready their shot quickly with minimal movement.
If you're looking for a good quality hip quiver to take out into the field with you, we have provided 3 suggestions that are up there in terms of popularity.
Hip quivers are ideal for target shooting but can also be beneficial for hunting and 3-D/field shooting. Target shooters appreciate hip quivers because arrows are very easy to retrieve from hip quivers.
They also conveniently provide archers with the knowledge of the number of arrows remaining in the quiver and allow them to choose which arrow to retrieve next.
A valuable characteristic of hip quivers is that they typically have more hooks and pouches which allow archers to store things such as finger tabs, gloves, extra string, pliers, etc. There are some back quivers that have pouches, but most do not.
A benefit of using hip quivers for hunting is that compared to back quivers, arrows can be discreetly retrieved from the hip. This is beneficial because hunters do not want to change their outline/profile, doing so may alert deer of their presence. Additionally, hip quivers can be a little more comfortable on hot days which increase the likelihood of sweating.
Many archers will refuse to use a hip quiver for hunting because there can be challenges associated with using them when hunting.
The main complication with using hip quivers relates to the awkwardness of them. Since hip quivers provide plenty of room for storage, archers may find the quivers to be too heavy and bulky, especially when walking.
Hip quivers can impede the movement of archers because the arrows point out from the hip leaving them to sway, bump their sides (not much of a problem with field quivers) and open to catching on shrubs, branches, and other exposed foliage as they walk.
Sometimes while hunting, hunters will crawl when stalking, this would be extremely complicated with a hip quiver attached to your waist. Walking with hip quivers may also be loud and require some management to suppress the noise.
Frequently, archers do not like to use hip quivers because it is almost impossible to look good wearing hip quivers. This is a common issue for those that are self-conscious with the way they look while hunting or target shooting.
When you hear the word quiver, your initial vision is likely of a back quiver, the traditional style of carrying your arrows. Back quivers are well suited for archers who like to carry plenty of arrows and fit the traditional image of an archer.
To give you an idea of what is available in terms of quality back quivers, here are 3 that are readily available today.
Back quivers are typically made from leather and heavy-duty materials. They are securely held in place on the back of the archer with a leather strap. The leather strap is worn over the shoulder of the arm which you shoot with.
This will leave the nocks of the arrows resting above the shooting hand’s shoulder and in position to efficiently draw the arrows by the nock.
Although back quivers are traditional, they are still popular quivers for hunting and field shooting purposes.
Many archers will use back quivers because they are predominantly seen as better looking, cooler and more secure than hip quivers which look clumsy and awkward. Additionally, back quivers do not obstruct archers and they are easy to carry when walking.
When shooting an arrow, your shooting hand naturally moves next to your head, therefore with practice, it has potential to be the quickest style of retrieving an arrow and loading it for the next shot.
Back quivers are not ideal and rarely ever used for target shooting because they simply cannot offer what hip quivers can.
Although back quivers can hold plenty of arrows, they do not usually have pockets or pouches for storage.
A major challenge for archers is that they must count their arrows as they shoot because they cannot view how many arrows are left in the quiver. Furthermore, arrows are difficult to retrieve from back quivers, therefore practice is required to eliminate this problem.
Many hunters will not use back quivers because they wear backpacks on their back while hunting (you cannot wear both). As with hip quivers, crawling when stalking is complicated, bending over cannot be achieved (arrows can fall out of quiver) and back quivers rattle around and make noise while walking.
Although they do not impede when walking, they can annoyingly catch on branches and other overhead obstructions. As mentioned above, arrows are difficult to discreetly retrieve from back quivers.
Personal preference will always be the most important factor when choosing between a hip quiver and back quiver.
However, archers that like to look at their arrows and compete in target shooting will probably prefer hip quivers and archers that like to hunt, walk, and look good will prefer back quivers.
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