The Whisker Biscuit arrow rest is a popular hunting rest due to the arrow containment it provides, but it does come with some trade-offs. We’ll take a quick look at some of the pros and cons hunters have experienced when using the Whisker Biscuit.

Whisker Biscuit V with Arrow

Whether you are a professional bowhunter or a beginner in the sport, you must have the right gear for the task if you are ever going to hit the target. Arrow rests are particularly important as they hold the shaft of the arrow to support it before firing.

There are various categories of arrow rests, but the Whisker Biscuit and drop away types are perhaps the most popular. There is an age-old debate that pits the two against each other, some claiming either is better.

Both are good in their own right, and we will take a look at the pros and cons of the Whisker Biscuit arrow rest so that you decide if it works for you. But first, what is a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest?

What Is a Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest?

The household name for full containment arrow rests is Whisker Biscuit, and they come in several variations. Some designs have a disc of bristles surrounding the hole in the middle, while some have three brushes.

Either way, a Whisker Biscuit is a patented arrow rest, and the purpose of these synthetic bristles is to hold the arrow by forming a perimeter that supports the shaft from all sides.

Steve Graf and Ike Branthwaite, two semi-conductor engineers with a passion for hunting, were the product's inventors. They founded Carolina Archery Products in 1999, a company that launched the V-cut biscuit in 2003.

The idea was to make it easier to slot the arrow into the biscuit without the need to feed it through the hole, and it became an instant hit.

Trophy Ridge bought the company in 2009 and added improvements to enhance a Whisker Biscuit’s accuracy. These changes included adding independent windage and elevation adjustments with laser-etched marks.

You can find the full range of Whisker Biscuit arrow rests by visiting the Trophy Ridge section of the Bear Archery website.

Using A Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest

Before you get down to using a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, you have to install it first. The process is simple, and you only need an Allen wrench to fix it.

  • Begin by placing the Whisker bracket on top of the shelf on the side of the bow.
  • Place it on the side that matches your dominant hand (either left or right).
  • Align the bracket opening to the mounting hole on top of the bow shelf.
  • Fit the bolt through the hole and bracket to connect them.
  • Using the Allen key, screw the bolt to a snug fit.

Once installed, you need to test the hardware before actually hunting on the ground. Knock an arrow into the bow and take a shot at a target. The goal is to stick it perfectly straight at the center, but it will usually nock either to the left or right with factory settings.

Depending on where the arrow hits, make small adjustments by loosening the biscuit using the Allen wrench and shifting its position. After getting the horizontal tuning correct, adjust the nock if the arrow hits high or low.

Check this video to get detailed steps on how to do the tuning.

Pros and Cons of a Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest

If you do a Whisker Biscuit vs drop away arrow rest comparison, these are the upsides and downsides of the product.


Minimal Chances of Failure

Whisker Biscuits have no moving parts, so there is no chance of mechanical failures happening when hunting. In comparison, the mechanism that holds the arrow in a drop away arrow rest might fail to drop, throwing the shot off target.

Simple to Use

From the adjustments to usage, Whisker Biscuits are not complex tools. You only need an Allen wrench to make windage and elevation adjustments as you tune it by target practice (paper tuning) to get the best nocking point.


Even though the mechanical aspect in drop away arrow rests is not noisy, it might produce some sound as it falls out of the way. However, Whisker Biscuits have simple designs with no moving parts, so expect no noise to startle your target.

Zero Chance of the Arrow Falling

The bristles enclose the arrow on all sides, making it impossible to fall out when drawing or knocking.

Ideal for All Experience Levels

The simplicity of the hardware and ease of adjustment make the accessory perfect for hunters of all skill levels. It is especially ideal for beginners as an entry point to improve on skill and probably advance to other complex arrow rests, such as the drop away type.


Most Whisker Biscuit arrow rests cost less than $100, and even though this might seem like a high price, it is much less than what the drop away type costs.

Therefore, whether you are a beginner or expert, the product is easy on the pocket, particularly when you consider its effectiveness and ease of use.


Tough On Fletchings

While they give the advantage of holding the arrow on all sides, this presents a problem due to friction as the shot heads out. The bristles put stress on the vanes or fletchings, leading to wear and tear. Either the fletchings or the bristles will wear out after hundreds of shots and will need replacements.

Might Affect Speed and Accuracy

The same friction that causes wear and tear will slow down the arrow.

Even if the effect is minuscule, professional hunters or Olympic-level archers might notice the difference.

However, the vast majority of hunters, experienced and less so, will agree that any loss of speed is inconsequential when it comes to shooting performance. 

Less Forgiving to Poor Technique

Even though it is easy to use, a Whisker Biscuit can take you completely off target and negate its benefits if installed poorly. It will have the same effect if you use poor shooting techniques.


While a Whisker Biscuit and drop away arrow rest have different operating mechanisms, the goal is to hold the arrow so that you can guide it accurately to the target.

However, the support offered by Whisker Biscuit arrow rests gives more reliability and reduces the concentration required before making a shot.

Additionally, the accessory is more affordable, making it a perfect addition to your hunting gear if you are a beginner.

On the other hand, experts usually prefer the drop away arrow rest type because it offers less resistance. It is also quite complex and costs more.

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