Been thinking about getting on a bowyers list for a build. I’ve never had a yew bow..... neither in lams or core wood. Pro’s and cons? I’ve heard yew self bows and cold weather don’t do well and don’t know if that’s a fairytale or?? Thanks, Craig
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Well I think I need to get out on the list to get my yew bow ordered..... thanks gentlemen!!! :)
I have a couple of yew cored ASLs. Like them a lot. Seem as smooth as my bamboo cored ASLs and close enough in speed that I can't tell the difference. I don't take any special precautions with them in cold weather. I try to not let any bow sit in the sun or a hot vehicle for long periods.
I have an ELB which is all yew and an ASL with yew cores. Georgia's weather is not cold enough to be overly concerned about cold. However, I always warm up my bow by pulling it to about half draw a dozen or so times. I picked that up from the guy who introduced me to archery in 1959. He showed me a scar on his forehead that was caused by a bow coming apart on a caribou hunt. That was when he started warming up his bow. It is a good habit with any bow.
Makes sense thanks fellas!!!! Craig
If you are inside a warm cabin, camper, or tent and it is cold outside, put the warm bow outside to acclimate to the cold, before stringing. I have a picture of Fred Bear looking outside from his tent at the snow, his 59 Kodiak is strung and leaning against the tent. I'm assuming it was outside all night. I had the finish check on the back of the limbs, when I failed to let it the bow sit out long enough, when it was below freezing.
When shooting an all yew self bow, I would ALWAYS warm up the limbs by gripping then in my hand, and rubbing my hand all along the limbs. Laminated bows, I wouldn’t be worried about, but self bows don’t like the cold.
Thanks Rick....... I prefer good weather over serious cold but sometimes the mood strikes :) I’ll talk to James but imagine it’s good. Thanks again
I've never had an issue, Craig. In fairness, though, you and I may define "cold weather" differently. I pretty much turned into a fair weather hunter (and shooter) when I turned 50. That said, I've done my fair share of sub-20 degrees hunting with laminated yew bows. Never with a selfbow, so I don't know how really cold or, more likely damaging, really dry conditions would affect one of those. In a laminated bow with glass belly and back, I wouldn't fret a bit. Your best bet will always be in consulting with the bowyer. Personally, I really like yew as a limb core material.
I wish I could provide more insight, but someone here will. Best of luck and congrats on the new build!