What kind of quiver do you use?

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  1. Stretch

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    It the idea of a quiver to carry arrows is at least 5000 years old.

    In 1991, the body of a 45 year old man was discovered on the present-day border between Italy and Austria and dated to be from 3,300 BC. He was dressed in a leather clothe, a waterproof cloak made of grasses and carried a framed backpack, a utility belt with tools, a quiver of 14 arrows, a knife made from flint and a copper axe. His wooden arrows had flint arrowheads and the quiver included a flap to keep the feathers dry. He carried arrows of two lengths during his travels.

    I personally carry my arrows with a quiver attached to my bow. I normally carry 4 broadhead tipped arrows and a single practice arrow/small game with a judo tip. When sitting in a tree-stand or hide, I always remove the quiver and set it nearby. This allows me more mobility with less eye catching movement. When stalking game I leave the quiver attached. I practice both with the quiver attached and unattached. With practice I noticed no difference in my accuracy. Others have told me they can only shoot well one way or the other.

    How many arrows do you carry on a typical all day African hunt?
    What kind of quiver do you use? (I use an Alpine 5 arrow soft loc type)
    If using a bow quiver, do you shoot with it attached or removed from your bow?
    Do you carry a practice/small game arrow and do you ever shoot it while hunting?
    How many arrows and broadheads do you bring on a Safari?
  2. nieluyssafaris

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    I use a PSE 4 arrow quick release quiver.

    Personally I do not like to hunt with the quiver attached to my bow, quivers tend to cause extra noise and hook against brush when stalking. I would rather give the quiver to the guide to carry instead of carrying it on the bow.

    I usually take three arrows tipped with broad heads and one with a blunt for monkeys when sitting in a blind.

    I would advise clients to take at least a dozen arrows and broad heads on a safari.
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    I was going to say. The newest RSA model of the "PH Quiver" is the easiest.
    Less weight, no noise and it pulls and presents the arrow for reloading in a flash. :)
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    I never thought of giving the quiver to the guide when stalking. Good point.

    The Alpine quiver I use attaches with rubber holders virtually eliminating noise.

    Blunts for monkeys? I would have thought broadheads. Do you shoot them in the head?
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    I hope my package includes this new model quiver.
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    Stretch,

    you can be sure that the package includes the new quiver. With a 85# bow and 450gr arrow at 310ft/s you can shoot a monkey in the head or in the vitals it doesn,t matter.;)
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    I prefer a hip quiver myself. I do alot of spot and stalk and like it there better, I just wear it slightly more to the back and dont fasten the leg strap that way brush is not a problem. I am not sure what brand it is but I have had it for 20 years so it is certainly durable. I always have 2 expandables and 2 - 2 blade steelforce heads in it as well as 2 blunts for chickens.
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    I use a hip quiver made by EW Bateman. It is an 8 arrow hip quiver that I have used for at least 25 years. It is easy to use and I have only lost 1 arrow out of it. I have used it extensively in CO elk hunting, New Zealand hunting and all across TX hunting everything under the sun. It is comfortable, easy to put on and take off and to swing behind my back incase I encounter heavy brush. I normally carry around 6 arrows, usually all the same BH's, mostly Smoke Ramcats now with an occasional Rage thrown in, but my go to head is the Ramcat 100's. I sometimes carry a judo point arrow for stump shooting or shooting at somthing other than a game animal or varmit. I use to carry rubber blunts to blunts sheep, goats or cattle away from my shooting area until I stuck a rubber blunt into a sheep one morning and caused him to bleed a lot. Did not kill the sheep and the arrow finally fell out, but that is the last time I carried a blunt!
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    Good topic.

    To each their own i suppose! I have two primary "quivers" that I use in Africa and here. I use a Rancho Safari Cat Quiver (just the quiver, not the backpack version) as it allows me to throw several arrows in it at a time. It can also be easily slung over the shoulder for stalking and remains quiet.

    Lately I have been using something completely unique. I was at a Bass Pro Outlet shop and they had a number of 30 inch tubes with zippers and padding that are used to put fly rod segments in. I purchased as many as I could at $4 a piece. They are PERFECT for both transporting arrows with broadheads to Africa as well as the perfect thing for hunting in africa. Fits both my traditional and compound arrows easily. It has a strap to sling over the shoulder and when in blind I can take out three arrows and lay against the blind for easy access should they be necessary.

    I just hate having anything more than I need attached to my compound or recurve. That's just me.

    As for your question on how many....I would take at least 20 arrows and as many broadheads (or replacement blades). Bowhunting supplies in Africa (read broadheads) are a LOT more expensive than we pay here so you can always leave some as a tip or sell to your PH.
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    Interesting Thread, a subject I did not really think about yet. Traveling to Africa I would pack 1 to 2 dozen arrows and heads. When I worked in an archery shop I got the opportunity to try a lot of quivers. I never liked having a quiver attached to my bow, too bulky and who wants the added weight. A few years ago while I was at ATA I was introduced to a Montana company called Tight Spot. I fell in love, light weight and highly adjustable. It in now a part of my bow and I do not take it off for anything. I love having fast access to a 2nd arrow for follow up shots.
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    A lot of interesting preferences posted here. Keep the info coming.
    I always seem to look at what type quiver fellow archers are using. Remember what type quiver some of the famous icon bowhunters used? Howard Hill with his back quiver. Fred Bear with his bow quiver. Chuck Adams with his hip quiver.

    I have owned many different types of quivers. Back, hip and bow style. One memorable moment was was an old Kwikee quiver that attached to my recurve bow. This was a clamp-on quiver that held 4 arrows. No hood was provided for protection so this was a dangerous setup. I remember attaching it to my Bear archery recurve loading it up with arrows and heading out to the back yard to give it a try. Little did I know the surprise I was about to experience. I pulled back and sent an arrow at the hay bale. Quick as an Impala's reflexes, the four arrows popped from the quiver attempting to imitate a ginsu knife set gone wild. With my long draw length, this was not a good set-up on this super short recurve bow and flexing limbs.

    Here is a photo of this early bow quiver. $(KGrHqV,!hcE8nLvl6t,BPobMRP3o!~~60_1.jpg

    I am getting a good idea of how many arrows and broadheads I might need. Of course the quantity will be X2 since my wife will be bowhunting also.
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    I use a Tight Spot Quiver that attaches to my bow. When elk hunting I don't like anything more than my backpack on. The TS quiver does not make any noise that I can tell, as the name suggests it sits very tight on the bow with the mounting mechanism it uses. Arrows are in rubber mounts so any vibration is absorbed. They are however not exactly cheap.

    Bow Quiver, Archery Quiver, Arrow Quiver from TightSpot? Quiver

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