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Commonly-Asked Questions

I have an old Wing bow -- can you give me information about the year it was built?


Can you tell me what my Wing bow is worth?


I’ve heard that Bob Lee invented the takedown bow -- is this correct?


I shoot a compound but I’m considering a traditional bow -- how do I know what draw weight I would need?


Can I use mechanical releases or sights with your bow?


Can I put a quiver on my Bob Lee bow?


I would like another set of limbs for my Bob Lee bow -- do you offer extra limbs?


Can you reduce the poundage of my Bob Lee bow, and if so, by how much?


How long will it take to build a bow for me?


Do I have to pay the entire cost up-front?


Do you have a layaway or payout program?


Performance-wise, how are your bows rated?


I am interested in buying a bow, but I’m not sure what my draw length is. How can I determine that?


How much poundage does it take to kill a deer?


Can I bowfish with your bows?


What’s Bob doing these days?


Do you have a Try-Before-You-Buy program?


Do you offer Shooting Lessons?


What’s the best way for me to see and shoot one of your bows?


All of your bow weights are listed at 28 inch draw lengths -- why is that?


Do you offer left-handed bows?


What kind of arrow speed can I expect from my bow?


What length or bow/poundage should I get?


Which model is right for me?


What options do I have for a custom grip?


Can I change my bow order after it has been placed?


Do you accept trade-ins, or buy back used bows?


Can I shoot FastFlight string on my Bob Lee bow?


Do you build a youth bow?


What type of arrow do I need?


My bow has standard tiller. Can I shoot it 3 fingers under?


I have an old Wing bow -- can you give me information about the year it was built?
Obviously, we have a great appreciation for the sentimental value of a Wing bow. Bob’s personal collection is is proudly displayed in the lobby of our Jacksonville facility. However, we can be of little help in determining the build date. The records for those bows have long since vanished, and the numbering system changed several times during Wing Archery’s duration. Occasionally, the serial number will reflect a “reverse” month and year that the bow was built. But more often, the numbers were randomized and lend very little information as to the born-on date of the bow.

Can you tell me what my Wing bow is worth?
This is another vague area. As with any “collectible”, a Wing bow is worth precisely the amount of money a buyer will pay and a seller will accept. Obviously, cosmetics and shootability factor into the amount, but we rarely offer an opinion. While there are a few models that are considered “rare”, the majority of the Wing collectibles we see today are still available in great volume.

I’ve heard that Bob Lee invented the takedown bow -- is this correct?
That is correct. Bob introduced the first detachable limb bow in 1961 with the Presentation II model, an overnight success, and a forerunner to the takedown bows on the market today.

I shoot a compound but I’m considering a traditional bow -- how do I know what draw weight I would need?
Typically, a drop down of 15 to 25 percent poundage will be comfortable.

I have an older Bob Lee that needs refinishing -- do you guys do that?
Yes, we do offer refinishing. Call us to discuss options and to let us know when you will be shipping your bow.

Can I use mechanical releases or sights with your bow?
Yes. You would need to ship the sight to us so that we can install inserts on your bow. We would also have to add a release loop to the string.

Can I put a quiver on my Bob Lee bow?
Yes. Quiver inserts are required, so we would need to know what specific type and brand of quiver you will be installing.

I would like another set of limbs for my Bob Lee bow -- do you offer extra limbs?
Absolutely! The ability to have interchangeable limbs is one of the great things about owing a takedown bow. If you decide on a lighter or heavier set of limbs, simply contact us. We will instruct you on sending your riser for perfect fit and alignment, build time, color choices, etc. A limb-only order is roughly half the price of a complete bow.

Can you reduce the poundage of my Bob Lee bow, and if so, by how much?
Ideally, we can take off up to 3 pounds to bring the bow into the proper weight and tiller. However, each bow will need to assessed individually. Refinishing usually takes about 3-4 weeks from the time we receive your bow. Contact us for pricing and more information.

How long will it take to build a bow for me?
Production time, of course, changes seasonally, but the average is 6 to 8 weeks.

Do I have to pay the entire cost up-front?
No. We require 50% to begin crafting your bow. The balance is due just prior to shipping.

Do you have a layaway or payout program?
Not at this time, although arguably, our 50-down policy allows for several weeks to payout the balance before the bow is ready to ship.

Performance-wise, how are your bows rated?
Historically, our bows rate among the highest-performing in the industry. More recently, Bob Lee bows beat 12 competitors’ bows in speed tests conducted by Bowhunting World Magazine. We are confident in the performance prowess of our product. Go ahead, Google us -- our shooters love to share their enthusiasm!

I am interested in buying a bow, but I’m not sure what my draw length is. How can I determine that?
You will need a partner to help with this. Draw to your anchor point while your friend marks the arrow at the back of the bow handle. Then, measure the shaft from the throat of the nock to the mark on the shaft. This is your true draw length. When this method is used, many are surprised to find that they were mistaken about their perceived draw length. For this reason, we strongly urge you to have someone help you get an accurate measurement.

How much poundage does it take to kill a deer?
A 40-pound bow is sufficient. This comes as a surprise to many, but the main objective in bowhunting should be to invest in a high-quality traditional bow, but not one so heavy that your shooting becomes unstable. Rob has been shooting a 50-pound bow for many years, and has harvested countless Whitetail, Mulies, and trophy hogs with that poundage. He also elk hunts with that poundage (well, he WILL, if he ever gets enough time away from the shop). Additionally, we have a trophy gallery full of customer harvests taken with 50-pound bows -- or lighter.

Can I bowfish with your bows?
Absolutely! Rob and J.J. are both avid bowfishermen, and both have rigged-out Bob Lees they use to shoot Tilapia, gator gar and more. Let us know that you want to use your Bob Lee for this purpose and we’ll install inserts to accommodate a bowfishing reel mount.

What’s Bob doing these days?
Building bows! Every day he roughcuts, handshapes, finesses and fine-tunes handles and limbs for customer orders. When he’s not actively involved in building, he’s combining forces with Rob to create new designs and innovations. At age 83, he has no intention of setting aside his love of bow-making.

Do you have a Try-Before-You-Buy program?
We are so confident that each customer will be thrilled with their new Bob Lee that we offer a 14-day Risk-Free Guarantee which allows you to return the bow -- in the same condition as received -- within 2 weeks if you are unsatisfied.

Do you offer Shooting Lessons?
We offer on-site shooting lessons for customers who visit our facility, and phone support for those who are not within driving distance. We are available at Trade Shows and Tournaments to provide one-on-one advice, and we will continue to feature videos on our web site that offer shooting tips. Our goal is to provide as much support as possible to our shooters in order to get maximum enjoyment out of their bow. Do not hesitate to call us with questions about your Bob Lee.

What’s the best way for me to see and shoot one of your bows?
The BEST way is to visit us at our Jacksonville facility. This will allow you to see the full selection of models and shoot a variety of bows. If you can manage a trip to the Piney Woods of East Texas, we’d love to see you. If not, you can view our models on our web site, and you can request a free catalog to be sent postal or by email. We also have a list of ready-to-ship stock bows that provide detailed photography of the bow for purchase. If none of these avenues are sufficient, we also offer a 14-day Risk-Free Guarantee which allows you to return the bow -- in the same condition as received -- within 2 weeks if you are unsatisfied.

All of your bow weights are listed at 28 inch draw lengths -- why is that?
28 inches is considered the average draw length, as determined by the Archery Manufacturers Organization which defines the industry standards. Often, the draw length will be listed as 28" AMO, for this reason. If your draw length is shorter or longer than the average, the actual draw weight you will get from a bow rated at 28-inch draw will increase or decrease accordingly. For example: A 50-pound bow rated at 28-inch draw would weigh 47-3/4 pounds at 27-inch draw, and 52-1/4 pounds at 29-inch draw.

Do you offer left-handed bows?
All day, every day! Approximately 10 percent of our orders are for left-handed shooters. We even have left-handed bows available in our stock inventory at any given time.

What kind of arrow speed can I expect from my bow?
This is a very tough question to answer, as there are numerous variables involved in the determination of arrow speed. Long draws and smooth releases will aid in increased arrow speed and vary from shooter to shooter. Just remember that you need to shoot at least 8 to 11 grains (we recommend 9-11 or more; especially with long draw lengths of 29 inches or more, which can significantly increase the possibility of limb tip damage when using a high performance bowstring) of arrow weight per pound of bow that you draw. The answer is not set or simple so we recommend that you contact us with the specifics of your setup and we will try to help you get a good idea of your arrow speed.

What length or bow/poundage should I get?
We recommend that you order your bow length based on your draw length, measured to the far side of the shelf. Refer to our catalog or web site for draw length recommendations. Regarding poundage, if you shoot a compound and are new to traditional archery, you would probably want to drop about 25% from your compound weight. Even if you are accustomed to shooting another type of traditional bow, please note that Bob Lee Bows are high-performance and extremely efficient shooters. As such, a 45- to 55-lb. bow is adequate for whitetailed deer, mule deer and other mid-size game animals. It is extremely important not to overbow yourself by ordering excessive weight. It is a common misconception that greater bow poundage will increase your success in the field. Too often, it compromises accuracy because your draw is unstable due to the increased weight. And, you want to be able to enjoy your bow for decades to come by avoiding shoulder damage.

Which model is right for me?
The first question we ask is: How will you be using your bow ... do you hunt? Shoot tournaments? Backyard targets only? Are you a hardcore performance shooter, or are you more interested in the “look” or aesthetics of a bow? Our takedown recurves are by far our best shooters, and within those models, our Performance Series features the HeavyWeight with an all-micarta riser, and the Ultimate with the Stabi-Lock attachment system. The added mass of both of these bows makes them incredibly stable and efficient. The Ultimate is just that -- the ultimate performance bow with its super-smooth release and exceptional quietness. Speed tests from the Ultimate recorded speeds 10-percent greater than that of our standard models. We also offer short bows for easier maneuvering in blinds and tree stands. Many of the variables are aesthetic -- wood choices, color combinations, streamlined models versus those with more mass. Bottom line: We encourage you to call and visit with us so that we can find the perfect bow and fit for you and your interests.

What options do I have for a custom grip?
The Bob Lee standard grip is considered to be one of the most “natural” in the industry. We have received countless commentary from customers and professional shooters to this affect, so we always encourage our customers to try our standard grip. Still, if you are accustomed to the shooting style offered by a high or low grip, we will accommodate your preferences as long as it does not affect the integrity of the handle. Additionally, if you own a bow with a grip that fits you well, you can send us the bow and we will copy it. There is a $50 fee for a custom grip.

Can I change my bow order after it has been placed?
Within a day or so of ordering, we will email you a copy of your invoice/order for review. You will need to contact us immediately if changes are required, since production typically begins on the day the order is taken. We will make every effort to revise the order if it is not too far into production at that time.

Do you accept trade-ins, or buy back used bows?
No, we do not accept trade-ins at this time, nor do we purchase used bows.

Can I shoot FastFlight string on my Bob Lee bow?
Yes, our bows are rated for FastFlight. Of course, they are also rated for Dacron string.

Do you build a youth bow?
At this time, we do not, for a number of reasons. Since it requires just as much labor and time to create a child’s bow as it does a “big boy” bow, we must charge a comparable price. Depending on the child’s age, many will quickly outgrow their bows and parents are not prepared to invest significant dollars into a “disposable” bow for their child. And, since we not feel there is a high demand for a youth bow of our caliber, we have never constructed the bow presses necessary for production. This is a decision that we periodically struggle with, because we do get requests, but we always arrive at the same conclusion.

What type of arrow do I need?
We are asked this question quite often. Our answer depends on many factors. In fact, it involves so many factors that we would never attempt to answer this except on a one-to-one basis. We believe this could do more harm than good. But, you can call us anytime and we will be happy to help you pair the right arrow up with your Bob Lee. Arrow selection is extremely important in getting the maximum enjoyment out of your bow.

My bow has standard tiller. Can I shoot it 3 fingers under?
Yes. In most cases, a higher nocking point is necessary for optimal performance. We’ll be happy to guide you through any adjustments. Just contact us.

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Bob's Wing bow models have proven to be enduring designs -- and represent the legacy that this early pioneer has afforded the industry.

Pictured at right, the Presentation I boasted an extreme amount of mass via black phenolic, a linen-based resin often branded under the name Micarta®.

This bow hangs in our lobby, where special mounting techniques were undertaken to display -- and support -- this very heavy hitter.