The bow case is the main way in which you will be able to protect your compound bow as you transport it between your home and the hunting grounds. It may be tempting to believe that a bow case is unnecessary and that your bow will not sustain any damage as you move from location to location. But it will only take one instance where, when you arrive you find that your bow has been damaged and your entire trip is ruined.
Your main choice should be whether to use a hard case or a soft case. Naturally a hard case will offer greater protection and may also offer the opportunity to carry more equipment such as arrows and other smaller items. But the costs may be more than you are willing to pay.
Below is a selection of both types of bow cases that you might find useful to choose from as you look for a reasonable way to protect your compound bow.
Hard Bow Cases
Plano Protector Ultra Compact Bow Case – this is a great bow case that has been designed to transport most parallel limb bows. It uses the company’s patented Pillarlock construction which features crush resistant pillars that interlock when the case is closed so that it is completely supported to make it durable and capable of withstanding hard impacts. It represents great value for money and is generally available at around the $30 mark. It is capable of holding bows with axle to axle lengths of up to 39.75”. Arrow storage is provided in the lid of the case. It is lockable and is also airline approved.
This and other bow cases can be found on the Plano website.
SKB Hunter Series Bow Case – this series of hard shelled bow cases have been designed to hold most of the best known compound bows being sold today and they are large enough to allow the quiver to remain attached. The case is structurally supported when it is closed and features an eight point interlocking stacking system. Expect to pay between $120 – $150 for one of these.
Find out more about the SKB Hunter series by visiting the SKB Bow Cases website.
Flambeau Hard Case – this is a large compound bow case that measures 49 inches in length. It features a pillar structure so that when the case is closed it provides great support for your bow. The case also features four locking points to keep things secure and it also has a built in three and four blade broadhead wrench. There is plenty of room to store up to a dozen arrows in the lid and will fit the larger compound bows on the market. It can be found very reasonably priced at under $40.
More information about the products Flambeau makes can be found on the Flambeau Outdoors website.
SKB iSeries Parallel Limb Bow Case – this is described as a case made from ultimate impact strength polypropylene co-polymer for the best possible protection yet it is also lighter than most other cases in the market. It is waterproof and dustproof that uses tongue and groove closure with an o-ring seal. The case features handles on the side and at one end with smooth glide in-line skate wheels at the other to make it a breeze to wheel along. The interior dimensions of the case are 35” x 14” x5” and meets the needs of any serious compound bow owner.
Find more information about this case and others by SKB by visiting their website.
Soft Bow Cases
Allen Gear Fit X Compound Bow Case – this is a bow case that has been fitted with a padded suede lined storage section capable of holding any type of modern compound bow that measures up to 38 inches from axle to axle. It also features 10 accessory pockets for holding numerous small items. It also comes with a removable padded shoulder strap and a rubber carry handle. The bow can be secured inside with tie-down straps. You can expect to be able to pick up one of these cases for between $60 and $80.
For more information about this case or any of the cases by Allen Company you can check out their website here.
Easton Flatline 4417 Bow Case – this is a compact soft bow case that provides plenty of protection. It is a sleeve-style case that is narrow in profile so that it takes up as little space as possible, hence its Flatline name. It provides the bow protection thanks to the high-denier poly construction. The interior dimensions of the case are 44 inches long by 17 inches wide making it large enough to accommodate most makes of compound bow. Accessory storage options have been provided by two exterior pockets plus an interior pocket. The case can be found for around $50 – $60.
For more information about any of the Easton bow cases you can visit the Easton Archery website.
Tarantula Supreme Bow Case – this is a bow case that provides plenty of padded protection for the bow. The main compartment is well padded and reinforced so that the case is sturdy and durable. The case also comes with a number of external pockets in the form of a large zippered arrow pocket and another zippered pocket to ensure there is room for a range of accessories. The case measures 43 inches in length and this is large enough to accommodate most modern compound bows. You can expect to pay around $70 – $80 for this case.
For more information about this or any of the Tarantula bow cases you can visit the Tarantula website.
Plano Soft Sided Bow Case – this is a straight-forward looking bow case that is sleek and slim in appearance but offers the bow great protection. It is a soft-sided bow case that will safely carry your bow to and from the field. It uses High Density Foam to protect the bow and contains an external pocket that will accept the company’s Compact Arrow Case which is not included with the case. The bow case measures 37 inches in length which means it will be capable of taking the shorter length compound bows. This bow case may be bought for anywhere between $70 and $100.
For more information about this or any other Plano bow cases you should visit the Plano website.
A bow case is just one of the many different pieces of equipment the hunter should routinely take with them when they are preparing for their hunting trip. We have also provided a detailed list of items that you should consider taking in our Essential List of Hunting Equipment.