When you are out hunting, there are several things you need to consider to get the best experience. As well as choosing the best equipment for your needs, you need to stay quiet, creep up and surprise your prey. You also need to be able to aim at animals of varying sizes, ranging from rabbits, turkeys, boars and elk.
In order to stay quiet, you can install a string silencer of some kind. This is especially important for animals with super sensitive hearing, such as deer and elk. String silencers (or dampeners) come in various shapes and sizes and can be made from natural or synthetic materials, depending on how traditional you prefer to hunt.
When the bow’s string twangs as you release the bow, this can startle an animal enough for it to run. This will result in you either missing the animal completely or missing the vital organs, making it a much less ethical shot. A bow string silencer will help you to overcome this problem.
In order to be able to aim accurately, the use of a peep sight is advisable. This is a small circular ring which is installed in your bow’s string, in order for you to look through the center. It works in pretty much the same way as the rear sight tool on a gun.
Some bows come with a peep sight already installed but if yours doesn’t, it is possible to install one yourself. They come in small, medium and large sizes and each have their own benefits. A larger one will allow you to see through it more easily but a small one will be pin-point accurate.
In order to install one of these devices quickly and easily, you will need to use a bow string separator.
What is a bow string separator?
A bow string separator is a useful little tool, which allows you to easily open your bowstring and install string silencers, peep sights and center servings. It is advisable to fit any new string onto a bow before doing the center serving, so a bow string separator that can allow you to fit a center serving while the string is attached to the bow is vital.
There are different models available, here are just 4 of the best bow string separators available.
The best bow string separators
October Mountain Products EZ Peeper
This handy little product is small enough to fit in your pocket, making it easy to carry around with you if required. It will allow you to insert a peep sight of any size, without damaging any of the delicate fibers on your bow string. You can do this without the need to remove the bow string.
You will not need to use a bow press and as you use this product to separate the string, it will lock it open for easier installation of center servings, peep sights and string silencers.
This model is constructed from sturdy aluminum and is a very handy, durable little product. It really is an essential piece of kit for every archer. There are clear instructions on the back and the bright colour will prevent you from losing it among the rest of your bow equipment.
Hotianq Bow String Separator
This is a lovely little tool, brightly painted for convenience and small enough to fit in a small storage compartment in your hunting tool box.
You can obviously use this bow string separator to install string silencers, center servings and a peep sight and the double-ended feature makes it a very useful little tool. To use this model, you align the pointed end with the center of the string and insert the string lines with the notches. You then twist it to separate the string.
Once you have done this, you place the string into the string receiver at the opposite end of the separator to lock it in place. The bow string separator will now be parallel to the string and will stay in place, allowing you to insert your device quickly and easily.
Neet String and Cable Separator
This useful little U shaped bow string separator differs in style to the previous two models and offers a different approach to archers. Constructed from plastic, this tool allows you to serve the bow string while on the bow, by separating the string from the cables easily and effectively and creating ample space for you to install your device.
Neet has been manufacturing good quality archery products since 1956 and is based in the USA. They even sponsor the Team USA archery team, among other archery programs.
This bow string separator does not come with the serving tool, so you will need to buy that separately.
OMP Ultimate Bow Square Multi-Tool
This fabulous little tool serves multiple purposes, including the bow string separating function. It features a built-in broadhead wrench, which should be used to change broadheads safely without cutting your hands on their incredibly sharp blades.
It also features a nock wrench, which can be used to install and turn your nocks for perfect alignment. Using this will prevent your nocks from being damaged when doing so. The inclusion of a tiller gauge allows you to ensure both limbs are set together to work in unison, important for maximum bow efficiency.
This incredibly versatile tool is constructed from a durable, synthetic material and will withstand the most rigorous of tasks.
Whichever bow string separator you use, be sure to do so. They really are incredibly handy little tools to have among your equipment and without one you will run into trouble. Why pay someone to fit silencers, peep sights and center servings when you can do it yourself for the inexpensive cost of one of these?
Be sure to look after your bow string, by adding some wax into your kit also. This way, your bow string will be healthy enough for you to be able to use a bow string separator without damaging the delicate fibers.