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Canotila
10-11-2010, 08:52 AM
So, I know it's bad to leave a bow strung in storage.

How long would a bow be left strung for in the field, in a military situation? Say, there's a group of soldiers on a maneuver where it's possible they could be attacked. Do they leave their bows/crossbows strung the entire day just in case? After a little practice, I can string my recurve in under 20 seconds, would they have just kept them unstrung and then strung them immediately in the event of an attack?

The tactics are more guerrilla type, bowmen in the woods skirmishing when they engage more than hand to hand.

quicklime
10-11-2010, 08:33 PM
if you hunt all day you would leave the bow strung all day


same here


not months, but days would be fine.

Canotila
10-12-2010, 04:21 AM
Thanks. The only bow hunters I know use compounds, which are strung all the time so I wasn't sure.

thothguard51
10-12-2010, 04:45 AM
Soldiers and hunters often had several bows.