portable bow press

Why Do You Need a Portable Bow Press?

I’ll put aside the fact that it’s always a good idea to be over prepared for a minute and discuss the other reasons it’s a good idea to have a portable bow press either in your pack, or at the very least in your vehicle. You never know when something is going to go wrong with your bow and you have to be ready to take on the task while in the field. The one that I carry in my pack and is pictured at the left is the Ram Products Portable Bow Press. On Amazon it sells for $79.99. It sounds like a lot, but when you consider that an average bow press costs a minimum of $250, $80 doesn’t seem like much anymore. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a stationary bow press, but they are cost prohibitive for the average person. Add to that the space factor and it’s a pretty easy decision to make.

 How a Portable Bow Press Keeps You in the Field

If you have ever had you peep sight pop out or your string pop off your cams while in the field, then you don’t need any explanation. You’d pay $500 for a  portable bow press if you were in that situation in early November and had one of the problems mentioned above. Can you imagine watching that buck of a lifetime walk off because your bow isn’t in working condition? You never know what could happen. Let me tell you what made me decide to get a portable bow press. I was walking in to my stand in the darkness of the morning. Though I had walked the path to this stand many times before, there was some brush that I had to walk through to get to it. I got to the stand and climbed the tree. I settled in and waited for the sun to come up, enjoying the peacefulness of sitting in a treestand. Once the sun came up, I looked over my bow like usual and noticed that I no longer had a peep site. If it didn’t happen to me, I would have never believed it. To this day I don’t exactly know what happened. At that point my morning hunt turned in to a morning watch as I reluctantly enjoyed the sights of the morning. Upon heading in from the morning hunt I immediately headed to town in search of a way to put the spare peep sight I had in. If you didn’t notice, yes, I had a spare peep sight but no way of putting it in. How’s that for prior proper planning?


I highly highly recommend that every single bow hunter puts a portable bow press in their pack. It doesn’t take up much room and isn’t too heavy. Though it’s a very slight chance that you will ever need it, the one time that you do will be the one time you most regret not having it. For $80 from Amazon, the peace of mind is well worth the price. You will know that as long as you have the spare parts as well, you will always be able to fix your bow and continue your hunt. Happy Hunting!

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