Last weekend I went to the range with a youngster. Naturally he was very curious and asked me a lot of question. One of them was, why there even was a cock feather which needs to be pointed away from the bow.

You are watching: You knock an arrow with the bow parallel to the ground. the cock feather should be pointing:

Well, I had to admit that I don"t really know the exact reason for it. So why do we need the cock feather concept?

Clarification for lay people:

Every arrow has a so called cock feather. It"s basically just the same as the others but in a different color (not necessary but is a common practice). This feather indicates how the arrow needs to be positioned on the bow.

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Often the cock feather points to the left on traditional bows. On compound bows it"s either up or down (can"t remember and I"m not a compound shooter).

This is just something you get told when doing a course. "The cock feather needs to point to the left." But why is this the case?


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Actually, it is done to minimize the possibility that the feathers will contact the arrow rest. Since there are different types of arrow rests, the direction pointed will depend on the type of rest.

The nock of your arrows should be adjusted so that when placed on the string (nocked) the cock feather or vane (the one with a different color) points in the direction that will minimize the possibility of fletching (vanes or feathers) contacting the arrow rest. For example, with a two tine rest the cock feather should be down to pass between the tines without touching, whereas with the Whisker Biscuit it should be up to avoid the stiffer bristles that support the arrow.

http://www.bowhuntingbasics.com/basic_archery.htm

Depends on the rest you are using. If it is a drop away rest than you want the odd colored vane to be pointing down. With a rest like a whisker biscuit it really doesn’t matter which way it is pointing. Most other rests, you want the odd colored vane pointing toward you.

See more: Why Are Agar Plates Stored Upside Down ? Incubating And Viewing Plates

http://www.archerysupplier.com/which-way-should-the-fletching-be-pointed/

The cock feather is pointed down between the prongs of the arrow rest. Traditional archers and some compound shooters use solid rests and the cock feather is then pointed straight out to the side.