The moment you get your very first bow, you develop an intimate connection with it. Apart from shooting, you must think of how to store it. You will start wondering if you have to unstring the bow after every use or think of how you need to transport it. However, it isn't really complicated when it comes to caring about your bow and arrows. All it requires is a method of storing and a bit of care while transporting it.
Compound bows usually remain strung and hence, the bow case should accommodate the structure of the strung bow. But recurve bows need to be unstrung once the shooting session is over.
Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to storage and transportation of bows in archery. Nonetheless, you must never ever leave your bow case in a damp such as a garage, basement or a shed or even in a hot car, no matter what kind of bow case you own. High temperatures and moisture could warp the limbs of the bow and cause permanent damage to it. Hence, you must always plan to store your bow somewhere secure and safe.
If you use a takedown recurve bow, you would definitely want to have this one! They are great for portability, allowing you to pack the sight, riser, the limbs, the arrow tube and other accessories of yours. These cases are comfortable, durable and light. They are tailor made for transportation through public means. However, these cases can't be checked in airplanes as they do not have enough protection for the bow.
This one is a good option for shooters who wish to make sure that their compound bows and recurve bows and other accessories are protected well. Hard cases are generally made of highly dense plastics which can withstand considerable amounts of stacking and dropping even if other heavy objects are piled upon them. If you are an archery shooting for recreation, you would not really require a hard case or even if you do, one case would be enough. However, if you plan of competing frequently, you would have to go for a double case which would accommodate both the primary bow as well as the backup bow. The main problem with these cases is their weight, they are very heavy and bulky.
Such cases are commonly made of heavy duty fabrics and come with a foam padding. They are made specifically for compound bows. The shape of the case depends on the style of bow you carry and the materials you wish to store during the travel. Most archers use a telescopic tube or a case to transport arrows and store it with the bow if there is space in the case. If not, the tube is carried separately. The main advantages: they are light and they have plenty of pockets and storage to organise the accessories. But you should not check in a soft case for air travel.
We consider this option the best for professional archers who often travel to competitions or hunts around the country. This type of cases is strong enough to protect 1 or 2 bows while travelling by air. It is lighter than a hard plastic case and it is much more versatile. There are lots of pockets and you can even carry some clothing in it.
Other considerations for storage
Many hard cases have inserts made of foam. You can cut and shape them to match the structure of your gear, like your sight for instance. But if you go for high quality equipment, you would notice that a few accessories come along with cases of their own. You need to decide if you want extra cases or stuff everything in one single case.
Moreover, you would also require space for tackle box which contains nicks, glue, screws, wrenches, serving thread and various other tools which archers have with them. A tiny, nicely packed tackle box could also fit in the case. All in all, when selecting a bow case which you would carry on road trips, you need to ensure that you have enough space to stuff archery equipment of yours.