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Love shooting the longbow limbs from my Bob Lee P3 on my new Blackhawk handle with one exception.  The P3 limbs have a glossy finish and it seemed really noticeable the other day when I was in a blind on a sunny afternoon.  Need to cover them up with something.

What do you use/recommend in these situations?  Have been looking at the "Limb Leggins Bow Limb Covers" that are available from 3Rivers and a number of other stores.  Also have a couple of rolls of various kinds of camo tape that I can use to face or wrap the limbs.  It seems to me that the tape would act a bit like sinew and stiffen up the limbs  or at a minimum trash the glossy finish which is nice when I reassemble them on the P3 for summer 3D season.

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Put a coat of wax on, and leave it to harden
Remove when ready for gloss....it’s a hassle to remove, but it works

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Like tim says.   

Anything you stick on your limbs is dead non working weight. 

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I’ve done the wax thing. A light coat is all you need.
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Put a coat of wax on, and leave it to harden
Remove when ready for gloss....it’s a hassle to remove, but it works


Sounds way too hard. 

I was hoping you would recommend that I just order another set of longbow limbs from Bob Lee that have the flat finish like the recurve ones that came with the Blackhawk. That way I could tell me wife that "Tim said it's really the only way to solve the problem...."  I pretty much blame every archery related purchase on you already so she's used to it by now.

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Play the sun / shade, like you play the wind. Sun at your back gives no shine. Shade gives no shine. A friend had a similar issue in CO. He rubbed camo stick on the back of his bow. Remember the old camo sticks, like Nam era issue.
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Play the sun / shade, like you play the wind. Sun at your back gives no shine. Shade gives no shine. A friend had a similar issue in CO. He rubbed camo stick on the back of his bow. Remember the old camo sticks, like Nam era issue.


Was a bit frustrated last Sat because I couldn't get both the Sun and the wind to be equally in my favor. Ended up at a location that got the Sun out of my face, but was a bit less favorable from a wind perspective. Spooked several deer on the way out of my blind after legal shooting hours which suggested they probably knew where I was and knew to stay just far enough away.

Think I'm going to try a strip of the stretchy camo wrap on the back of each of the limbs and see if it makes any difference in the way the bow shoots. When I was hunting with my JD Berry Heritage a few years back (before I shot an arrow through one of the limbs) I had it wrapped entirely with the camo wrap, but it felt really stiff when I was shooting it. Never put it on a bow scale, but I suspect it probably added a few pounds to the draw weight.

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Limbsations from here : https://onestringer.com/bow-accessories-and-skins/limbsations/
If you feel like spending extra. They add nothing to the limbs in terms of feeling.

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 Yep coat of wax and just let it dry. Effective and simple to remove when you get ready.
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I have a gloss finish Sarrels longbow that I’ve killed a ton of critters with! It’s never really seemed to make that much difference.

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I agree with Bisch

 lots of glare in the woods
 

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  I don't have an opinion of whether the glare does or does not alarm critters. There is no question it will draw attention though.

  But the question was how to cover up the glare of the finish.
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It sounds like what you “really” want is to get a new set of limbs, so....
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I second limbstations. I've put them on quite a few bows over the years

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Limbstations 🏹👍
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If I was gonna cover them up, I’d probably go with the limbsations also!!!

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I would go with either the wax, or the limb covers. Sometimes things like tape leave a residue when the tape is peeled off that is difficult to remove. I once used a spray camo paint set that said the supplied paint remover would simply wipe the camo paint off. Two bows still have patches of that camo paint, and that is since the 70's. I have hunted a lot with glossy bows without spooking deer, so I don't buy into the belief that a shiny  bow is the kiss of death when hunting.
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  Some of that camo tape does leave a NASTY residue. I covered a set of Groves limbs with camo tape one spring for turkey season. I left the tape on all summer while I was hog hunting and frog hunting and took it off after deer season that year. It was a mess. I personally think the heat here in Texas had something to do with it but can't prove that.
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I say, “why take a chance“ buy an extra set of limbs !
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I personally think it’s the skill you have worked so hard to get that enables you to close the gap while hunting and not the limb covers on your bow. That’s just my experience.
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snake skin works great, just kind of permanent
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