Is There Any Way to Reduce the Draw Length of the High Country Bow?

by Eric Cedric

High Country Archery is a producer of hunting archery supplies. In the company's line are a range of compound hunting bows. The bows use individual limbs attached to the main shaft. High Country designs the bows to have adjustable draw lengths. Depending on the bow the draw length rating varies between 30 to 80 pounds. The adjustment is made using a small hex screw on the cam. It helps to first know your optimal draw length before adjusting.

Finding Your Draw Length

  1. Hold your arms straight out from your body while standing upright. Measure the distance between your extended arms, in inches.

  2. Add 2 inches to the measurement and then divide the total by 2.5. For example, if you have an arm measurement of 65 inches, add 2. The total is 67. Divide this by 2.5 for a result of 26.8 inches.

  3. Take the result of your personal measurement and calculations and use it as your arrow length and your optimum draw length.

Adjusting the High Country Draw Length

  1. Place the hex wrench into the small screw in the center of the upper cam off the bow string.

  2. Turn the screw clockwise to decrease the draw length or counterclockwise to lengthen/increase. The High Country cam screw is calibrated to move in increments. Feel the screw hit the increments as you slowly turn.

  3. Stand up into the ready/firing position when you finish reducing the draw length. Draw the string back. A correct draw length has the string at the apex (where the fingers hold the arrow) at the lower jaw.

Items you will need

  • Tape Measure
  • 3/16 Allen wrench


  • When testing the draw length, don't dry fire the string. Damage or eye injury may occur.

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.