10 Best Bow Stabilizers For Hunting [Buying Guide]

Best Bow Stabilizers For Hunting

If you would like to know which stabilizer was my favorite for hunting, then I would highly recommend the EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer.

If hunting is your thing, then you will already know that wobbly aim and a noisy shot can hurt your chances of taking down your prey.

You have waited patiently for hours for your game only to find that you either missed the shot or you spooked it away.

Is this something that you are looking forward to experience?

I guess not.

By installing a stabilizer to your bow, you will improve your aim and also increase your chances of actually hitting the target.

Why?

Stabilizers act as a counterbalance which reduces the wobble intensity while you are aiming and it also reduces the vibration which might steer your arrow off target.

That is not all.

Some stabilizers can eliminate some of the noise that comes from the vibration that originates from the bow.

If you would like to improve your shooting and hunting experience overall, then you need to look into bow stabilizers as they can profoundly influence your performance.

How to choose the right stabilizer?

Choosing the right stabilizer for your bow is not easy, and sometimes it takes trial and error before you find the right one.

And this is why you should try to choose the right stabilizer for your bow from the bat.

Why?

Most people do not have the time or money to test different stabilizers, and this is why I have written this section.

So without further ado, let’s get started with what to look for in stabilizers.

1. What can you expect to pay for stabilizers?

Some stabilizers are more expensive than others, and that is for a good reason.

The average price for a stabilizer is around $50-$60 per item. The absolute least expensive stabilizer is approximately $15 while the most expensive one is just under $300.

If you are short on a budget and you want an inexpensive option, then I would highly recommend the LimbSaver S-Coil which is a good option.

2. What you can expect from the length and weight

The size of the stabilizers listed in this article ranges from 4″ up to 11″ in length and from 3.2 oz up to 16 oz.

If you are hunting in trees or tree stands and you are somewhat constricted into a small space, then you might want to make use of the shorter versions of stabilizers.

For tight spots, I would recommend anything from 4 up to 6 inches to minimize any obstacles that might prevent you from nailing down your prey.

3. Do not forget about wind resistance

Some of the stabilizers in the market have a large surface area which might make your shooting unstable while the wind is blowing.

Stabilizers and wind resistance

The reason for this is that the wind might blow against the stabilizer and put force against it. In return, this will make your shooting less accurate.

This is the reason why some of the stabilizers listed in this article have open grooves which will allow for some of the air to pass through.

If you always find yourself hunting in windy conditions, then I would highly recommend the following stabilizer:

1. EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer (Top Pick)

2. SAS aluminum stabilizer

3. Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer

All of the stabilizer listed above have an open design which is perfect for windy conditions.

4. Noise and vibration elimination

Most compound bows already have a string dampener which cancels out most of the vibrations and noise which can cause problems.

Stabilizers are known to further improve on these two specific functions. Sound and vibration are not different entities as the sound is one of the end products of vibration.

As a rule of thumb, the less vibration you have, the less noise you will make.

Most stabilizers have dampeners inside which are made from NAVCOM (Noise and Vibration Control Material) which can help in eliminating some of the vibrations and noise.

If the bow vibrates even a little before the arrow is released entirely from the bow, then you will not shoot as accurate.

If you are serious about eliminating vibration, then I would recommend the EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer, the Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer and also the LS Hunter.

5. What about counterbalancing?

Bow stabilizers are also known for counterbalancing your bow and making your aim steadier. The added weight at the end of the stabilizer will pull the bow straight down which will in return give you a more constant aim.

Stabilizers counter weight

Usually the longer the stabilizer, the more control it will give you regarding aim, but you need to find a balance between the length and weight because you do not want the stabilizer to be too long either.

This feature works exceptionally well for lighter bows.

If your aim is not steady and you would like to test out a stabilizer, then I would highly recommend the LimbSaver AWS Stabilizer which has three vibration dampeners and one weight that can be adjusted.

Another stabilizer that specializes in balance is going to be the Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer that has two customizable weights.

This configuration of this stabilizer might help you out in finding the perfect balance.

6. Some stabilizers are best for hunting at night

Some stabilizers even have a built-in flashlight that can shed some light on the hunting field at night.

If you like to hunt at night and you would like to have a stabilizer that has this feature, then I would highly recommend the NAP Apache Predator which makes the use of green light.

7. What about video recording?

Yes, you heard right.

Some stabilizers can record your hunting experience.

Stabilizers that video record

The Tactacam Ultimate 4.0 can do just that. This stabilizer makes the use of an HD 2.7k camera that runs 30 frames per second. It also has a lens that will magnify up to 5x normal view to give a more detailed view.

You can also connect the stabilizer to your smartphone to share the videos.

#1 EBBQ Axion SSG

  • Rating: 10/10
  • Cost: $$$
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Length: 4 inches

If you would like to get your hands on a stabilizer that only performs but also adds to the aesthetic department, then you will love the EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer.

This stabilizer can be more expensive than some of the other ones listed here but do not let the price deter you away from at least wanting to learn more about it. There are two sizes available which are the 4 and 6 inch. There are also two color schemes available which are the Realtree Extra and Lost.

What you need to know:

  1. Very nice design. The design of this product stood out for me. Depending on the size, you will get from 6 up to 8 dampeners inside the stabilizer. The design alone will also contribute to the next couple of features.
  2. It provides up to 80% less wind resistance. This small device is an open framework with the dampeners inside which will allow for air to pass through. With this stabilizer, you do not need to be afraid of the wind messing up your control over the bow.
  3. Will shoot with less noise. The dampeners will reduce not only the vibrations but also the sound. Now you do not have to worry about scaring away animals.

This stabilizer is an excellent option where you can choose between 2 different lengths and color schemes. It is also very functional at what it does. Play video below to learn more about the EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer.

What we liked

  • Very nice design.
  • Is functional at reducing noise and vibrations.

What we didn’t like

  • Might get too expensive for some people.

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#2 LimbSaver S-Coil

  • Rating: 6/10
  • Cost: $
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Length: 4.5 inches

If you do not want to spend a lot of money on purchasing a bow stabilizer that can still do the work, then I would highly recommend the LimbSaver S-Coil Bow Stabilizer. This product is not that expensive and is also the least expensive option in this listing. This stabilizer comes in 9 colors which are ideal for those that want a variety of colors to choose from. This stabilizer also weighs 4.5 oz with a length of 4.5″.

Below are some of the features that you will love:

  • Will help to dampen the vibration and sound. This stabilizer is made out of NAVCOM material which is known to absorb vibration. Now you can shoot with more accuracy with less noise.
  • Is small and lightweight. This stabilizer will not take much of the needed room when you are hunting. Nothing is worse than a long stabilizer that will hinder your moving capability.
  • Is very easy to install. Just screw the stabilizer onto your bow. Now you can focus more time on that which is important.

This is a pretty good entry level stabilizer ist are ideal for those that have a limited budget. This stabilizer is highly recommended for beginners and professionals alike.

What we liked

  • Is very inexpensive.
  • Cancels out some of the noise.
  • Is small and compact.

What we didn’t like

  • Might be a little too light to make a huge difference in counterbalancing.

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#3 SAS Aluminum Stabilizer

  • Rating: 7/10
  • Cost: $$
  • Weight: 5.3 & 6.5 & 10 ounces
  • Length: 5 & 8 & 11 inches

If you want to get your hands on a stabilizer that also takes wind into consideration, then you will enjoy the SAS Aluminum Stabilizer. This stabilizer is a little bit more expensive than the Limbsaver, but you also get to choose from 3 sizes. There are also 2 colors available which are black and camo. It is easy to install and also cancels out some of the noise when shooting.

Some of the features that I know you will like:

  • It allows for air to travel through. This can especially be useful when hunting in windy conditions. Now you do not have to worry that the wind might cause the stabilizer to make your bow unstable.
  • Will cancel out most of the vibration. Now you do not have to worry about making a lot of noise or missing your target because of the inaccuracy that is being caused by vibration.
  • Has multiple sizes to choose from. Now you can choose between the sizes small, medium and large for your hunting needs.

This stabilizer works great in reducing noise and vibration. It also acts as a counterweight to better balance the bow. You also have a lot of sizes to choose from. This stabilizer is best suited for those that are hunting in windy conditions.

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#4 Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Cost: $$
  • Weight: 3.2 & 4.8 ounces
  • Length: 6 & 9 inches

If you would like to have some control over the balancing weight of a stabilizer that also comes with more very useful features then you will love the Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer. Guesswork is simply not in the equation when wondering how this stabilizer will help you. It comes in both the 6 and 9-inch sizes and also in 2 colors which are black/pink and also Realtree apg. If you are serious about amping up your performance, then I would highly recommend this stabilizer.

This is why I love the Trophy Ridge Stabilizer:

  • Can even further balance your weight. You will get 2 lightweight customizable weight that you can add to the end of this stabilizer by unscrewing the head. This gives you more control in finding that perfect balance for your bow.
  • It allows for air to pass through. This stabilizer has a similar design as that of the SAS Aluminum Stabilizer that will allow for air to flow through. This is especially useful in windy conditions.
  • Has a patented anti-vibration system. This stabilizer features a Ballistix Copolymer System that is a patented coating that cancels out vibration.

Along with the stabilizer, you will also get a braided wrist sling that attaches the bow to your wrist in case you lose the grip on your bow. This product is for serious bow hunters that will definitely amp up your accuracy, reduce noise, stabilize your bow against the wind and will act as a counterweight. Play video below to learn more about the Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer

What we liked

  • Will allow for some of the air to pass through.
  • Come with 2 small counter weights.
  • Comes with a wrist sling.

What we didn’t like

  • Not much to say here.

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#5 NAP Apache

  • Rating: 7.5/10
  • Cost: $$
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Length: 8 inches

If you would like to have an option where you can adjust the length of the stabilizer, then you will love the NAP Apache. This stabilizer comes in 2 color schemes which include black and also a Multicam color. This stabilizer is also not that expensive and is in the same price range as the SAS and Trophy Ridge.

Some of the features that you will love:

  1. Can adjust the length of the stabilizer. This 8-inch stabilizer can easily be broken down into the 5-inch version by removing the 3-inch shaft. This ability is a unique feature that allows you to adjust the balance of your bow on the spot.
  2. It takes out most of the vibration. As most stabilizers, this one also can cancel out some of the vibrations associated with compound bows. Altogether this will result in a more silent and accurate shot.
  3. Can shoot in windy conditions. The design of this gadget will also allow some of the air to pass through which is associated with wind. It will then result in a more accurate shot.

For me, this is an excellent stabilizer which will amp up your game and does not cost that much. The only minor con that I could find was that some people might not like the design. Play video below to learn more about the NAP Apache.

What we liked

  • The length can be adjusted.
  • Will work in windy conditions.
  • Will allow you to shoot more accurate.

What we didn’t like

  • Some people might not like the design.

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#6 LS Hunter

  • Rating: 7/10
  • Cost: $$$
  • Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Length: 9.5 inches

This is not the first stabilizer from Limbsaver as I have already mentioned the S-Coil as a candidate. The one that I am going to talk about now is going to be the LS Hunter. There are eight types of LS Hunter stabilizers to choose from where each one will vary in color. This stabilizer is also more expensive than all of the previous ones mentioned. It also has an option where you can remove the dampener at the end for if you want to attach more weights to it.

More features to consider:

  1. Can adjust the mass at the end. This stabilizer comes with a removable broadband dampener that can be unscrewed. It will allow you to add more weights (not included) to make it more personalized.
  2. A large variety of colors/patterns to choose. You are presented with up to 8 choices in colors and patterns that will range from solid colors to more elaborate designs that bring in camouflage.
  3. It comes with noise-canceling technology. The Broadband dampener at the end is made out of NAVCOM (Noise and Vibration Control Material) material which will give you more control over the bow.

This stabilizer offers superior control and balance to your bow. This stabilizer might be too long for when you are in a tight spot and not best used in windy conditions. Play video below to learn more about the LS Hunter.

What we liked

  • Offers superior noise and vibration dampening technology.
  • Can also adjust the mass with weights.

What we didn’t like

  • Might be too long which will hinder movement in tight spots.
  • Might not be stable enough in windy conditions.

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#7 Bee Stinger Xtreme

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Cost: $$$
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Length: 6 inches

The next product on the list is going to be the Bee Stinger Xtreme which comes in various sizes and colors which makes it a good option for those that wants a large variety to choose from. You will also get three 1 oz. weights which will give you even more flexibility.

More info on the features:

  1. The weight can be adjusted. Along with the Bee Stinger, you will also get three small additional weight that will enable you to modify further the weight which will bring you closer to your desired balance.
  2. It has a large variety of colors and sizes to choose from. You have around 12 colors to choose from and also five sizes which range from 6 up to 10 inches.
  3. Will minimize vibration and sound. This device comes with tech such as Sims Internal Harmonic Dampener that will help in reducing vibration that comes from the bow.

This stabilizer is a very useful stabilizer that comes in a large variety of sizes and colors. The three smaller 1 oz weights can also adjust its weight at the end. Play video below to learn more about the Bee Stinger Xtreme.

What we liked

  • The weight at the end can be adjusted.
  • Has a large variety of colors and sizes to choose from.

What we didn’t like

  • Does not offer any type of air ventilation.

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#8 LimbSaver AWS Stabilizer

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Cost: $$$
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Length: 6.5 inches

If you want to have the ability to move the weight around on the stabilizer where you can easily find the balance that works for you, then you will love the LimbSaver AWS Stabilizer. With this stabilizer, you will have three dampeners and a weight which is located between the 2nd and 3rd dampener. This weight can also move around on the open shaft between these two dampeners. This stabilizer comes in 2 sizes which are the 6.5″ and the 9.5″. It also comes in 3 colors which are Black, Vista Camouflage and also Matthews Lost Camouflage.

More info on the features:

  1. Can further adjust the weight os the stabilizer. You can quickly change the position of the weight on the shaft which will balance out your bow. This feature can be advantageous if you are serious about balance.
  2. Will effectively reduce vibration and noise. There are also three noise lowering modules found on the stabilizer which are made out of NAVCOM.

This stabilizer is one of my favorite which will also do the job. It might not be the prettiest one but will improve your shooting in no time. It might also be too long for when you are in a tight spot. Play video below to learn more about the LimbSaver AWS Stabilizer.

What we liked

  • Can adjust the position of the weight.
  • Dampens out noise and vibrations.

What we didn’t like

  • Does not look that attractive.

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#9 NAP Apache Predator

  • Rating: 8.5/10
  • Cost: $$$
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Length: 6 inches

If you are a fan of hunting at night and you want a stabilizer that also has a built-in flashlight, then you will love this stabilizer from NAP Apache. It only comes in black, and there is only one size. Considering what it can do, it is not that expensive. It is in the same price range as the LS Hunter.

Some impressive features that you will love:

  • Will give you some light at night. This stabilizer has a built-in 3-Watt Cree L.E.D that makes the use of a CR123 battery. You can turn the flashlight on or off by remote activation.
  • It is water resistant. The flashlight is not a standard feature because not every stabilizer has a flashlight that needs to be water resistant. What use is a stabilizer that will get damaged by rainwater?
  • Will shoot silently and more accurately. This stabilizer like most of the other will also help to reduce some of the noise made and even the vibrations.

This stabilizer is excellent and can prove to be useful when hunting at night. It makes the use of green light. Play video below to learn more about the NAP Apache Predator.

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#10 Tactacam Ultimate 4.0

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Length: N/A

If you would like to have a small and compact bow stabilizer that will also record a video of all your shots, then the Tactacam Ultimate 4.0 is for you. This stabilizer does what most stabilizers do, plus the extra video feature. This product only comes in 1 size and color and is also the most expensive option in this listing.

More info on the features:

  • Can record your hunting experience with one push of a button. This product makes the use of a 5x zoom lens and runs with a resolution of ultra HD 2.7k and 30 FPS.
  • Can easily recharge the camera. Along with the camera/stabilizer itself, you will also get a USB cable and wall adapter that will enable you to charge this camera.
  • Can connect the camera to your smartphone. You can do this with the Tactacam App that will allow you to share videos and photos with your smartphone.
  • Long battery life. You can use the battery for up to 2.5 hours until it needs to be recharged.

You will also get a stabilizer mount that will act as a frame in which to put the camera. The mount weighs 4.4 ounces and can be attached to your compound bow just as other stabilizers would. Play video below to learn more about the Tactacam Ultimate 4.0.

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Stabilizer Comparison Table

Product NameWeightLengthPrice
1. EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer (Top Pick)6 oz4″$$$
2. LimbSaver S-Coil (Least Expensive)4.5 oz4.5″$
3. SAS aluminum stabilizer5.3 – 10 oz5″ – 11″$$
4. Trophy Ridge Static Stabilizer3.2 & 4.8 oz6″ & 9″$$
5. NAP Apache4.5 oz8″$$
6. LS Hunter6.2 oz9.5″$$$
7. Bee Stinger Xtreme8.8 oz6″$$$
8. LimbSaver AWS Stabilizer8.2 oz6.5″$$$
9. NAP Apache Predator6 oz6″$$$
10. Tactacam Ultimate 4.016 ozN/A$$$$$

Final word

Finding the stabilizer for your needs can be hard work which also involves trial and error.

After reading this article, it does not need to be that hard.

If you still could not decide on a stabilizer, then I would highly recommend the EBBQ Axion SSG Stabilizer.

Now it is your turn.

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