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Hunting Bow (Skyrim)

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For other uses, see Hunting Bow.

The Hunting Bow is an archery weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Hunting Bow is quite basic in appearance and uses the Reflex bow design.


Hunting bows are fairly common and can be found throughout Skyrim from from the beginning of the game onwards. Typical locations include:


The hunting bow cannot be crafted, but it can be upgraded with Leather Strips at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.



  • Ironically, bows of this design are seldom used for hunting. Asiatic composites such as these are more sensitive to climate changes and have been replaced by more reliable selfbows, laminates, and compounds. Highly reflexed bows are also more difficult to string and (rarely) may reverse themselves if braced improperly.
  • The bow design bears close resemblance to the Hun reflex bows, used by Hun archers.
  • Most followers will use this bow when given arrows, and not use any other bow you give them unless they have no arrows, in which case they will use default iron arrows. On PC, you can get around this by selecting your followers in the console commands and typing removeitem 10e2dd 1, and they will use both the bow and arrows that you give them.


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