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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by havensal, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I am thinking about getting into bow hunting deer again. :cool:

    What does everyone here shoot?

    Being 6'5" with a draw length over 31" limits my options a bit.

    I need help picking the right bow.

    31" draw
    60lb draw
    medium or hard cam
    something between 30-36" A to A
    75-80% letoff
    relatively short brace height. 7-8" or so.
    Cheaper the better, I want to keep the whole package, arrows and all, under $1k.

    There's just too many to choose from. It's worse than buying a gun. :wow:

    Any suggestions? :wavey:

    I was hunting with an old Bear whitetail II, so I am not biased against cheaper models. :supergrin:

    Might as well post up other suggestions also. Like arrows, releases, rests, and other stuff. I have yet to begin my research into them yet.:faint:
  2. TScottW99

    TScottW99 NRA Life Member

    Jul 15, 2002
    Roanoke, VA
    Best thing is to hit a really good pro shop and try some on for size. Plenty of good brands but each person has their own likes and dislikes.

    If you want to stay under 1K check out Diamond bows (great bows) or Parker (what I shoot right nowand love) Both are good bows and not as expensive as Matthews, Bow Tech and such though Diamond is made by Bow Tech these days.

    Good luck.

  3. Bear SuperKodiak is my bow of choice now; 60" AMO 60#lbs
  4. Sly9mm

    Sly9mm --bored

    Jun 26, 2008
    i went the cheap ebay way-- got a year old pse triton in '06 completely set up for $350, after i did all the research.
  5. I shoot a Martin Sabre. I absolutely LOVE it. 28" DL, 65# draw. Check out martin. They make some inexpensive bows that are AWESOME.

    Look up martins, specifically Martin Saber
  6. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    Add your dimensions, and left handed to boot! talk about hard to find a compound for! Long, long time ago bought my last compound, 15+ years, went to traditional, and haven't looked back. Right now I am using a Black Widow take down, and for backup, have an 70's era Bear Grizzly, and a modern Lightning Longbow. If you can shoot a slingshot, you can shoot a traditional setup. Takes some practice, but in my opinion, well worth the time put in.
  7. Tax Lawyer

    Tax Lawyer Support SCR

    Nov 1, 2008
  8. Man is the black widow as awesome as they say it is? They sure are gorgeous.
  9. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    Man, I will tell you this, in my quest for the perfect bow, after I think seven, or eight, I picked this one used from a guy in Texas. Mind you, I started with the Grizzly, and it was/is great, but wanted a takedown. I went with four different models, all big named brands, then I got the BW. Absolutely no comparison. I'll suffice it to say, if anything were to happen to my BW, another one will be ordered, no matter the cost! My BW is only 45# @ 28" so with my draw is around 50# I guess, and it will spit an arrow faster then my others that were in the 65# range. Buy a BW and have the best!
  10. Bannack


    Jun 28, 2002
    NW Montana
    I shoot a Mathews Drenaline, and do not recomend going the EBay way of purchase. Go thru your local pro shop, and with a new bow you get your warranty. You can find a dealer that will get you into the proper bow and DL.

    I'm pretty comon on my DL as I am 28" DL and shoot a 70# bow. This is one addiction that has me hooked, as I shoot everyday. There is a differance in Bows, pick up all of them and test drive them before you buy, and you'll find the right one the fits you.
  11. doug42

    doug42 glocked&loaded

    May 30, 2009
    behind the trigger
    I've got a Browing ambush with a 72# draw and a 29" draw length. Using archery makes you get up close and personal with your game of choice. Sure you can tag a deer from a couple hundred yrds. with a gun but it's a challenge to have one just a stones throw away. I've tried turkey hunting but they are rather hard to fool to come in close enough for me so far. :eat:
  12. Jeremy_K


    Apr 6, 2009
    I have a 2003 Bowtech Blackhawk. It's 28" ATA with a 28" draw. I know the draw length is adjustable but not sure to what limits. It has a nice high brace height so it's forgiving to shoot. I really prefer shorter ATA bows for hunting, especially from a treestand. The best thing to do is go to a shop that has a range and test them out. Spending time on hunting forums you'll notice that guys start pushing brand names on people which I feel is wrong. Buy a bow like you'd buy a gun. What fits you and your purpose for it.
  13. Jeremy_K


    Apr 6, 2009
    Where in WNY are you? I grew up there.
  14. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    Allegany Co.

    Where about did you grow up?

  15. Jeremy_K


    Apr 6, 2009
    I grew up in the Tonawandas near the Erie Canal and Niagara river. My folks moved out to Cattaraugus County since. Nice deer season Eh? I only got out a couple times because of the balls deep snow. I don't know how many archery shops you have around but there's S&S Taxidermy in Springville, Catt. County. They have a nice selection of quality bows and a nice indoor range to let you try them out. That's where I bought my Bowtech.
  16. i would go with a Mathews bow, iv'e had a few, and check out ebay. you can go on to the Mathews website forums and get alot of good info. usually what Mathews invents others copy. as far as ebay you have to concider what a warranty is worth to you as to buy new or off ebay. the down side of mathews is the parts a expensive and mathews has a monopoly on there parts. i shoot a mq32, an older bow. for a nice shooting no-nonsence hunting bow you can't beat it. very durable, quiet, forgiving, good history, and you can get one rigged off ebay for about 350.00. an outstanding value.
  17. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    I shoot a Mathews bow. I'm a big guy too (about 6'3") and have a 31" draw on my recurve using fingers. But on a compound its a bit less with a release and if you shoot with a release and a loop (and you probably will) it will take a good inch off your draw length. So my Mathews DXT has a 29.5" draw length as opposed to my recurve where I'm at 31". Any good pro shop will let you shoot a couple and be able to give you advice in terms of draw length etc.

    In terms of brands--lots of good choices. But since you are relatively new (or born again) to the sport my recommendation is to let a pro shop set you up with a single cam bow which is easier to tune, keep tuned and stay tuned than the dual cam bows which in addition to being more finicky also vibrate more and are noisier. The bow industry seems to market speed bows every ten years or so and they promote velocity over other comfort factors. Sounds sexy but don't get drawn into this. Its overrated and in 2 or 3 years they'll be back to promoting smooth drawing, low vibration, quiet bows again.

    Several companies stand out in my mind, Hoyt, Parker, Mathews, Bowtech etc....
    I've used a Mathews for 11 years and have been very happy with my MQ32 I bought back in 1996 and more recently the DXT... Short axle to axle bows aren't for everyone and they tend to amplify bad shooting form so if you torque your bow, or botch the release or any other of the dozen or so things that you can goof up the short bows will make you pay for it more so than the longer axle to axle bows which are more forgiving.

    Good luck.
  18. valleyz

    valleyz Problem Child

    Nov 13, 2001
    I went Traditional six years ago and don't miss the wheels....actually I don't miss the weight of the compound. My longbow weighs 1.5 lbs.
  19. Tailhunter

    Tailhunter Glockman

    Dec 25, 2007
    NC/VA State Line
    Seems like good advice .....
  20. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    I shoot a Mathews Outback, 30" with a release and string loop.