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WORLD TWORLD T MemberPosts: 262 Member
For all of you bow hunters out there, I want a new bow. I sold my learning bow (Martin) the other day. My brother is shooting a Mathews bow. I was looking at a Mathews Creed XS. It's a little pricey, but I want to buy a bow I can hunt with from now on. What do you guys shoot?

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,424 Senior Member
    1960 Bear Grizzly........... :tooth:

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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Not what your looking for but this is my favorite bow.(pic from web)

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    -96 lbs
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,601 Senior Member
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,392 Senior Member
    gator wrote: »
    Not what your looking for but this is my favorite bow.(pic from web)

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    That looks like a self bow.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Bowtech Patriot.
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    1960 Bear Grizzly........... :tooth:

    ry%3D480

    Every time bows come up you post this picture and I effing hate you. Not for posting the pic but for having the bow. i started with something similar. But no a quiver or anything I shot bare bow. I remember tacking a paper plate to a bale of hay in the back yard. I never killed anything with it, mostly because i never got a shot.
    Years later a friend of the family gave me an old Bear, "White tail Hunter II" It was a compound but I still shot barebow and finally started killing deer. Time went by and one day my ego got the best of me and I bought a Martin Predator. My groups exploded so I went back to the so called pro shop where I bought it and was told I needed stiffer shafts and should should use a release. So I ponied up for all that and my groups shrank back to the old paper plate days.
    I've killed deer with it but I still want to go back to shooting with fingers.
    And now my wife wants to try bow hunting. I had already blown out my left elbow and now I've had a damn stroke so my left side is mostly worthless. her idea is I get a crossbow and she takes my bow.
    But your pic has me considering going back old school.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    I shoot a 2013 Hoyt Carbon Element. Prior to that, a Hoyt Vulcan XT500. So far, Hoyt is treating me pretty well. There are plenty of good bow makers out there, including some that are not as well known. The key nowadays is finding the best feature set, which means getting to a good dealer and shooting as many as you can to see which one feels best.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,034 Senior Member
    My bow is a 1975 ish Big horn recurve. It was made by Fred Asbell

    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    That looks like a self bow.


    It's a PSE Sequoia 50# I've never hunted with it......yet......need a lot more practice.
    USMC 80-84
    -96 lbs
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,954 Senior Member
    I don't own one, but the Bear "Encounter" got outstanding reviews for "bang for the buck". If I were in the market for a new bow, thats what I'd be buying.

    Luis
    Wielding the Hammer of Thor first requires you to lift and carry the Hammer of Thor. - Bigslug
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,245 Senior Member
    I have always been a huge PSE fan, there bows are some of the fastest on the market and well built buy some good people. My Son and I both shoot PSE they are great bows, you should check them out.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,088 Senior Member
    I have a Hoyt and Mathews compound along with a Pearson and Bear Recurve. Hunted mostly with compounds my whole life and dabbled with the recurves.

    Currently, I am considering getting out of the compound bow business, sell what I have and get a nice recurve. Just much simpler design.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,648 Senior Member
    Bowtech Assassin now, was an old whitetail II. Really the way bows have been improving so much in the last 10 years it's a buyers market. Choose one based on much you can afford ,and go from there. The shop you buy it from should set it up for you and do basic tuning when you plunk down your hard earned cash.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I have a Hoyt and Mathews compound along with a Pearson and Bear Recurve. Hunted mostly with compounds my whole life and dabbled with the recurves.

    Currently, I am considering getting out of the compound bow business, sell what I have and get a nice recurve. Just much simpler design.

    Not to mention that the carry weight on a recurve (or longbow) is just incredibly light. Of the compounds, which between Matthews and Hoyt do you like better? I'm not brand loyal at all and willing to try a Matthews some day. Despite only having shot Hoyt and PSE thus far.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,088 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Not to mention that the carry weight on a recurve (or longbow) is just incredibly light. Of the compounds, which between Matthews and Hoyt do you like better? I'm not brand loyal at all and willing to try a Matthews some day. Despite only having shot Hoyt and PSE thus far.

    I've owned Pearson, Bear, PSE, Browning, Hoyt, and Mathews bows over the years. Of those, I prefer Hoyt and Mathews.

    When in I get around to buying another recurve........it'll be a Hoyt.

    No CPJ...........not a Black Widow. While I'd love one............I ain't spending that cash.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • justin10mmjustin10mm Senior Member Posts: 688 Senior Member
    I use a Fred Bear TRX, (Team Realtree Xtream). The way bows are advancing it was already pretty much obsolete when I bought it new about 10 years ago but I can't see myself ever needing to replace it. My first bow (still have) was a Bear Whitetail Elite bought from Wall-mart in a blister pack. :jester:

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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,392 Senior Member
    I have a couple of Bear recurves and a 21st Century Super Nova longbow. I'm not a hunter, just use them to shoot targets. I used to be pretty good but have lost my muscles since then and went for a 75# bow to 40#.

    I've also got a couple of self bows, an Osage and an English yew bow that I made. And two staves, a yew and a backed Osage/bamboo that need to be finished, just don't have the room to work on them.

    The PSE longbow shown above looks like the upper limb is quite a bit longer than the lower limb, which I think is due to the angle of the photograph. Although it should be about an inch and a half or so longer because it's meant to be shot with the fingers, and you've got two fingers below the center.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    PSE something. Just looked at their website and my models not listed. It was brand new two years ago. Bow companies are ridiculous with the model changes.

    One is as good as another.
  • Grizz1219Grizz1219 Member Posts: 424 Member
    I shoot a 14 year old Mathews Q2XL, still quiet, shoots 270 FPS with my hunting set up and kills almost everything I aim at... My fault when it doesn't.. But I would look at Bear and PSE....
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,395 Senior Member
    When I shoot a compound, it's an ~ 25 year old Hoyt Pro-Force Black Max, It was their top of the line tournament bow when I bought it.
    I shoot 24" with an overdraw @ ~280fps.

    Back then, they were just beginning with limits on arrow speed, and most were 280-300fps and Hoyt built a bow to stay tournament legal @ 65#
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    The only thing I know about bows is my own observations and what my son in law tells me. He's always been a Mathews man. However, and this is my own guess, like everything else in this world, as time goes on t hings change. Mathews no doubt is still one of the leaders, but reading and watching Outdoor, Pursuit, and Sportsman Channels, I have to believe that there are so many companies out there making good products that are competitive nowadays and there's so many more choices than there were even just 5 years ago, that Mathews probably isn't the sole leader anymore, if they ever really were. However, I would think you probably wouldn't go wrong with one.

    As for me, Native Americans gave up on bows a long time ago as soon as they could get Winchesters and such. Much more efficient. So I'm more of a rifleman. But each to his/her own.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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