The numbers prove it. Realtree fans north, south, east and west live and breathe deer hunting. These guys do, too. Hansen’s from Michigan, Brantley’s from Kentucky, and chances are their version of hunting whitetails is a lot like yours.
Meitin's Favorite Bows For 2012
My Current Favorites
Being a long-time hanger-on in the archery industry I get to play with lots of gear. From bows to arrows I take advantage of this privilege, making an attempt to test as wide a variety of gear as possible so I can speak authoritatively on any equipment subject. Invariably, as the season developes and I begin shooting in earnest, favorites emerge. Here are my pets from the current batch (all but the recurve available in Realtree camouflage).
I stand 6-feet, 5-inches tall so have a very long draw length. This easily explains my propensity for longer axle-to-axle compounds. Bear Archery Company's Anarchy is just that, a compound stretched to provide added forgiveness and accuracy, while weighing only 3.8 pounds. To my mind its 35.25-inch axle-to-axle is the perfect balance for bowhunting (not target) shootability. It's also fast, 340 fps IBO velocities a product of the company's new Flat Top (single) Cam with 80 percent let-off - a silky-smooth system sans distracting bumps and let-off jars. It also includes past-parallel Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs, silencing Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors, 4x4 Roller Guard and Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets. In short, its long-riser/short-limb configuration and 7.25-inch brace makes it a sweet shooter.
Hoyt's Carbon Matrix is a masterpiece of space-age technology, though admittedly an expensive piece of technology (around $1,300 MSRP). The bow is 35 inches long (fitting my ideal) and weighs only 3.8 pounds. But that's not the entire picture; its Advanced Carbon Technology riser lending the bow a degree of balanced stability and vibration control not afforded most aluminum-riser bows. It's effortless to shoot and dead in the hand on release - while its new RKT Cams and moderate 6.75-inch brace propel arrows to 325 fps IBO. It does this with a draw cycle free of jarring bumps or back-wall surprises. It also holds Pro Lock X-Lite (limb) Pockets, XTS Pro Arc Limbs, Inner Race Bearing In-Line Roller Guard and Stealth Shot (string) Suppression System; all designed to make it quieter and more accurate.
I've always gotten along well with BowTech compounds but admit initial skepticism about the new, 4.3-pound Insanity CPX. It's short (32 inches axle-to-axle), with a low 6-inch brace height (normally indicating a touchy nature). Yet somehow, the Insanity manages to remain forgiving (I've shot 8-inch groups to 80 yards with mine), via its longer-than-average Center Pivot Extreme riser holding short Hardcore Preloaded Limbs. Its FLX-Guard system eliminates torque from buss cables at full draw, its Carbon Rod String Stop making it super quiet for a bow this fast. And fast is what the Insanity is all about - its Overdrive Binary Cam system blasting arrows to 355 fps IBO. Granted, for this speed you must deal with a slightly challenging draw cycle. Most markedly the bow drops into let-off somewhat abruptly - but all that speed really is addicting.
It's no secret I'm a traditional archery enthusiast, Bear Archery's new-style Takedown, at 64 inches (B riser, #3 limbs), has emerged as my favorite recurve, because its one of the smoothest yet speedy single-strings I've shot in ages - including a good number of custom models.