5 Great New Bows for 2017

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Have You Shot Any of These Bows Yet?

Hoyt Pro Defiant

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1 | Hoyt Pro Defiant

It goes without saying, Hoyt always makes a good bow. That much we know. The Pro Defiant Series bow is a continuation of the great foundation they’ve already built, but with some innovative changes. Simply put, this is a great bow. It shoots great and feels smooth.

Speed: 331 fps

Brace Height: 7 inches

Weight: 4.2 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 30.5 inches

MSRP: $999

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Elite Option 7

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2 | Elite Option 7

This is a great new flagship bow offered to the public by Elite. The Option 7 is a solid bow. Peak weight options include: 50, 60, 65, 70, and 80 pounds. And for you southpaws out there, it comes in left-handed options, too — not just right-handed ones. This is a great bow.

Speed: 332 fps

Brace Height: 7 inches

Weight: 4.3 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

MSRP: $1,349

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Bear Legend Series LS6

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3 | Bear Legend Series LS6

The new Bear LS-6 is a burner. It’s a very fast-shooting bow. Plus it’s accurate. Hard to beat. This bow features 70 percent let-off and has 45-60 and 55-70 draw-weight ranges.

Speed: 355 fps

Brace Height: 5 inches

Weight: 4.2 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 32.25 inches

MSRP: $899.99

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Obsession Turmoil

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4 | Obsession Turmoil

The Obsession Turmoil is just one of those bows you love to shoot. It feels and shoots great. I shot this bow, and let me tell you, it's one of the smoothest I've ever tested. Low vibration. Solid back wall. Draw length has a range of 25 to 30.5 inches with 80 percent let-off. Draw-weight options come in 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds.

Speed: 350 fps

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Weight: 4 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 33.2 inches

MSRP: $699

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X-Pedition Denali

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5 | X-Pedition Denali

This was a favorite for many at the show. And for good reason, too. The new X-Pedition Denali is a solid bow. It’s also the lightest of the compound bows on this list. It has 80 percent (adjustable) let-off and comes in 45-, 55-, 60-, 65-, and 70-pound draw-weight options.

Speed: 345 fps

Brace Height: 6.88 inches

Weight: 3.9 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 34 inches

MSRP: $1,049

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Bowhunting is a fast-growing sport. It continues to captivate people who never even thought about hunting, but through archery, became a fan of the lifestyle. Those people are obviously buying bows. And so are those who’ve been a part of the bowhunting scene for years. Regardless of which category you fall in, fall is coming. Do you have a bow that’s prepped and ready for your adventures this season?