Skip to main content

6 New Bows That Will Help You Tag Your Buck This Year [PICS]

With so many great bows on the market, there’s lots of options for the bowhunter. Here are seven that will help you put some bone on the ground this year.

Though it’s getting close to go time, there’s still opportunity to do a little window shopping (something people did before the Internet) to decide what your weapon of choice will be.

Archery technology has come a long way in the past 10 years and as hunters and consumers, we win. The deer? Not so much.

The challenge with deciding on a bow is that it’s a truly subjective process…as most articles on the subject will admit.

Do you need more kinetic energy for big game? A smooth draw cycle for when you’re bundled up in the dead of winter? A short axle to axle because you spend most of your time in a blind? No one can make the decision for you.

With that in mind, I present to you the flagship models from six well-known bow manufacturers (and one maybe not so new) with no editorializing or hype…just data.

Wait, that’s a total of seven bows! Doesn’t the title read ‘six?’

Yes. Yes, and keep reading.

 Prime Rival – $1,199

Rival-Black-Bow
Prime

Let-Off: 85%

Axle to Axle: 35″

Brace Height: 6 1/4″

IBO: 340 fps

Bowtech Prodigy – $1,099

Bowtech Prodigy
Bowtech

Let-Off: 80%

Axle to Axle: 32″

Brace Height: 7″

IBO: 343 fps

Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo – $1,449

carbon-spyder-30-xtra-black
Hoyt

Let-Off: 75%

Axle to Axle: 33″

Brace Height: 6″

IBO: 350 fps

Martin Condor – $999

condorve-bow
Martin

Let-Off: 80%

Axle to Axle: 40″

Brace Height: 7″

IBO: 330 fps

Mathews No Cam HTR – $1,099

NoCamHTR
Mathews

Let-Off: 85%

Axle to Axle: 32″

Brace Height: 6 5/8″

IBO: 330

PSE Full Throttle – $1,099

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality
PSE

Let-Off: 70%

Axle to Axle: 33 1/4″

Brace Height: 5 1/2″

IBO: 370 fps

Your Current Rig – $______question-mark-256

Let-Off: __%

Axle to Axle: __”

Brace Height: __”

IBO: __fps

Why the big mystery on the final bow? For all the stats and marketing behind the flagship models, still the best bow is the one you own, know and practice regularly with.

Equipment can improve your shooting, but not to the degree that honing your skills will. Maybe you’ll drop a grand on a new rig before season starts this year, but you don’t have to. Getting the most out of your current bow by becoming a better archer is the best way to put deer on the ground this coming season.

There’s nothing wrong with a new bow though. If you decide to go that route, do yourself a favor and swing on down to your local archery shop and spend some time shooting the options before you pull the trigger.

A new bow or not, it’s the shooter that makes the shot and brings home the trophy.

NEXT: Can You Actually Land a Goliath Grouper with a Handline? [VIDEO]

you might also like

6 New Bows That Will Help You Tag Your Buck This Year [PICS]