With the archery antlerless deer hunting season opening Sept. 21 in WMU’s 2B, 5C and 5D, and the antlered season kicking off Oct. 5 over the entire state, Pennsylvania bowhunters should be preparing now for these long-awaited openings.
And every year at this time, bowhunters get the urge to buy new gear, even if they don’t need it. And it’s well-known that archers in general are tinkerers who look to gain an edge with their equipment. They’re no different than golfers who look for that magic club or ball that will give them an extra 10 or more yards on their drives.
Well for the 2013 season there are a rash of new bows on the market, with each promoting their advantages for the hunter to arrow a buck.
Of that rash, here are three interesting compound bows that may pique the interest of those who are looking for a one-up on wary whitetails. That, and an innovative stabilizer that allows easy video shooting of your hunt.
The first of this trio is BowTech Archery’s (www.bowtecharchery.com) Carbon Knight compound. It’s being billed as the lightest compound made at a mere 3.2 pounds.
I checked one out Weaknecht Archery’s booth at last months Lehigh Valley Hunting/Fishing Extravaganza held in Kempton. I thought it was a kids’ bow at first since it was so compact and light. That is until I saw the MSRP price of $849.
The Carbon Knight is as its name implies. It uses a strong yet super lightweight carbon fiber riser. It’s equipped with BowTech’s customary binary cam design and is rated for speeds up to 330 fps. The bow has a 7-inch brace height, measures 32 inches axle-to-axle (ATA) and has draw lengths ranging from 26.5 to 30.5 inches and draw weights of from 50-70 pounds.
Also at Weaknechts was G5’s Prime compound (they gave one away in a free drawing) that is promoted as the most accurate bow on the market. Prime uses their patent pending Parallel Cam Technology that splits the string creating two string tracks to reduce side-side movement (cam lean) for unparallel accuracy.
Their claim to fame is that their aluminum riser is so strong it can hold up to 4,000 pounds as they demonstrated by hoisting a 2,900-pound Jeep Cherokee (see it on their website www.G5PRIME.com).
The G5 Prime is offered in three models; Impact, One and Defy, the latter is the shortest at 31 inches ATA. It’s rated at 330 fps, has draw lengths of 26-30 inches and draw weights of from 50-70 pounds. It weights 4.1 pounds whereas the other two models come in at 4.5 and 4.6 pounds.
Then there’s Cabela’s Regulator that is being sold as a package with sights, rest, stabilizer, wrist sling, quiver, peep sight and nock loop. At a retail price of $549.99, it’s a lot of bow for the money. And it’s made for Cabela’s by BowTech.
The Regulator weighs 3.9 pounds, measures 32 inches ATA, has a 6.5 inch brace height, speed of 325 fps, adjustable draw weights of from 50-70 pounds and has adjustable draw lengths of from 26-30 inches without having to use a bow press. What’s nice about the Regulator is it’s fully loaded and ready to shoot at a reasonable price.
If you’d like to video your hunt but have been put off by the cumbersome contraptions to mount a camera, or even the newest device that allows mounting a Smartphone on the riser, Tactacam (www.tactacam.com) has a better idea.
Their bow stabilizer camera replaces your existing stabilizer and doesn’t add any extra weight or attachments on your bow to interfere with shooting.
The Tactacam, is mounted inside a standard size stabilizer and offers 1080p resolution, one touch power on and record, has vibration indication, 12 mp sensor for low light situations, rechargeable lithium battery, over two hours of record time, is waterproof to 30 feet, is shock resistant, uses Micro SD cards up to 32GB, is Mac and PC compatible and is Facebook and YouTube ready if you want to share your experiences. That, and in comes in five camo colors and black. It retails for $229 from the Arcadia, WI company (618-525-2112).
As for crossbows, there are two that stand out.
TenPoint’s new Stealth SS weighs in at 6.8 pounds, is 34.4 inches long, an ATA of 13.5 inches, a 185 pound draw weight and shoots 420 grain Pro Elite arrows at 334 fps.
It’s a shorter, lighter version of TenPoints Stealth XLT and comes with a 3.5-pound dri-fire-inhibitor trigger, 3X scope and patented cocking mechanism. It also comes with a quiver, three 420-grain Pro Elite carbon arrows and retails for $1,199 with AcuDraw and $1,099 with AcuDraw 50.
For women, young shooters and senior hunters who favor a lighter crossbow, Barnett’s (www.barnettcorssbows.com) Recruit crossbow weighs in at 6.5 pounds, is 34.5 inches in length, 16 inches in width, is rated at 300 fps with a 140 lb draw weight, comes with a rope cocking device and allows for the integration of a Crank Cocking Device. It retails for $299.
There you have the more interesting and latest pieces of archery gear on the market. Now all you have to do it practice.
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