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Old 07-30-2018, 11:12 AM   #1
GoBears870
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I am finally going to upgrade soon from my 18-year-old PSE Whitetail Extreme. It's not adjustable enough for my wife or a neighborhood kid to take, so I've given thought to selling it to get a little cash towards my next bow, trading it in at Bass Pro for a little less, or just holding onto it as a backup. Although the last idea sounds good in theory, I'm not sure I'd like to be out on public or a backcountry hunt with another bow sitting in my truck. How many of you hold onto old bows for this purpose?
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Old 07-30-2018, 11:20 AM   #2
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It's a good idea. Never know when ur bow might b damaged and have to go home or try to find a place to fix it in the middle of nowhere
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:53 AM   #3
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I can't sell my 2015 RPM 360 on here if that helps.

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Old 08-01-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
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I do, started doing it after a trip to Wisconsin in the late 80's when I had a string break.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:25 AM   #5
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Last year during thanksgiving I broke a string and didn't have a back up and I hunt on a archery only lease. It took 3 weeks to get my bow back so I now have a back up.
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:59 PM   #6
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I keep a backup. Generally, it’s a target bow that I can quickly put into service for hunting should I need to. At the moment, I still have my hunting bow from before buying the triax this year. Considered keeping it as a dedicated backup hunting bow, but I’m probably going to sell it after all. I can’t imagine not having a backup at this point.

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Old 08-01-2018, 03:44 PM   #7
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Keep it as a back up


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Old 08-01-2018, 03:50 PM   #8
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I used to keep a backup bow, when I hunted out of state. That's probably over at my age, and if something breaks now I'll just get it fixed and hunt some more later.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:34 PM   #9
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I have had back ups from buying newer bows, BUT (knock on wood), I have never used or taken one on any hunt I have ever been to. That includes NM, CO, WY, MI, NZ and RSA and here in TX. My luck may run out one of these days, but I hope not.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:52 PM   #10
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I have several back up bows
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:23 AM   #11
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I keep two or more around.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:30 AM   #12
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Keep it. Had a buddy put his broadhead into my cable 12 years ago. Didn't cut it in two but cut it enough. I had a backup in the truck. If I hadn't had it, the 7 hour drive and PTO taken would have been for nothing. I always take a backup when I go hunting. Doesn't matter if it is private land for a weekend or public for a week. Good luck with the decision.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:05 PM   #13
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my arsenal
#1 heavy arrow hog bow
#2 all around medium arrow hunting bow
#3 light arrow rocket for 3d etc.
#4 bowfishing rig
#5 spot shooter 40 in./7 1/2 sloooow bow

we all know lots of people with an arsenal of guns so why just one bow
#1,2,3 are #3 RKT Hoyts so someday 1 will end up canabalized for parts. till then i'm buying hunts instead of bows.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:14 PM   #14
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if I hunt in the back yard the back up is in the house less than 100 yards away,, if I am at the lease the back up is 3 miles away,, when I go to west texas it is in the camp house or the truck,,, I personally have not needed it but I have loaned it to dummies a few times ( sometimes I take 3 to west texas!)
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Old 08-03-2018, 12:12 PM   #15
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Man, some good thoughts. I just put my bow up on the classifieds. I still think I'll sell it and use my traditional bow as my backup I guess. Got my brain churning though... @Hogdaddy, totally solid points on backup guns and such.
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Old 08-13-2018, 08:38 PM   #16
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I’ve got back bows for my back up bows. I’ve got 6 hanging in my closet now. In the process of tuning them & getting them ready. Just never know what might happen.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:57 PM   #17
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I bought a backup bow just for this purpose. Having a bow out of service at a crucial point in the season can really suck.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:25 PM   #18
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I don’t have a true “backup”. Rather I have two in constant rotation and I indiscriminately switch between which ever of the two has the hot hand.


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Old 08-22-2018, 08:31 PM   #19
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I have two bows, both Elite Hunters, identically rigged except for stabilizers. Why? Because about 6 years ago as I was lowering my bow (only bow) after a morning hunt, the rope broke and it fell about 6-8' and hit a limestone ledge, breaking the top limb. Went to the bow shop and heard the news---"6 weeks to get new limbs and install them." So, I said to myself, let's see what Fred has on the wall in a used bow. Did I mention I'm a lefty? That means there is little likelihood of finding a bow with the right DW, DL, price, etc. Fortunately, Fred had a LH Hoyt on the wall and I was back hunting with only the loss of about 2 days. Vowed to myself, "ain't gonna happen again" and that's why I have a pair of bows, either of which can be primary.
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