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Old 01-06-2021, 07:13 PM   #1
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Looking to finally shed the old Bear starter bow and get something a bit nicer. Just started to bow hunt again this past year and would love to hear yíallís input. Iíd be ok spending 500-1000 all in.


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Old 01-06-2021, 08:44 PM   #2
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Iíd be ok spending 500-1000 all in.
I suspect youíre including bow, rest, sight, and peep. Are you accounting for arrows, release, and/or quiver in that price?

I ask because I think itís very reasonable to spend your 1000 on bow, rest, sight, and peep plus setup alone. I feel like the bow, arrows, and sight would be the priorities in a $1000 budget. The others are pretty important, but could be upgraded over time.

How much bowhunting/archery will you engage in? What animals? What style of hunting?


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Old 01-06-2021, 08:58 PM   #3
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I suspect youíre including bow, rest, sight, and peep. Are you accounting for arrows, release, and/or quiver in that price?

I ask because I think itís very reasonable to spend your 1000 on bow, rest, sight, and peep plus setup alone. I feel like the bow, arrows, and sight would be the priorities in a $1000 budget. The others are pretty important, but could be upgraded over time.

How much bowhunting/archery will you engage in? What animals? What style of hunting?


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Iím including peep, stabilizer, sight, quiver... anything that would be directly attached to the bow haha. Iíve got a release and will mess with arrows/broadheads separately. How much does setting up the bow run me?

I primarily bow hunt at the moment so Iíll be out in the field at least once or twice a week during whitetail season.


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Old 01-06-2021, 09:04 PM   #4
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If you are interested in a new bow go to a pro shop and shoot several brands and models and see if any melt your butter. Bows are like shoes- you have to find the one that fits you. I would recommend selecting a top quality, major brand bow.

If you are looking for a used bow I would look at Archery Talk. Lots of time you can get a "last year model" NIB at a great savings. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:00 PM   #5
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Based on your post, and budget, don't overlook a Hoyt Torrex package. @$699 on a rigged bow, another $120 for release and arrows.
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Old 01-07-2021, 02:57 PM   #6
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Your gonna get responses all over the map. Iíve shot bear bows since around 2007 and have never had an issue. You may look into a higher end bear. I currently shoot the cabelas insurgent hc hybrid cam. Made by bear archery. I do all my own work and set it up how I like.
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Old 01-07-2021, 03:51 PM   #7
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I would try to look for a higher end bow that is a few years old. Bow's depreciate tremendously in the first few years. You could easily get a full set up for your budget.
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Old 01-07-2021, 05:43 PM   #8
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If you have the capability to set the bow up yourself (you have a press, for starters) it is a lot easier to meet your $1k number, as you can find new last-year-model bows like Elite for less than $500 and then add pre-owned sights etc.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:25 PM   #9
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If you have the capability to set the bow up yourself (you have a press, for starters) it is a lot easier to meet your $1k number, as you can find new last-year-model bows like Elite for less than $500 and then add pre-owned sights etc.

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Old 01-07-2021, 07:56 PM   #10
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If you are interested in a new bow go to a pro shop and shoot several brands and models and see if any melt your butter. Bows are like shoes- you have to find the one that fits you. I would recommend selecting a top quality, major brand bow.
This^^

Go shoot some different brands, for me it was the PSE BowMadness, I am deadly with that bow. Been shooting the same one for 12 years. Think you can get a new one loaded for around $700-$800
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:09 AM   #11
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Which bear bow are you currently shooting? Whats wrong with it?
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:14 AM   #12
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I would go to archery talk and find a used. Bow. In your price range if you buy new all it will be is another starter bow
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:18 AM   #13
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Donít forget to cruise the classified section here.

Members post some really nice bows on it that may fall in your price range.


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Old 01-08-2021, 09:25 AM   #14
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Donít forget to cruise the classified section here.

Members post some really nice bows on it that may fall in your price range.


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Exactly - With your budget, your best bang for your buck is a flagship bow that is 2-3 years old.

I know this one sold already but as an example of what to be looking out for:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=788315
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:27 AM   #15
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I bought this one from Hardware on here back in October and love it.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=783682
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:41 AM   #16
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Yea I would watch the classifieds here as well. You'll find a very nice bow in that price range.
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Old 01-08-2021, 10:13 AM   #17
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Which bear bow are you currently shooting? Whats wrong with it?

Iím shooting a Bear Strike. Nothing is severely wrong with it, but it seems a tad outdated. Itís a bit heavy, loud, etc. Im a solid shot with it.


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Old 01-08-2021, 10:52 AM   #18
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I currently shoot a Mathews z7 Extreme. I know it’s a little bit older, but it is light and super quiet. You should be able to get one bare bones under $500 then rig out to your liking easily under your budget.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:21 PM   #19
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I prefer to buy new just because I like having a warranty, I’ve had bow issues before on used bows (some my fault, some not) and they obviously weren’t covered. Best thing in my opinion like others said is to just go and shoot some yourself. Shoot them all without having any preconceived notions on what you want. Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:19 AM   #20
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2nd the suggestion for the classified section on AT (or here). Got a fully loaded Elite energy for $600 a couple of months ago and it has been great.
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Old 01-17-2021, 03:28 PM   #21
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I picked up an Athens Ridge 32 last year and have really enjoyed it so far. Easy draw on my bad shoulder. Affordable and easy company to deal with.


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