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Hunting & Archery

Best Bow

The most common bows for hunting and target shooting fall into one of four types: long bows, recurve bows, compound bows and crossbows. Each of these bows has there own set of strengths and weaknesses so the correct choice for you will be based on how you intend to use it. Because of their size long bows are relatively difficult to draw, but you can generate a lot of power. Recurve and compound bows can be loaded quickly and a skilled archer can attain a high rate of fire. While crossbows are known for their accuracy, the loading process takes some time and practice. Also crossbows have more moving parts than recurve bows so they usually require more maintenance.

Diamond Razor Edge Bow

Diamond's Razor Edge Compound Bow is a single cam design. This design technology gives you a quieter bow with fewer maintenance requirements. The machined aluminum risers and noise dampening InVelvet coating ensures smooth operation. The modular and rotating mod adjustment systems allow you to make easy corrections to maximize accuracy. This is a well made bow that combines ease of use and accuracy.

Bear Carnage Compound Bow

Measuring 32" from axle to axle, Bear's Carnage compound Bow offers a compact design. However, the smooth draw and reliability means it will not short change you with its performance. Pre-Load Quad Limbs gives this bow added power. The lightweight skeleton cam allows it to have a total weight of only 4 lbs. The Carnage bow gives you power and performance in a compact package.

Hoyt Carbon Element RKT Bow

Hoyt Carbon Element RKT Bow

The trademarked RKT cam with ErgoDraw technology gives Hoyt's Carbon Element Compound bow a very smooth draw. A smooth draw is important because it makes it easier to use and helps you make more accurate shots. The 5 layer laminated XTS PRO ARC limbs give you strength and reliability you need. At 32" from axel to axel you get big performance with a bow that is easy to handle. Hoyt has combined trademarked technology with solid design principles to produce an effective compound bow.

Mission Venture Compound Bow

Mission Venture Compound Bow

Mission's Venture compound bow features the Voyager single cam design. Like other single cam bows, this one allows you to spend less time on maintenance than with comparable dual cam bows. At 30.25" from axle to axle, this is the most compact bow on the list. However, its draw weight is a manageable 35-70 lbs. Extra string suppression and a roller guard makes this bow very quiet, so it will not scare game away.

BowTech Invasion CPX Bow

BowTech Invasion CPX Bow

The Invasion CPX from BowTech uses a technology it calls the OverDrive Binary Cam System. This design can increase your rate of fire while at the same time reducing unwanted noise and vibrations. When you combine the draw weight 50, 60, 70, 80 with an axle to axle measurement of 31-1/32" you get a bow that easy to handle. Accuracy is the bottom line in archery. BowTech's invasion delivers accuracy you need to make the most of every shot.

Darton Serpent Crossbow

Darton Serpent Crossbow

At only 22" from tip to tip Darton's Serpent Crossbow offers a compact design. The draw weight is 170 lbs. but its smooth operations means you may decide you do not need a cocking aid. A quiet crossbow can be almost as important as an accurate one. Keeping this in mind the Serpent offers an integrated riser and string suppressor as well as a barrel dampener. These features do you good job of minimizing noise and vibration.

Maximus Ergo 175 Crossbow

Maximus Ergo 175 Crossbow

The ergonomic features of the Maximus Ergo 175 make it a user-friendly crossbow. It has a 150 lb. draw weight and a rope cocking aid if you need it. Features like the handshake grip, 90 degree butt plate make the Maximus Ergo a natural and comfortable fit. It also has a patented Max-Lite grade trigger with an pull of 2.5 lbs. The ambidextrous safety is accessible for both right and left handed hunters.

PSE Crossfire Crossbow

The aluminum trigger guard and the machined aluminum barrel of PSE's Crossfire crossbow help make it a strong and lightweight tool. Safety features like the reliable arrow hold down and ambidextrous safety lever make this crossbow a good selection for new hunters. A molded stock with a thumbhole grip gives you a comfortable and secure hold. You can get considerable accuracy with the Viper 4x32 multi-reticle scope. It attaches to the crossbow's fixed mount metal scope rail.

Horton Team Realtree Ultra-Lite Express Crossbow Package

Horton's Team Realtree Ultra-Lite Express Crossbow has features that make it an easy to use and reliable crossbow. The aircraft grade aluminum riser and forged aluminum stirrup provide light weight performance. Hunters can adjust the Over-molded fore end to suit their individual preferences. The SIMS sound stumper arms dampen the sounds so you can take shots with less chance of scaring game away. This is a hunter friendly crossbow that is easy to carry and use to use.

Diamond 12 Strykezone 350 Treestand Crossbow

The Diamond 12 Strykezone 350 Treestand crossbow has a very light draw weight of 135 lbs. Add to this an axle to ale measurement of only 19.5" and you have a very manageable crossbow. safety is a top priority with this crossbow which is reflected in the decision to have an Auto-Flip magnetic safety as well as a Cease-Fire loading safety. The Strykezone's kill switch trigger is smooth and fast. Hunters will appreciate the light touch that helps improve accuracy

PSE Mustang Recurve Bow

The Mustang recurve bow from PSE has all the features that make this type of bow a good choice to bring into the woods. The simplicity and reliability of the bow makes it well-suited for new archers. Its relatively compact size at 60" it is compact enough for easy carrying. However, its shape efficiently transfers energy to the arrow for better velocity. It has an easy three-piece takedown for convenient storage. The handle and limbs are made from durable woods so you will have this bow for a long time.

Bear Archery Supermag 48 Recurve Bow

Bear Archery Supermag 48 Recurve Bow

At only 48", Bear's Supermag 48 Recurve Bow is one of the most compact bows around. This makes it a user-friendly choice for trips to the range or into the woods. When you are in the woods the Supermag's accuracy will not disappoint. The maple construction with black fiberglass backing means it is as sturdy as it is good looking. With Fast Flight string on the bow you get smooth, efficient operation so you can take more shots.

Ragim Impala Deluxe Take-Down Recurve Bow

Ragim Impala Deluxe Take-Down Recurve Bow

A walnut laminated riser and a laminated walnut grip make Ragim's Impala recurve bow a handsome tool. This bow looks good, but it also delivers on performance. Brass bushings and pins ensure smooth operation between the clear glass limbs and the riser. You can also improve your accuracy by adding a sight to the brass insert that is provided. With features like easy draw weights and quality construction the Impala is an all-around good bow.

Martin Mamba Recurve Bow

The 58" Mamba recurve bow from Martin is their most compact choice. At less than 2 lbs., it is a light and easy bow to handle in the woods. This makes it a good choice for experienced as well as new archers. The riser is made from Bubinga and Shedua and the limbs are hard Maple for sturdiness and strength. This is a bow that combines, compactness, quality and reliability.

PSE Coyote Recurve Bow

PSE Coyote Recurve Bow

The PSE Coyote recurve bow has a number of features that make it a good shooting bow that can appeal to archers of different skill level. Wood limbs and a machined aluminum riser give you the sturdiness you want without adding unnecessary weight. The take-down design makes it a convenient bow to carry and store. A dacron bowstring will give you reliable performance arrow after arrow. The comfortable plastic grip helps you stabilize and aim the Coyote with consistent accuracy.

Fred Bear Montana Longbow

The Montana Longbow from Fred Bear offers a Reflex/Deflex design. It reduces hand shock so fatigue is decreased and accuracy is increased. The leather grip and arrow shelf gives you durability you can count on. This bow is available in both right handed and left handed models.

PSE Legacy Longbow

The 68" legacy longbow from PSE is powerful bow that can achieve arrow velocities greater than many other longbows. This bow is constructed from a combination of Cherry, Black Walnut and Maple which gives it a distinct look as well as durability. Fiberglass is incorporated into the construction for added strength. The legacy uses the Reflex/Deflex design to suppress the shock associated with a big, powerful bow.

Martin Archery L-100 Longbow

Martin Archery L-100 Longbow

You do not need a lot of extras to have an accurate and reliable bow. Martin's L-100 Longbow has a durable and basic design that is a good choice for archers new to longbows. At 62" it is a little shorter than many longbows so it can be can be a good fit with archers with a smaller stature. With a Walnut riser and fiberglass and hardwood limbs this bow will hold up for a long time.

PSE Wolverine Longbow

PSE Wolverine Longbow

The PSE Wolverine Longbow is the shortest bow on the list. At 60" it is a good choice for smaller people or people with small hands. the relatively easy draw weights of 25, 30 and 35 lbs. are also well-suited for smaller people and novices. It is made from Rosewood and Walnut with Maple limbs for strength and durability.

PSE Sequoia Longbow

PSE Sequoia Longbow

PSE's Sequoia longbow boasts a riser made from Cherry and Walnut. These two woods give you a handsome bow that is strong and durable. The Bamboo and fiberglass limbs is a combination that provides you consistent performance for hunting and target shooting. You can choose draw weights of 45, 50 and 55 lbs.

Bear Brave 3 Youth Compound Bow Package

Bear's Brave 3 Youth Bow is designed with with kids in mind. It is only 26" from axle to axle and has a draw weight of between 15" to 20", so they are easier for small hands to operate. This bow comes with an arm guard, fingers tab and arrow rest. The compact design and safety features make this a good bow for young people to practice their archery skills.

Titan Recurve Youth Bow

The fiberglass construction of the Titan's recurve youth bow ensures it has the strength to hold up to the demanding use of young archers. This bow is fairly compact at 60" so it is manageable for inexperienced and small archers. Young archers will benefit from the 30 lb. draw weight and 28" draw length as they are developing their skills. The molded poly handle grip and arrow shelf allow both right handed and left handed archers to shoot this bow.

PSE Razorback Jr. Recurve Bow

PSE's Razorback Jr. is one of the most compact youth bows with a length of only 54", so it is easy for young archers to manage. In addition to the compact size it offers short draw lengths so archers can concentrate on the fundamentals of accuracy. You can choose from a range of draw weights from 15 to 30 lbs. depending on skill level. The Razorback Jr.'s durable construction means it will hold up to many hours of practice.

Martin Tiger Youth Bow

The Tiger youth bow from Martin is designed to be a young archer's starter bow. With either a 10 or a 20 lb. draw weight it is easy for a young archer to use. The T-Pro single cam and parallel limbs allow for quicker shots and minimal hand shock. Depending on your level of experience you can choose a 14-24" draw length.

Barnett Tomcat Youth Bow

Barnett Tomcat Youth Bow

The Tomcat from Barnett is a bow with a soft touch that makes it a good choice for kids. Since they are new to the sport this bow starts them off with easy draw weights and draw lengths. As their skill level increases the draw weights and draw lengths can be increased. Features like the soft-touch-touch rollers and the rounded cams make this a good choice for young archers who need to concentrate on the fundamentals.

Michael Phelps
I have written numerous fitness and sports related articles for sites like eHow.com and Livestrong.com. I have participated in a wide range of sports competitions including marathons, triathlons and powerlifting meets. As a certified hunter I have gained experience with a number of firearms and other equipment used for hunting.
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