Your thoughts on compound bows

what do you think of compound bows

  • they're fun and good for hunting

    Votes: 58 80.6%
  • they're fun, but too easy to use for hunting

    Votes: 5 6.9%
  • they're only good for competition shooting

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • they're not good for anything

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • other(write what you're thoughts are)

    Votes: 6 8.3%

  • Total voters
    72

gundogs

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I have a compound ( Mathews ) but find myself shooting the old Fred Bear Grizzly more often. I think the compound has more power and shoots flatter but there is more to be said for shooting traditional equipment and shooting instinctive. Just me ........I guess.
 

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I have both kinda compound and a re-curve, I use the compound for 99% of my shooting and then agen I'm only in to archery for about a year now, It takes a lot of practices for any bow, but hats off for those that hunt and harvest with the traditional without sights :archer green: I'm good for about 10 yards with my re-curve of 30lbs, but haven't practice with it much,
I think the compounds are the best thing to get folks in the sport with a little time and right guidance you'll be hitting your mark
 

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I started shooting bows when I was a kid, and started on compounds.
I have in the past 15 years, started building longbows and love them!
Now I hunt with both. Just depends on how I feel at the time.
Both have advantages and disadvantages.

HOWEVER, they are both ARCHERY!
Please, lets not divide the two. Each person to their own!
 

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I grew up making long bows and recurves in school so I've always like the trad bows. I tried hunting with a Bear compound when the wheelie bows first came out but it just didn't feel right for me. I like a simple lightweight bow. The compounds bows today weigh more than my magnum deer rifle and have so many dodads and gizmos on them it's mind boggling to me. I also come with my own permanently attached release, my own fingers.
 

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Trad. LongBow

I shoot a Horne longbow. Managed to get a nice 6X6 this year.
Edit: Sorry, I put this in the wrong forum.
 
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Recurve only for me as it has been since I started 42 years ago. I have 3 Ben Pearsons and one Shakespear. But I don't have anything against compound shooters.
 

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I THINK it depends on your generation. I can't see myself hunting with a recurve. 95% of the people at my local archery range shoot recurves, but when I see someone around my age (20s) they have a compound.

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I have both, love both. Only been hunting with the compound this last year, but I'm hooked. Not because of letoff or any other high tech reason. I simple enjoy it more because the bow is half the length. I go through some knarly stuff when I hunt. It's like the difference between caring a bench shooter and a sporter in the field. Are they easier to shoot, yes but I don't think it make it any less challenging.

Props. to anyone that has the balls to challenge themselves to hunt with either one.

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I think as long as they get people hunting whether trad or compound it is a good thing.
 

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I don't care what type of bow you use as long as you don't point a nock'd arrow at me.

I've shot primitive and traditional and prefer it. I like practicing the technique and am learning to
make my own equipment. I may pick up a compound to round out my toolbox but haven't had the chance yet.
 

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Archery has gotten inside my bones this year and although I get razzed all the time to "lose the training wheels" I do love the CB. Maybe because i am new to the game or maybe because I can't hit a barn without a peep. Bowhunting has been the single most difficult thing i have ever tried so you guys that say hunting with CBs is too easy have my respect. After spending considerable coin on equipment and archery lessons I finally got my bow dialed in and was shooting better than I ever imagined I would. Managed to maintain a 1.5" pattern at 20 yards and my new Glendel 3D was dying from heart & lung shots a dozen arrows at a time. The same day I finally was shooting as good as I ever will...it happened. I went upstairs to take some shots at the 3D from an elevated position (my balcony) and on one shot, realized too late I wasn't in the right position and when I released the arrow, the lower limb hit the balcony railing. I immediately set the bow down and BOINGGGG! Bow is back at the shop being restrung. AUGGHHH!!!!
 

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ouch, Bruce!

Make sure you watch out for tree limbs as well. I learned that lesson with my recurve.

Nice thing about a trad bow is you don't need a rig to restring it. :D
 

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I'm a dedicated longbow shooter. But more importantly I'm dedicated to archery. If something were to happen to me such that I could no longer deal with holding the full draw weight of a bow, and I needed the advantage of let off just to keep shooting I would switch, no problem.
 

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I started with a recurve, mainly because, back then that was the only option (plus longbows). When compounds became popular I bought one, or two, or three......... but I just can't get away from the love of the simple bow. Currently, I shoot a Morrison ILF 49# recurve, but ditto what Bender said.
 

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I learned on trad bows, stick and recurve. It taught me to shoot with instinct... just me the bow, arrow and an educated guess on distance. Its the basics. I then moved into the "dark side" (I kept my old light sabers though) and enjoy it. After getting fair with fingers and a single pin, I moved to using a release and multi pins and a huge window. After years of that, a friend took me hog hunting with me expensive compound get up. I stalked this pig for about 20 minutes in the blind....as my partner sat on a ridge with a clear elevated view and guiding me to the pig. As I moved up to the ridge line, in a 20yd view was my pig. I drew and fired for a double lung pass through shot. Pig down! I looked and my release was hanging off my wrist.....un-used. I just laughed realizing how much I had invested in my fancy compound set up and I still reverted to my learnings. I'm glad to have those fundamentals to fall back on.

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wow i believe that u can consistently get in good range with any big game animal and a bow your a good hunter , ihave trouble mith my rifle haha.
 


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