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for the bowhunters who are still able to draw , shoot and hunt with a bow be happy or maybe still feel blessed you can still use a bow . but if you see a old guy with a x-bow just remember that old dude just might have been a long time bowhunter who has a health issue now . i had the privilege to shoot bows with a archer a few times who was know as the best target archer in America back in the 60`s he shot 300`s with a recurve bow with no peep and with his fingers not a release , now days Jim just x -bow hunts but he still misses and dreams of drawing his old Wing recurve bow , sharpening and using Zwickey broadheads for a few more bowhunting seasons. > SO just remember someday you may still want to bowhunt during those wonderful fall days with a drawn- bow and shoot but because of your health you have to either quit or use a x-bow. think about it ? > we all wear out sooner or later ? good luck in the future ,Pete53


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My days with my Elite GT500, with 90 pound limbs, are definitely over. Last year I picked up a new Elite EnKore with 60 pound limbs, what a great bow! And when presented with a Ravin R26 package for a couldn't pass up price, bought that too. I fit pete53's description, busted up old fart that still loves to be out and in it. I look at the Ravin as another tool to be used to keep me going. I've tried and tried recurves and decided it's better for the deer if I don't use one and my primary bow will be the EnKore. But I do like knowing the Ravin is there if I decide to try that too. I did get Ravin's 500gr arrows to use with the 125gr Rage as I like heavy arrows. They help quiet your set-up and have more energy. But what I like the most, is the ability to make it what you want from it and there's pretty much no wrong answer as long as it's legal and ethical.


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I love bowhunting and do it quite a bit each year. After shoulder surgeries on both sides, the amount I can practice and the distances I comfortably shoot has decreased (most of my practice is at 40 as opposed to 60). I picked up a crossbow for Christmas as the writing is on the wall. I won’t shoot it further than I presently would with a vertical bow….but I don’t have to worry about drawing a bow in cold weather further damaging my shoulders. Our season is such that it’s not legal until the rut which means I’ll continue to hunt the month of October with a vertical bow-which is in many ways my favorite time (bachelor groups are patternable, temps are comfortable and our bowhunting plots are crazy productive (I’ve never not had a shot opportunity). As I’ve gotten older, harvesting an animal is far less important than enjoying the fall colors and watching animals interact. A crossbow will simply allow me to extend the years I can bow hunt without further damage/pain.

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one thing most archers have no ideal about is accuracy with a x-bow off hand , try shooting with a bow VS a x-bow. i shot many archery outdoor and indoor shoots in my home state with a compound bow and did well . but now using a x-bow exclusively this is what i have noticed i was more accurate with a compound at all distances compared to off hand shooting a x-bow. before you get negative with what i posted try a x-bow at these distances off- hand you will find the x-bow is hard to handle off hand for many of us . so don`t think its a walk in the park using a x-bow either and then add your handi-cap and its no advantage.


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During the archery season, I hunt bear with a bow but I still prefer a rifle. It has far better balance and is easier to maneuver through the bush

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Good luck I hope that you enjoy it.

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Originally Posted by pete53
one thing most archers have no ideal about is accuracy with a x-bow off hand , try shooting with a bow VS a x-bow. i shot many archery outdoor and indoor shoots in my home state with a compound bow and did well . but now using a x-bow exclusively this is what i have noticed i was more accurate with a compound at all distances compared to off hand shooting a x-bow. before you get negative with what i posted try a x-bow at these distances off- hand you will find the x-bow is hard to handle off hand for many of us . so don`t think its a walk in the park using a x-bow either and then add your handi-cap and its no advantage.



Buy a well balanced bow that is not front heavy and get back to me. A quaiity reverse draw bow has almost perfect balance.

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