Anybody bowhunt?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by MandyH, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I need some help. Me and DH bought new Hoyt Magnatecs a few years back when they first came out with them. Well after having all the heart trouble I did after having our child, i can't pull back quite as much as I could when I bought it. I think it's a 60-70 pound, but I have it cranked down about as low as it will go, and anybody that hunts knows that a bow cranked way down affects its performance. What are my options (if there are anymore) besides buying a new bow, or buying new limbs to make it lower poundage, but still perform good.
  2. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    Both the hubby and I do. Im more of a recurve'er but the hubby is a compounder. I think you have nailed the only options you have. Most women only have a 30-40 lbs pull range and above average women only going to 40-50 lbs. Bows are adjustable over a 10-14 lbs range and as you stated work better at the upper end. For example if you would like to shoot 60 lbs it is better to choose a 45-60 lb bow then a 55-70 lb one backed down to 60 lbs. People just starting out can increase the poundage they can handle by about 10 lbs with daily practice for 2-3 weeks. If I was you I would sell the one you have and get one closer to your pull weight.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I started out with a 40 pounder at first YEARS ago then moved up to the 60-70 because that's what I was comfortable with. NEVER expecting to have heart failure and be weaker, you know. Bows lose their value SO fast and I was really wanting to TRY to do what I could to keep the one I had and make it work. Oh well, I see a new bow in my future LOL. I wonder if I could get my birthday present WAY early?!?!?! Those new Quest bows I see on the hunting channels look great.
  4. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    I bowhunt! I only use a cheap bow and a 35 lb draw. Believe me, I get deer. I won't need to get a new bow until this one shatters. I've had success with it so I can't see spending big money to get something with more bling. I've heard those Hoyt's are really awesome tho. Will you stay with Hoyt? There's so many good brand names out there, how will you decide.
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    IDK, I REALLY like that Hoyt bow, and back in the day it cost a LOT of cash. Of course I can take all my accessories off this one and transfer to a new one, but still a naked bow is outrageous these days. I went pistol shopping today just for the heck of it and crap they've gone up in the last couple months.
  6. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    I love to bow hunt, but figured out early on after losing a deer, that I can't hold a draw on a 60 pound bow a long length of time while waiting for that perfect shot or release and repull if necessarry. My arm just gets way too tired. I am much more comfortable in the 40-50 pound range and I know I can hold it or repull if necessarry. My DH says I could if I practiced with it everyday, but who has the time, lol.
  7. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    I understand how getting hurt tosses a hitch in plans. This past October while hunting Elk up here on Afognak Island I fell off a 12+ ft cliff. I am almost done with all the surgeries I need to fix the broken nose, cheek bones, torn rotator cuff, two torn acls along with the pinched nerves and two cracked lumbar vertebrae. The sad thing is today is opening day for moose and I am just ticked I am not back to 100% yet.

    Ebay has some deals on bows every now and again a guy at the F.D. just got a killer deal on a Mathews DXT with rest, stabilizer, quiver and carbon fiber arrows for $450 ~ $500 with shipping to here. Not bad for a bow that is right at $860 for just the bow. Craigslist and pawn shops are always a good place to look as well.

    ETA I just looked on ebay and it has three ladies Hoyts on it right now from $102 - $325
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I looked at the bows on ebay and I do not want one that's 30-40 pounds. That's a little low for me. And now's NOT the time to be looking for a deal on a bow. Our deer archery season opens Oct. 1st. I have been doing great shooting the one I've got, I just can't shoot more than about 30 times without being worn out. I can group all arrows in one dot on our Block target, and I have no doubt I can kill something with it, I just want to go back down tho the 50-60 pound range. The little archery shop we have always used just closed, and the guy who owned it would have traded out with me on another bow. Now all we have is the big retailers that simply want to sell you a whole new rig.
  9. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    You wanted ideas and options and plenty of people have given some. It sounds like you doing well with the one you have and will soon work your way back up to being full draw weight if you are already able to pull it 30 times and are having great groups. Not all ladies bows are only 30-40 lbs the Mathew's Passion is 30-70. I didnt take the time to look at the draw weight for you on the ones I mentioned. No need to be snide on those who took the time to try and help out.
  10. Buckhorn Farm

    Buckhorn Farm OLD Country Girl

    Mar 30, 2009
    North Florida
    Hi MandyH...I am 54 years old 5'2" 105 lbs. I have a Parker Micro Phoenix 40-50 and I love it. My DD and SIL both have a Parkers, DH had a Hoyt, gave it to my son. Now DH has Mathews. Just find what fits you is the main thing and enjoy.

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