Mathews makes headlines with its revolutionary No Cam HTR (shown). No Cam ST Technology uses two circular, concentric string tracks so the string travels at a constant distance from the center of rotation during the shot cycle. Straight nock travel aids accuracy as energy transfers consistently from bow to arrow ($1,099). Of course, top-of-the-line dual-cam fans will reach for the McPherson Series Monster Wake (pictured, p. 44). With a target bow design, the smooth-draw, 35-inch, 355-fps Wake has a 5-inch brace height. The riser is reinforced below the arrow shelf and above the sight mount for added strength to address torque, which pushes weight to 5.38 pounds MSRP: $1,699.
PSE incites serious deer dreaming with the 35-inch Dream Season Decree HD (shown). The height of PSE Pro Series perfection, it merges longer axle-to-axle length with a smooth draw and high let-off. The result: a 345-fps bow that won’t pull off your arm as you try to stay at full draw! At 4.2 pounds, the 35-inch axle-to-axle bow has a 6.5-inch brace height, a 3rd Gen B.E.S.T Grip and a new 3-D structural riser that makes speed easy to handle. A smaller version—the Decree—features the all-new Inertia Cam, measures 31.5 inches axle-to-axle and attains speeds of 355 fps at 3.8 pounds. MSRP: $949 each.
Bowtech’s biggest launch ever showcases the Prodigy (shown) and Boss with innovative PowerShift technology. Remove the set-screw on the cam-mounted PowerDisk, loosen the remaining two screws then slide the disk to choose between three levels to fit every shooter: Performance (speed and power), Classic (power, smooth draw) and Comfort (easy draw). The 32-inch axle-to-axle bow hits 343 fps, sports OverDrive Binary cams and a 7-inch brace height. Draw lengths and weights are 25-30.5 inches and 50, 60 and 70 pounds ($1,099). The big, bad 333-fps, 36-inch Boss caters to long-draw hunters with draw lengths up to 32 inches. MSRP: $1,149.
Dubbed “vibration-killing hunting machines,” Hoyt Archery’s Nitrum Series (shown) debuts in three sizes: the Nitrum 30 and 34, sporting 6.75-inch brace heights; and the 33-inch, 4.2-pound Turbo, which at 350 fps with a 6-inch brace height is Hoyt’s fastest bow yet, thanks to its Turbo Cam-and-a-Half. Aluminum Offset Riser Technology purges vibration. The new ZT (Zero Torque) Cable Guard System kills torque as cables pivot while drawing the bow, aiding broadhead flight. Draw weights start at 30 pounds with a price of $1,149. Of course, Carbon Spyder fans may opt for the Carbon Spyder ZT Series featuring a hollow carbon-tube design in the same lengths as Nitrum Series bows. MSRP: $1,499.
Elite Archery dubs its Synergy the “world’s most shootable bow,” thanks to a two-track-cam system targeting overall performance, not speed. At 33.5 inches axle-to-axle and 4.4 pounds, the 325-fps bow touts Elite’s Riser Cage for balanced energy distribution to limbs and cams, a solid back wall and a new, non-reflective Pro Kote finish. Its mid-sized measurements allow for a steady hold and maneuverability for tight shots. Draw lengths span 27-31 inches in draw weights of 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. A forgiving 7.375-inch brace height even permits some creep before jumping out of your hand, and its two-piece wooden grip feels good. MSRP: $949.
G5’s Prime rolls out the Rival (shown) and Ion, embodying three key elements for accuracy: balance through Prime’s new PCXL Parallel Cam System; strength with its ultra-strong 7000-series aluminum riser; and control, thanks to the Flexis AR tunable flexing roller guard that lessens cable stress and torque. The new Ghost Grip offers a contoured fit. At 35 inches, the 4.3-pound, 340-fps Rival has a 6.25-inch brace height and launches arrows at 340 fps. The Ion is a maneuverable 31-inch compact killer weighing 3.9 pounds with a brace height of 7.75 inches. Both bows offer draw lengths of 26-30 inches and weights from 30-70 pounds. MSRP: $999 each.
The devil is in the details as Bear Archery launches the Arena Series. It touts the lightweight, 335-fps Arena 30 as “the most lethal bear in the stand,” thanks to a 6.5-inch brace height that blends speed and forgiveness without sacrificing either. The new H15 Hybrid cam system creates an easier draw and letdown, and rubber riser inserts absorb vibration. The Hinge Guard minimizes lateral torque when shooting, and a removable rubber grip provides for two grip options. Draw lengths span 25.5-30 inches in weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. The Arena 34 offers 4 more inches of forgiveness but retains the 6.5-inch brace height. MSRP: $899.
Though it unveiled a dozen-plus bows for 2015, I think Martin Archery’s Performance Series Lithium stole the show. The smooth, stable 345-fps Lithium is the company’s fastest bow yet but offers the accuracy of a target bow at a fair price ($649). The 3.8-pounder has a 6.5-inch brace height and a solid, one-piece bridged riser that houses the company’s Vibration Escape System, making for silent, shock-free shooting. Draw lengths span 26-30.5 inches with draw weight options from 50-70 pounds. (Note: If you want a flagship bow, check out the Hawk, featuring a new bridged riser and “chameleon” camo. MSRP: $949.
PSE’s all-new Bow Madness Series in 30-, 32- and 34-inch options offers something for everyone. For single-cam purists, the 30-incher fires at 330 fps, sports a 6.5-inch brace height and features the smooth, adjustable M2 cam. Draw lengths and weights span 23.5-30 inches and 50, 60 and 70 pounds. PSE’s 32- and 34-inch models launch at 340 and 342 fps, respectively, and sport the Madness Hybrid cam, which adjusts like a single cam but offers the performance of a hybrid-cam bow. As for which of the three is the hottest item, PSE says the medium-sized 32-incher (shown) is taking the market by storm. MSRP: $499, $599 and $699 (30-, 32- and 34-inch models, respectively).
Darton Archery’s short, 28.5-inch axle-to-axle Recruit is ideal for young “recruits,” though it will suit anyone seeking a small, lightweight bow. At 3.1 pounds, it features an adjustable draw length of 21.5-27 inches, a 6.75-inch brace height and two adjustable peak weight ranges: 25-35 pounds and 35-50 pounds. Powered by the patented Dual Sync cam system mounted on ball bearings, the Recruit offers a smooth and efficient draw cycle. It’s low-mount Bowstring Suppression System helps to thwart string noise and vibration, and it’s packaged with a four-arrow quiver, a Copper John Saxon sight and a rest. MSRP: $482.
Bowtech has been busy, this time teaming with the “world’s foremost outfitter” to launch the single-cam, 32-inch axle-to-axle Cabela’s Credence. Smooth and maneuverable, it has a 6.5-inch brace height and launches arrows at 325 fps with draw- weight adjustability from 50-70 pounds. Its rotating-module system offers draw lengths from 26-30 inches without using a bow press. Bowtech’s proprietary Bio-Shock riser-mounted dampeners kill shot noise and vibration from limbs. The bow comes with an Apex three-pin sight, Hostage XL rest, Dead-Lock Lite Octane quiver, wrist sling, carbon peep, Octane Hunter stabilizer and nock loop. MSRP: $549.99.
Versatility is the name of the game with Diamond Archery’s Infinite Edge Pro, sporting adjustable draw lengths from 13-31 inches and draw weights from 5-70 pounds! Not to be confused with a lightweight beginner bow, this one sports a redesigned cam system, a solid back wall and a stabilizer for added balance, and launches arrows at 310 fps. At 31 inches axle-to-axle, the 3.2-pound Infinite Edge Pro is ready to shoot right out of the box, thanks to the Boondocks package that includes a three-pin Tundra sight, Hostage XL arrow rest, Octane quiver and stabilizer, peep sight, string loop and wrist sling. MSRP: $399.99.
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!” is the theme of this month’s special bowhunting section as archery manufacturers’ evolving technology takes us to new heights this year. Here is a look at some of the latest, greatest products certain to be at the top of many bowhunters’ shopping lists as we make our final decisions on a new bow, arrows and broadheads in time for the season opener.
Of course, particularly on the bow front, there are too many great models to fit into a mere eight pages. For an expanded roundup of 2015 compounds for men, women and youth at a variety of price points, click here. Whether you’re after blazing speed or sheer forgiveness, there is something for everyone as we get set to immerse ourselves in the No. 1 experience that rejuvenates our souls, is the epitome of challenge and offers us those glorious extended seasons! After all, as NRA Board member and rocker Ted Nugent says, “There is no bag limit on happiness!”