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12/25/08 8:02 AM
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Maloverde
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Want to explore bow hunting.  I've seen some bows on Gander Mountain site that look promising.  Any insight from the bow hunters here?

12/25/08 12:46 PM
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MakeItRain
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What are you looking for?
Speed?
Accuracy?
Quiet?
Smooth Drawing?


You must give me options here.
Most of the bows at Gander Mountain are mass produced pieces of shit.
12/25/08 12:46 PM
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and how much do you want to spend?
12/25/08 9:27 PM
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Maloverde
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 Not so much for speed as I hear you should have a pretty solid base of archery skills, which I don't.

I hunt firearm from a tree stand or ground blind generally, so something that will allow mobility in confined spaces.  Here in VA it's pretty wooded and I'm hunting with a 30/30 or a shotgun when hunting on Quantico.  This Saturday - next Saturday. :) 

I think accuracy and ease of maintenance should be my priority.  I'm looking to be totally outfitted for $1000 or less.

I wasn't looking at the Gander Mountain brand for bows, I was looking at the Diamond Rock, Parker Wild Fire or Trail Blazer and the Bear Thunder Bolt.  All in the $400 - $600 range.  I figured another 300-400 for sight, arrows, release and case.  Whatever else I may need for target practice.

Thanks for chiming in and for any future insight...
12/26/08 5:52 PM
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Robert Wynne
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 I have a BEAR. works great; i'd reccomend them
12/29/08 1:56 PM
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Diamond is made by Bowtech. Which is a good bow.
I'd stay away from Parker. Lots of timing issues with the cam.

I would look at the new Diamond Bow called "The Iceman" . Basically it is a Bowtech Admiral with the Diamond price tag. You can get fully outfitted for less than a grand.

I would also take a look at the New Hoyt Alphamax. They are split limb with the center riser. Lighter than the Bowtech/Diamond. Shoots a lil faster, but more price.

I would see about buying an 08' model bow. You can get a good discount since a lot of the 09's are already out.

Do you know your draw length, and how much draw weight you want to pull?
12/29/08 9:35 PM
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DonkeyKick215
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2 yrs ago I found a bear #45 at a moving sale for a song. I hAVENT HARVESTED ANY GAME BUT MY SHOT IS GETTING BETTER
2/17/09 8:06 PM
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i just bought a 04 Hoyt UltraTec was $300 ag a local archery shop LOVE IT

1st time bow user also and Im enjoying it

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