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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-11-2019, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you get a new bow?

Are you a "I hunt with it till it stops working" kinda guy?

Or, a "I buy a new bow every year" kinda guy?

My Hoyt Defiant is a 2016. It's far from ancient, although it's not worth much anymore with how bows depreciate.

My 2009 Bowtech Captain is darn near a fossil in the archery world, but it's a good bow. I just don't enjoy shooting it like I did before I got the Hoyt. Things just get a little smoother and quieter as gear evolves, and it's noticeable.

Anywho....

I've been contemplating things with my bows. I am starting to think of doing a 5 year cycle.

Hunt a bow 5 seasons. Get a new one. Prior primary bow becomes the back up bow. Prior secondary bow gets sold/traded/donated (as it'll be 10-ish years old and not worth much of anything). Repeat.

I'm probably also trying to rationalize a carbon riser bow, because I almost went that route on the Defiant, and each bow season when the temps start to drop, I curse myself for not doing it, because dang does that riser get COLD.

Just some idle thoughts as I relax and wait for the evening sit tonight with the rifle.
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-11-2019, 11:24 AM
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I am a "hunt with it till it stops working" kinda guy. I still hunt with my Mathews Ultra Max I purchased in 1999. Shoots great and only had to replace the string a few times. Can't fathom spending $1000+ for a new bow only to have the "latest technology". When it breaks I have my PSE pro shop model from 1993 as a back-up.
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Yeah I won't buy current year bows anymore, when closeouts of brand new "last year's model" bows are quite a bit cheaper and offer much of what the newest models offer.
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I usually end up buying one or two bows every year. My main hunting bow is almost 40 years old, still shoots where I want it to😉
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My 2008 Hoyt Katera XL still works. I went to the bow shop and shot some new bows. Shrugged my shoulders and walked out. Nothing really wowed so much that I would be willing to part with $1200+. Maybe next year I'll get something new.
Im not seeming much progression from 2008 until today. Maybe a little quieter and minimal speed increases where brace height was been sacrificed for speed.
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The last bow I bought was in 2015 and it was used, Elite Synergy 35. I like the bow, still shoots smooth and accurate but this summer I may shop around. The problem is bows dont hold their value. I could spend 1K on a nice gun and more than likely get back what I paid for it, bow's, not so much.
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The last bow I bought was in 2015 and it was used, Elite Synergy 35. I like the bow, still shoots smooth and accurate but this summer I may shop around. The problem is bows dont hold their value. I could spend 1K on a nice gun and more than likely get back what I paid for it, bow's, not so much.
Oh agreed completely. I got my Defiant as new and current model because I was a bonehead and dinged up my Captain's limbs on a stand. I needed a bow and needed it now to get back in the fight, so to speak.

But....

That bow that hangs there for 1200 bucks suddenly becomes an $800 bow when the next year's version hits the market.

Then it starts to get a bit more palatable.
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I have a 2013 Elite I was planning to hold onto indefinitely but I bent a cam on it and I am going to try to get it replaced as soon as I can drive 3 hours to the nearest Elite dealer.

Picked up a Triax for emergency use this year, and I've been wavering if I like it enough to keep it. I am really interested in the new Bowtechs but I don't think I wanna drop the coin. May look into something else used. Feel like I'd have to buy from someone I trusted, I am a little gun shy of the innernet market on used bows, feel like it is too easy to get ripped off.
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Im a use it until it breaks. Never was into buying the latest and greatest of anything. If it works no point in buying another one.
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My 1st couple bows where wooden Martin compounds. I have an old Ben Pearson compound that I think I bought in the early 90's. I bent the cam in 2010 and was going to replace it in 2011. My son turned 10 that year and decided he wanted to archery hunt so I put off buying a new bow. I bought him a crossbow and didn't archery hunt alone again until 4 years ago. I used the crossbow the last 4 years. I am definitely getting a new/used compound next year. I can't put it off any longer. We bought my son his 1st compound as well. All of my largest buck were shot with a compound.

If you look at the age of my bows I am a "keep it till it stops working guy"
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