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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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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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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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I don't get out with the bow much the last 7 or so years due to work & kids, but still stay in practice.
My compound is a PSE I picked up at walmart for a song back in 98. It's last kill was in 2012.
I wouldn't hesitate a second to take it out right now if given a chance.
I've shot out and replaced about half a dozen targets in that time, and about a gross of arrows..
Replaced cables twice, strings I make and replace myself... That's about it.
Still using the same release...
Did replace the whisker biscuit about 10 years back... probably due for another one soon.

Proper maintenance and routine practice will stretch the "service life" of any reasonable quality gear a lot longer than most hunting careers...
 

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I usually buy used bows anymore and you can buy one that's one or two years old for under half price. I do my own work on my bows, so I don't mind if I have change strings and cables on a used bow. I own two Mathews and an Elite now.
 

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I started bow hunting with an old browning compound and moved to a new Parker buck hunter for about 8 years and then got a bow tech experience in 2014, I just wasn’t crazy about it so this year I purchased a bow tech realm SS, I am keeping this one for as long as it will last. I love it
 

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I've been using my Mathews Switchback XT since 2006. I consider it the deadliest weapon in my arsenal of firearms and archery equipment. I have the string swapped out about every three years or so. I also use the same Tru Ball glove release that i purchased with it too, but the glove is starting to get pretty frayed. After its 14th season its my favorite weapon to use and still just a deadly as the day I bought it. I harvested some great animals with that bow, and i feel a special bond with it every time its in my hand. It's a keeper...
 

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2007 I believe was my last one, and maybe my last. 5 Hoyt's lifetime and never looked back. Nah, I do not dig getting a new bow, I much rather become really good with the one I have.
 

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I have my 45-lb recurve from 43 years ago and on occasion I take it out. I have my compound that I first bought 12 years ago. Works fine but I can't use it anymore. I bot my crossbow (Horton) 5 or 6 years ago and it still kills em like it should.
 

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I use to buy a new bow almost every year, but not so much anymore. I did buy the Realm when it came out and I love it. I still buy a couple used bows a year and mess with them. If I like them, I will keep them for a while, if not I will sell them. Some I make money on, others I lose money. I do my own work, so thats part of fun and makes up for any $ loss.
 

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During the last several decades the compound bow industries were making major improvements. However, I believe the average compound bow off the assembly line today is way over the design needed for the vast majority of the game and shots taken as we hunt today. Several years ago I was a member of the of the bow every year a two and I still have some of them which are in very good shape but next to worthless on todays market. Gave several of them away and sold others for the fraction of the original cost not counting the accessories and new strings and cables I added. In fact I sold some of the bows fully loaded for less than the sights, rests, quivers and stabilizers cost.

In the years I was shooting a lot of 3D tournaments I was reading the bow test on the new models and Mfg. as soon as they came out and I was following what the winner of the major tournaments shot to win. It appears I believed there was some speedy magic wand out there the would make me an expert shot. Found what made me a better shot was practice.

My last bow was a 2005 Mathews Switchback which has shot a few hundred arrows a year in the back yard and 3D shoots. I have taken some nice, PA, OH and IN bucks and a bear with it. It is the last bow I intend to purchase for myself. I have always done all of my bow maintenance, tuning etc. Therefore I have what I believe is a great bow without spend big $$ for a new bow every few years. One thing I know for sure it shoots better than I do.
 

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I used to work in a mathews shop and could get a new bow every year if I wanted pretty cheap. If I didn't see leaps and bounds of improvement I stuck with what I had. I now own an LX and one of the 1st year Z7s. Bows are a personal choice. When my brother went to get his new bow he shot the latest greatest but opted for a switchback xt, one of the best they made in my opinion.
 
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