I shot a Bear Element from 2007-2012. It was a $300 box store bow. It was right after back surgery #2 and I needed a compound on a budget. The deer I killed with it are just as dead as the Bowtech, Hoyt, and Elite I hunted with since then. They are good shooters in my opinion but get a bad rap due to years of being sold in department and box stores. I have a Bear Super Kodiak recurve, but that is the only Bear I currently own.