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#6829542 - 07/20/17 09:31 PM Archery's popularity is slipping
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Registered: 06/29/11
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I read in a Outdoor magazine, a few big local Bow Shops are showing slumping sales. They say the reason is after the "Hunger Games" rush, new shooters are slowing down. New models are coming out every year like golf clubs, people are just keeping what they have. The new bow prices are outrages.
Of course, now everyone is starting to tune up for deer season. I'm taking my bow to Cinnamon Creek for a new string and tune. I wont hunt with it, I do enjoy shooting it. Cinnamon Creek is also the only good range around.

Too dam hot to shoot outside.
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#6829569 - 07/20/17 09:57 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 09/25/16
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Maybe I'm part of a select few but I'm saving for a bow right now. It's a challenge I want to get my hands on and another month I get to hunt.


Edited by DryFire (07/20/17 10:03 PM)
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#6829578 - 07/20/17 10:05 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I think that as quality has improved many are holding onto their bows longer and not buying new ones as a result. A lot of the bows sold during the hunger games movie releases were recurves since that is what was used in the movies, some went for compounds but many bought less expansive recurves such as Samic Sage or PSE Razorbacks as a result of the movies.

If you already have a good shooting bow you like todays upper end bows especially will last for years with a few sets of strings and cables along the way and the last few years new bows just have gotten a little more shootable IMO with smoother draws and that speed we chased for years has topped out many of the newer bows are slower but smoother than the "speed bows" of a few years ago.
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#6829639 - 07/20/17 11:16 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I'm with kmon. I have never been a speed freak and it seemed that many of the bows coming out were catering to them. I have nothing against speed but compared to what I started with, most new bows are very fast. I care more about feel and how confident I am in my bow. I still stop by and shoot a few on occasion but not really in the market
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#6829736 - 07/21/17 07:04 AM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I decided to take advantage of the speed. It means I can drop 10 pounds of pull and still shoot faster and save my shoulder.
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#6830367 - 07/21/17 06:17 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Lots of archery hunters only take up archery to try and get a jump on rifle hunters, when they aren't successful they loose interest quickly IMO. To be successful it takes work and time scouting and placing ground blind/elevated blinds. If you take short cuts your chances of killing or even seeing a shooter go way down. Also for people who only get to hunt a few times a year guns give them a much better chance of killing a target animal. These are just a few reasons why popularity has gone down.
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#6830545 - 07/21/17 09:12 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
I read in a Outdoor magazine, a few big local Bow Shops are showing slumping sales. They say the reason is after the "Hunger Games" rush, new shooters are slowing down. New models are coming out every year like golf clubs, people are just keeping what they have. The new bow prices are outrages.
Of course, now everyone is starting to tune up for deer season. I'm taking my bow to Cinnamon Creek for a new string and tune. I wont hunt with it, I do enjoy shooting it. Cinnamon Creek is also the only good range around.

Too dam hot to shoot outside.


Good luck on the tune. They said they tuned mine...they did not. The strings are nice though.

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#6830822 - 07/22/17 10:27 AM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Curtis]
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Originally Posted By: Curtis
I decided to take advantage of the speed. It means I can drop 10 pounds of pull and still shoot faster and save my shoulder.

This is what I did. I shoot 60lb now and am at 300ftps with hunting arrows.

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#6830836 - 07/22/17 11:03 AM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Curtis]
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Originally Posted By: Curtis
I decided to take advantage of the speed. It means I can drop 10 pounds of pull and still shoot faster and save my shoulder.


I have a "fast" bow and like it because I can shoot much less weight with great results also. It also allowed me to shoot confidently beyond my normal range.

I was more talking about the guys (many of my friends) that were buying a new bow every year or every other year so they could have the new, fastest bow on the market. Seems the manufacturers have hit a plateau now, so that craze has slowed.

I have nothing against the "speed" guys, it was just never that important to me.
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#6831576 - 07/23/17 12:07 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Good point Sapper

With todays amazing killer broad heads, you don't need huge speed (weight)

less pull weight, more practice
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#6831726 - 07/23/17 03:48 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I hunted for years with an old PSE One Cam LS from the 90's. I'm going to set it aside this year a stick with an old Bear Grizzly recurve. Haven't really seen a good reason to upgrade. Instead of getting faster, I'm going slower and getting closer.
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#6832028 - 07/23/17 09:28 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I shoot several times a week. Archery is my preferred hunting method.
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#6832371 - 07/24/17 09:43 AM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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My Bowtech is 7 years old and probably has less than 200 total shots.

Last checked at 300+ FPS with Full Metal Jackets so I have no need to upgrade yet.
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#6833031 - 07/24/17 07:43 PM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Same with my Carbon Element


would love the new Elite bow but $1500 pass
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#6833317 - 07/25/17 05:23 AM Re: Archery's popularity is slipping [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Loc: Fort Worth
Good, I hope it is slipping. That's one less hunter I have to compete with on draw hunts. LOL!

I'm a speed whore. I believe in the shooting the fastest bow that you pull back without having to sky draw. I shot a Monster for years that was throwing my 470 gr arrow in the upper to mid 320's. I've since sold that bow and bought an Xpedition Xcentric. It's like my Monster, but way easier on the draw. I bet if I hunter it 350 gr arrows, I'd be up in the 360's, but I like that extra weight.

Sometimes, my shot placement isn't perfect. I've shot completely through the leg bone of two deer in one season. If I wasn't shooting a fast and heavy arrow, I'd had two wounded deer.

I've since moved on to primitive archery, as it's more of a challenge, however, I do hunt with it from time to time.

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