I know it’s only been a month since Christmas, but I’ve already started a new wish list. This issue contains our annual New Gear Guide, and if you’re anything like me, you will soon a discover a plethora of bowhunting products you just can’t live without. Putting the New Gear Guide together is a fairly laborious process for the BOWHUNTING team, but despite the long hours, the process never fails to fan the flames of our bowhunting passion as we get a sneak preview of the industry’s latest innovations.
Our 2010 New Gear Guide includes information about more than 175 new bowhunting products, and while it would be impossible to highlight them all here, some items that really turned our heads include the first-ever geared cam system (BowTech Destroyer, p. 60-61), an exciting new Break-Up camouflage pattern from Mossy Oak (p. 76), a new clothing line designed to prevent electromagnetic radiation from leaving your body (Human Energy Concealment Systems 6th Sense Apparel, p. 76) and a video bow sight that displays targets on a 3.5-inch color touch screen and records shots for instantaneous feedback (J&K Videosite, p. 66).
Last month, as we were putting the finishing touches on the New Gear Guide, I couldn’t help but stop and think for a moment about what it would be like if archery pioneers such as Saxton Pope, Fred Bear and Howard Hill could see this stuff. There’s no doubt these legendary longbow and recurve hunters would be amazed by technological advances far beyond their wildest archery dreams. And while there remains an unmistakable romance associated with the bowhunting days of yore, I believe even those legends would agree these truly are archery’s good old days.
After all, would you rather shoot a bow that propels arrows at 250 fps or 350 fps? Would you rather guess the range to your next trophy or use a laser rangefinder? Would you rather wear a sweatshirt and blue jeans on stand or the latest, high-tech camouflage pattern? Would you like to spend a rainy day in a wet wool sweater or dry, waterproof jacket? Enough said. Progress may not always be all it’s cracked up to be, but I doubt many of us would trade our modern gear for the stuff we used 20 or even 10 years ago.
Think about that as you flip through the pages of the New Gear Guide. You aren’t just kicking the tires on new hunting gear; you’re literally getting a glimpse into archery’s future. And if reading about these new products whets your appetite for even more information about 2010′s best new bowhunting gear, log onto the BOWHUNTING website (www.bowhuntingmag.com) and check out our exclusive video series from January’s Archery Trade Association Show in Columbus, Ohio. These videos offer an up-close look at the hottest new bows, sights, rests, arrows, broadheads and more, along with informative interviews with the archery pioneers who created them.
In the weeks and months ahead, the products you see in the New Gear Guide and online will be used by North America’s more than 3 million bowhunters to be more safe, comfortable and efficient than ever before.
To steal a line from country music superstar Brad Paisley, “Glory, glory, hallelujah! Welcome to the future.”