The major bow manufactures’ flagship bows are cool to look at, handle and dream of, but in the bigger picture most of us working stiffs would be headed straight to divorce court if we came home carrying such a model.
Sure, for 1,000 bills you get all the latest bells and whistles, racy new looks, maybe 15 or 20 extra fps — plus undisputed bragging rights with your hunting buddies. But when it comes down to real-world bowhunting they don’t really kill deer any deader than if taken with a bow costing half as much.
Budget bows — those setting you back, say, no more than $500 — may include last year’s perfectly-acceptable technologies, maybe cast-metal instead of milled parts here and there, perhaps a more conservative cam system providing a bit smoother draw cycle. But they’ll get the job done during the toughest assignments conditions.
<h2>Bear Archery | Cruzer</h2><a href="http://www.beararchery.com/bows/compound/cruzer" target="_blank">Bear Archery’s 2015 Cruzer</a> just might prove the most versatile bow on the market today, a compound designed to meet the needs of any bowhunter from tikes to fathers. The 3.6-pound Cruzer includes an incredible 65 pounds of draw-weight adjustment (5 to 70 pounds) and 19 inches of draw-length latitude (12 to 30 inches); all accomplished without a bow press. <p></p> The Cruzer is powered by the smooth-drawing, 70-percent let-off MV hybrid cam, producing ATA speeds of up to 310 fps with a 6.5-inch brace. Finally, the Cruzer is completely rigged to hunt with the latest high-quality accessories from Trophy Ridge. These include Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, new Joker 4-pin fiber-optic sight, 5-Spot adjustable quiver, Dart Stabilizer with wrist sling, peep and D-loop. It’s offered left- or right-handed and covered in Realtree Xtra Green or various target colors. <p></p> <strong>MSRP: $</strong>399