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Old 08-10-2009, 06:56 PM
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I just want to share with you guys an experience I recently had and hope others out there will still maintain confidence despite what others say or think. I was told by a "friend" that unless you owned a top end bow, etc. you were wasting time & money. Of course money is no object to him so he has the "best". I've had to settle for a"cheaper" bow (Diamond Rapture), but let me tell you this, without question, I can out shoot him day in and day out. He shoots the Hoyt A-max, great bow, but only gains feet per sec. on me, not accuracy. I find it funny that guys think if they throw a lot of money at something then they will be good at it. I practice almost everyday, and he "hangs out" at the bow shop and shoots maybe a half dozen arrows a couple of times a week. So for all you middle class family guys , don't be intimidated by some big shot rich guy, with todays modern equipment you can perform as well as any other archer if you work at it. Thanks. I just needed to blow off some steam, sorry.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:07 PM
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I hear ya brother keep your head up there are tones of us in the same boat.. And im one of them
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:09 PM
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You will always find those types of people out there no matter what hobby/sport you're into. It's probably attributed to a lack of self esteem or maybe a lack of mothers love when they were children, that drives them to act like this. Who knows...

I had this one buddy who was like that, well he was only 5'5" so we know what he was compensating for
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:08 AM
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It's not the bow, it's the Indian.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:35 AM
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See it all the time and it rarely holds true.Guys go out and buy the latest hot gear and then replace it the following year with the next best thing.If it was all that good why do they need to do that?
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:46 AM
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It is funny reading this post today. I was just talking with a good buddy of mine last night, he is kind of a local legend in my area. He is known for taking GREAT bucks, every year. He hunting nothing but public land, he shoots a HCA poweforce (2001 model I believe), and his camo is straight from 1985 (no Mossy Oak or Realtree).

He was over at the house and I was ordering a new tree stand and new ScentLok and asked him why he still wears the old stuff. His reply, it seems to be working, why change?

Last year he killed a 168" and 143" and he has killed a buck that has at least netted P&Y every year since 1998.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:59 AM
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I owned/operated 2 Archery shop/Lanes for many years & I shot middle of the road Bows because thats what the majority of my customers could afford. I posted many a HIGH end score in a variety of competitions, indoor & out. 560 out of 560 Field rounds & Indoor 300s. I also managed plenty of Biggame with my middle of the road tackle. I no longer compete but the last 5 years I have taken Whitetails, wild Hogs, Elk, Buffalo, & several others with my Darton I bought from Cabelas bargain cave for $99.00.
Remember this though-shoot the BEST arrow you can afford.

Pic is a Buck I took with my $90 Darton SL50 in 1982.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:59 AM
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I took a different approach, this year. Yep...I've been caught up in the "newer is better" hoopla.....(and I still appreciate quality). I decided to figure out how much I "might" spend, annually, on bows. I then made a one-time investment....and bought the bow of my dreams.

I don't see me spending more that $30/yr (strings) on my archery tackle from now on. I see me shooting this bow until I can no longer shoot one.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:24 AM
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I have said it before that my sons and I hunt out of my truck and eat out of tin cans and have a great time. You don't have to spend a bunch of money to enjoy the outdoors. I know a lot of people like the one you describe. I would much rather go with my sons anyday.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:24 AM
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While top notch equipment can improve your shooting, it definitely is not a cure for the problems most archers encounter.

The price of the Bow is Not going to make you a better hunter for sure. You can be just as effecient and enjoy Bowhunting just as much with your Diamond as someone who has spent twice the money.

One thing I like about BowTech is they make bows to fit in everybody's budget and/or needs. (BowTech, Diamond, and Ross)

I tagged a Kansas Turkey this spring with a Ross Carnivore and a Nebraska Merriam with the Carnivore last fall. I think it is definitely an over looked option when it comes to hunting bows. It has done nothing but impress me since I pulled it out of the box.

I usually spend way too much money on gear every year, but I don't see that changing

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