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Hunting with out a stabilizer?

Old 12-21-2003, 09:07 PM
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Default Hunting with out a stabilizer?

Just curious how many of you hunt with out a stabilizer? For years I hunted with one and countless times it got in the way for one reason or another. This year I took my stabilizer off completely and I loved it! My bow shot identical and was lighter! What could be better! When I set-up a new rig for next year it will have to be smooth and shock free without the stabilizer.

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Old 12-21-2003, 09:14 PM
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No stabilizer here. I've never used one, but I can definitely see where it would get in the way. Right now I guess I can't justify using one. This way I have one more excuse when I miss a deer
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Old 12-21-2003, 09:18 PM
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I have always used stabilizers but, when I get my new Liberty, I think that I am just gonna get a Simms Stabilizer Enhancer for the front and back holes. The bow is already so shockfree and quiet that I don't need to add tons of weight, and the stabilizer enhancers should work great. They are light and will take that last TINY TINY TINY twang out of the bow.
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Old 12-22-2003, 08:20 AM
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i've never used a stabalizer and done fine hunting without it for years. like ranger said ...can't justify getting one now.
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:12 AM
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I don't use one either. I personally have never seen the need for one at hunting yardages.
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:30 AM
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No stabilizer here. I shoot fine without it and my bow is light as a feather.
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Old 12-22-2003, 04:50 PM
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I never even thought of shooting my bow without one. Nothing against anyone who doesnt. But they were made for a reason and that is to be screwed onto the bow.JMO like I said nothing against anyone who doesnt.Im pretty sure using a stablizer along with other thing gives me the best chance possible to hit my target. I guess it depends on the person. If your more comftorable without one then thats the best way to go for you.
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:14 PM
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I always use a stabilizer on my hunting bows........I'm for one not a fan of "Ultra Light" bows. The extra mass weight provided by a stabilizer helps steady out my aim considerably.....the trick is finding one that compliments your set-up.
A good stabilizer will not only help your aiming process , many of teh better ones do take quite a bit of any left-over shock , noise, vibration out of the bow when shot.
So now it's doing 3 things for me........making my aim steadier and quieting the bow noise, as well as making the bow more pleasant to shoot.
I want pin-point accuracy when I hunt regardless of yardage, so I shoot hunting set-ups very similar to what I will shoot in 3D competition. I know I shoot a heavier bow better, so my hunting bow is going to on the heavy side.
In my mind the animals deserve the best accuracy I can muster and for me hunting without the aid of a good stabilizer is a disadvantage.
Would I make 99% of the shots that I would make WITH a stabilizer?....probably, but to me the extra cost is worth the piece of mind.

But that's just me........if someone is just as confident in their ability and don't feel like their set-up can benefit from a stabilizer by all means that's the way you should hunt. I personally will always compliment my bows with a good stabilizer that helps the balance and shooting characteristics of each set-up.To me the benefits outweigh the potential negatives but that's something each shooter needs to assess for themselves.

Vaughn , in your case I can completely understand you not hunting with a stabilizer on your set-up. The inherent balance in your 2002 BowTech Patriot dictates that uinless you like an extreme forward tumble, you'd be better with an ULTRALIGHT short stabilizer , no stabilizer at all, or as many shooters did, add back weight in the form of a small heavy stabilizer.
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Old 12-23-2003, 06:14 AM
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Haven't found the right one yet. I tried a couple, but like my bow without it. I'm sure if I stuck with it and got used to it, it would benefit my set up, but I don't think I need one to hunt.
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Old 12-23-2003, 10:09 AM
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I've always hunted with a stabilizer because the bows I've owned in the past didn't feel right or balance well without one. However, I'll probably be hunting without a stabilizer on the new Liberty, at least until I get some time to experiment a little & find one that feels right.

Just curious what you're using for a stabilizer on your new Liberty? My 8" shockblocker worked great on my previous bow but seems to be a bit much for this one.
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