Hunting Bows 2008

If you're like many bowhunters, you're always searching for the best equipment. Here are the latest bows for the upcoming season.

It's time to start thinking about what you'll carry into the woods this fall. Maybe you need to upgrade to a faster, quieter bow. Or, maybe it's a sight with brighter pins you need, or possibly a broadhead that flies straighter. Whatever your needs, there are many great new products on the market from which to choose.Here are a few of the latest innovations from the top manufacturers.

Fred Bear Truth 2
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I was impressed by this bow's speed, smooth draw, solid back wall, comfortable valley at full draw, silent shooting, good arrow flight, limited hand shock and the feel of the new grip. Each year bows get better, and the Truth 2 definitely is noticeably better in every way than the original Truth from last year.

It's 33 inches long and has a 7-inch brace height. IBO speed is 316 fps for this single-cam bow. Features include a pair of string suppressors that reach from the riser above the sight window and below the grip to stop the string when it returns to its pre-draw position. Suggested retail price is $649.



Fred Bear Truth 2| Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Browning Grand Illusion MF</b

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The new Browning Grand Illusion MF has the same style of radically pre-stressed limbs used on the PSE X-Force series of bows. (PSE makes Browning bows.) The limb design ensures recoil-free shooting, despite the bow's blazing speed. The design causes the cams to move in opposite directions during the shot, canceling their acceleration forces.

The MF stands for Mega Fast, the name of the Grand Illusion's hybrid cam system. Along with a 7-inch brace height, the cam system powers the bow to an IBO speed rating of 322 to 330 fps, the fastest bow Browning has ever made. The bow is 35 inches long and has a suggested retail price of $799.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Hoyt Katera

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At 330 fps IBO speed, it seems the arrow is in the target nearly as soon as it leaves the Katera. Granted, you likely won't shoot a 350-grain arrow (the IBO standard weight), but when you load it down with hunting-weight arrows, it will still shoot through holes, minimize the effects of game jumping the string and reduce range estimation errors.

The Katera has parallel limbs for a soft-feeling shot and is quiet with Hoyt's string suppressor. The grip is small and comfortable, which means less bow hand torque. The Katera's speed comes from Hoyt's new Z3 Cam & 1/2 system. It is surprisingly smooth, has a draw-stop to produce a solid back wall for consistent shooting, and Hoyt optimized it for excellent arrow flight. Suggested retail price is $849.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Reflex Charger

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Hoyt makes Reflex bows, so you can count on high quality and top-end technolo

gy. The Charger is a sleek bow that features a smooth modular cam called the FX Cam & 1/2 system, an advanced hybrid that powers the Charger to an IBO speed rating of 320 fps. This speed also comes from a low 6 1/4-inch brace height, making it a good choice for experienced archers who have good shooting form.

The Charger has a unique open-pocket design with a spacer disk built into the riser, providing positive positioning for the bow's split limbs. The Charger is 34 inches long and possesses a string suppressor. Reflex bows are known for their good value; the suggested retail price is $549.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

PSE Dream Season

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PSE had tremendous success with the X-Force bow last year, but a number of bowhunters really prefer a bow with a slightly higher brace height. (The X-Force had a 6-inch brace height.) Reacting to demand for an X-Force with a 7-inch brace height, PSE made the Dream Season. The bow is still very fast but is just a bit more forgiving.

The Dream Season comes from a union between PSE and the Drury "Dream Season" television show. It is a great hunting bow with low hand shock, and a surprisingly quiet release despite its IBO speed rating of 332 to 340 fps. It is 33 inches long and has a suggested retail price of $850.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Mission Journey

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Mission is a new line of bows that are made by Mathews to target budget buyers. There are Mission bows with price tags from $379 to $699. The Journey has a suggested retail price of $599. The Journey features a single-cam for low maintenance accuracy and parallel limbs for recoil-free shooting. With a brace height of 7 1/2 inches, the Journey is not as radical as many bows on the market this year, but it's fast with an IBO rating of 315 fps.

The Journey has string suppressors on the limb tips, similar to those on Mathews bows, and a Zebra Hybrid string and harness. Finally, the Journey is a compact 31 inches long. It has most of the features of a Mathews bow but with a lower price tag.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Mathews DXT

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Mathews was the first bow company to produce bows with parallel limbs in order to eliminate hand shock during the shot. This year's DXT utilizes this technology. The bow is short with a 29 3/4-inch axle-to-axle length and a 7-inch brace height, and an IBO speed rating of 322 fps.

The DXT also features thin composite limbs that substantially reduce the weight and width of the bow. You'll find an improved limb pocket to handle these new slim limbs, string suppressors, a great narrow grip and a roller cable guard. The DXT weighs just 3.75 pounds and has a suggested retail price of $859.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mis

sion Journey | Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Bowtech 101st Airborne

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Bowtech has three new bows for 2008, one of which is the 101st Airborne. It's a very good bow with a conventional limb style (not Center Pivot) and a lower brace height for better performance. It's also a bit longer than many of the bows on the market now, making it more stable during the shot.

The 101st Airborne carries the Binary Cam System, which is a balanced modified hybrid cam where each cam is tied to the other to eliminate the effects of harness stretch. The Binary Cam will accept two different module sets. With the Speed Mods, the 101st Airborne will produce an IBO speed rating of 332 to 340 fps. With the Smooth Mods, it "tones down" to 320-328 fps. The bow has a 7 1/4-inch brace height and a 36 1/4-inch length. Suggested retail is $779.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey |Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Pearson TX-4

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The new TX-4 has a number of great features. First, it is fast (330 fps IBO). There are tradeoffs, of course, but speed generally is a good thing. Second, it has a good grip -- it's stylish and comfortable, and since that is the only place you actually contact the bow, the grip is important. Third, it has a great limb tip reinforcement system for greater strength. Fourth, the TX-4 employs a clever new string and harness system that reduces weight for greater efficiency and speed. Finally, it is not especially expensive. The TX-4 is 34 inches long with a 6 1/4-inch brace height. Suggested retail price is $599.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey |Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4| Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Martin Pro-X Firecat

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In keeping with the trend for 2008, Martin has also produced a new super-fast bow. The Pro-X Firecat establishes its IBO speed of 335 to 345 fps with a 7-inch brace height. If those speed numbers hold up, it is the fastest bow that I'm aware of with a 7-inch brace height.

That can mean only one thing: The CAT cam has to be very aggressive to store that much energy. Actually, the CAT cam is a hybrid dual cam where each cam is tied to the other to eliminate the effects of harness stretch. This is a good-looking bow with parallel limbs, a string suppressor and a soft rubber grip for a warm feel. The Pro-X Firecat is 33 inches long and has a suggested retail price of $550.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey |Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4 | Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

Diamond Marquis

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Bowtech makes Diamond bows, and though the two lines share much of the same technology, the Diamond line utilizes a single-cam design rather than Bowtech's Binary dual hybrid. It appears the Marquis is the evolution of last year's Black Ice. This new bow is a bit faster and features a new combination roller cable guard and string suppressor, but otherwise it maintains the same parallel limb design, smooth performance and great grip.

The Marquis produces an IBO speed of 316 to 324 fps from this smooth cam with a b

race height of 7 inches. The Marquis is 34 1/2 inches long with a suggested retail price of $749.



Fred Bear Truth 2 | Browning Grand Illusion MF | Hoyt Katera | Reflex Charger | PSE Dream Season | Mission Journey |Mathews DXT | Bowtech 101st Airborne | Pearson TX-4 | Martin Pro-X Firecat | Diamond Marquis

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