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Best New Compound Bows for 2024

With the annual Archery Trade Association show opening this week, here are some of the top bows for the new year.

Best New Compound Bows for 2024

The Elite Ethos is one of the many new compound bows unveiled for 2024 hunting. (Photo courtesy of Elite Archery)

Note: Check back for updates during ATA Show 2024.

Mathews Lift

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Mathews Lift
  • Mathews packed a ton of features in its Lift 29.5 and Lift 33 models, both of which have the new SwitchWeight X Cam. The redesigned cam offers draw weights from 55-80 pounds and draw lengths as low as 24.5 inches on the Lift 29.5 and 31.5 inches on the Lift 33. In testing, the bow hits speeds up to 348 FPS. The cam is compatible with Mathews’ SwitchWeight mods, and has a new top-mounted axle system that offers more stability. The Lift is fashioned with a skeletonized aluminum riser, which is lightweight yet strong. The bow offers “Bridge-Lock Technology,” which lets a Mathews Bridge-Lock stabilizer and dovetail sight to be mounted through the riser. Mathews offers the Lift in 12 finishes including Mossy Oak Bottomland.
  • Price: $1,429
  • Learn more about the Mathews Lift

Bowtech Core SR, Core SS

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Bowtech Core SS
  • Bowtech introduces the new Core SR and Core SS bows, which have many similarities but mostly provide hunters with smooth draws, quiet releases and solid results. The Core SR weighs 4.5 pounds, is 33-inches axle-to-axle with a 6-inch brace height, offers draw lengths from 25-30 inches and weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. It hits speeds up to 344 FPS. The Core SS is a bit shorter, 31.5 inches axle-to-axle, with a brace height of 6.25 inches. It is adjustable for draw lengths from 26-31 inches. Both bows have Bowtech’s CenterMass Technology, which puts the sight directly at the riser’s centerline to help optimize stability, balance and consistency. Neither bow needs a press for tuning, either, meaning hunters can make changes whenever necessary.
  • Price: $1,399
  • Learn more about the Bowtech Core

Bear Whitetail Maxx

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Bear Whitetail Maxx
  • With a split-limb design and trim lines, the Bear Whitetail Maxx has several new features including a new roller cable guard system. This helps with smoother draws, while KillerWave limb dampers reduce felt recoil and vibration. The Whitetail Maxx is 31-inches axle-to-axle, is adjustable for draw lengths from 26-30 inches, has draw weights from 45-70 pounds and letoff between 75-90 percent. The bow’s EKO cam hits speeds to 339 fps with smooth draws and releases. It’s available in five finishes and right- or left-hand models.
  • Price: $599.99
  • Learn more about the Bear Whitetail Maxx

Elite Ethos

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Elite Ethos
  • Ethos is Elite’s flagship presentation this year, packed with a handful of features including easy adjustability. Ethos comes with Elite’s popular S.E.T. Technology — Simplified Exact Tuning — that allows shooters to micro-tune the limb pivot angle to change the position of the cams and lateral position for better arrow flight. The third-generation Versa Mods also offer ultimate customization including ¼-inch increments for draw length. Other notable features include the Precision Grip with narrow throat and wide base, Delta VRT to reduce vibration, and a split-limb design for consistent shots. It’s 33-inches axle-to-axle, has a 6.75-inch brace height, draw weights from 40-75 pounds, a 90-percent letoff and draw lengths from 25.5-31 inches. Ethos comes in 19 colors including six camo patterns, seven solids and vivid Sour Apple, Silver Alloy, Purple Rain, Laguna Teal, Orange Ignition and Cobalt Blue.
  • Price: $1,299
  • Learn more about the Elite Ethos

Elite Allure

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Elite Allure
  • The Elite Allure is crammed with all of the company’s top features including the Precision Grip, S.E.T. Technology and Versa Mods. But it’s designed for women or shooters of a smaller stature. The Allure has a 6.25-inch brace height and 31-inch axle-to-axle length, with a tidy weight of just 4 pounds. But it clips speeds of 340 fps and offers peak draw weights of 40, 50 and 60 pounds and draw lengths from 23-28.5 inches. Allure comes in 19 colors including six camo patterns, seven solids and six bright, eye-popping colors.
  • Price: $1,229
  • Learn more about the Elite Allure

Hoyt Alpha X 30

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Hoyt Alpha X 30
  • The new Alpha X 30 from Hoyt Archery may be small — at just 30 inches axle-to-axle — and lightweight — just 4.5 pounds — but bowhunters will find that it packs a punch. The Alpha X 30 offers three draw lengths from 25-30 inches and weights from 40-80 pounds. With the XBX Xact cam, you can make 1/4-inch adjustments for draw length. Other adjustments are easy, such as for draw weight. The Alpha X Tec riser includes an integrated cut-out that keeps a drop-away cable out of the way. The Alpha X 30 comes with WireWRX strings and Holeshot V2 string silencers that Hoyt claims reduces string vibration by 25 percent. The bow comes in nine camo patterns and five solids.
  • Price: $1,349
  • Learn more about the Hoyt Alpha

Prime RVX

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Prime RVX
  • The new RVX line from Prime includes three models designed with the Core Cam system for easier tuning and customization. The 32-, 34- and 36-inch axle-to-axle models range from 4.4 to 4.6 pounds and 40- to 80-pound draw weights. The bow’s Center Grip Riser is designed to put more weight lower in the riser to help with aiming and stability during the shot. Letoff is adjustable to 85 percent.
  • Learn more about the Prime RVX

Don’t Overlook this Recurve

Bear 90th Anniversary Grizzly
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Bear 90th Anniversary Grizzly recurve
  • The Bear Grizzly is a legend among traditional bowhunters, with Fred Bear making his last design changes to the bow in 1964. The Grizzly celebrates Bear’s 90th anniversary with a new design, starting with its limbs overlaid with clear maple. The limbs are backed and faced with high-strength green fiberglass. It has a crowned, cut-on center arrow shelf, with a bear-hair arrow rest and leather side plate. The Grizzly comes with a Dacron string in right or left hand, with six draw weights from 35-60 pounds. The official color is “Shedua/Green Glass,” which with the maple limbs is very cool.
  • Price: $459.99
  • Learn more about the 90th Anniversary Grizzly

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