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I used to bow hunt years ago when the earth was young and so was I.
I bought my bow in 1980. Took several deer over the years but have not bow hunted for about 15 years.

I'm sure technology has come a long way since 1980 so I thought I'd get new equipment.
Any suggestions on what to consider and how to look into it?
 

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Any of todays name brand bows are light years ahead of what you may have been used too. Will yours still kill deer? absolutely!, maybe a new string is all you need...but if your looking for something fast, quiet and shock free, get a new one...I didn't really understand what they meant when they advertised shock free...after shooting a newer bow for a while, I went back to my old golden eagle..I thought it blew up in my hands! Anyway, though I'm partial to bowtechs, mathews and hoyts also cant be beat, even some of the bear line and pse offer great bows for more reasonable prices..best advice is to go to a few bow shops and see what feels right for you, like buying a gun/pistol...somer just fit better than others
 

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Is there something wrong with your old bow? If not, then the new bow won't do as much for you as you think. Sure it maybe a little faster, and a little lighter, but in the end it will do exactly the same thing as the old bow: send an arrow after the deer. In the end its always the hunter that counts.
Now a crossbow is a different story. I have seen some wicked cool looking crossbows.
 

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Thanks guys.
My old bow hasn't been used for a LONG time. Its been hanging in my basement and I would at least restring it.
It seems to me that newer bows can have better draw ratios. Perhaps increased power and accuracy. Its worth looking into.
I do need new arrows and broad heads. I'd like to figure out the differences between my old bow and new ones and see if its worthwhile.
Information will help me figure out what I should do.
And Yes MR,regardless of bow, gun, crossbow,whatever the hunter is always the key.
 

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DEPENDING ON WHICH BOW YOU HAVE , AND HOW EASY IT IS TO PULL IT BACK SITTING IN THE COLD.

THE NEW BOWS HAVE LET OFFS IN THE 80 % RANGE SO YOU CAN HOLD 12 POUNDS OR SO FOR EVER WHILE WAITING FOR THE DEER TO LOOK AWAY. (WHILE IT IS SNORTING AT YOU ) AS SAID ANY OF THE BOWS MADE TODAY ARE GOOD PRODUCTS. LOOK FOR A 6-7" RISER HEIGHT (FORGIVING)
MY BOW IS AT 61 POUNDS AND SHOOTS THROUGH MOST OF DEER I HAVE HIT.

THE OTHER THING TO THINK OF IS DETERIORATION OF T HE LIMBS AND SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT THOROUGHLY.

I AM PARTIAL TO BROWNING BOWS ALSO ,

CROSSBOWS ONLY REAL ADVANTAGE IS NOT HAVING TO HOLD THE STRING BACK AND IT IS ALREADY FOR YOU . THEY DO NOT SHOOT FARTHER OR FASTER THAN A REGULAR BOW. THERE LITTLE BOLTS DO NOT CARRY AS MUCH ENERGY .
 

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More important than the actual bow, is find a good archery shop. I like Chuck & Danny at the Archery forum, (Middle Island) very helpful and aren't strong arming you into a sale. As for equipment, spend time in the stores, handling the bows. Different manufacturers have different grip styles, and not everyone likes the same.. I would suggest you make sure whatever bow you get has a 'solid back wall' or draw stop,. Draw bow to specific length, and it stops. Early bows has 'soft' back-ends. The 'stop' helped with my shooting tremendously..
 
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