The Best Hunting Bows of 2011

By Jonathan Bales , last updated December 9, 2011
For millions of people across the country, hunting season is like Christmas. Many hunters prefer using a bow because it is more difficult than a gun and requires a lot of skill. Hunting with bows is both fun and challenging, and the type of bow you use can really change how you hunt. Although hunting bows might seem simple at first, they are actually quite complex. There are a variety of different types, from longbows to crossbows to compound bows, and the version you choose will depend on what you plan to hunt, your skill level, the laws in your area, your budget and so on. Read on for more information on a few of the best types of hunting bows available in 2011.

Bear Archery Charge RTH Bow Package

For all of the features on this bow, the $349 price tag is quite affordable. The bow's flared quad limbs go beyond parallel, greatly reducing vibration. The limbs are also designed to distribute pressure evenly throughout the bow, leading to the most accurate shots possible. The inner cam system allows archers to adjust the draw length, while the ridge stabilizer will make sure you have the smoothest draw possible. The compound bow has a weight of 3.7 pounds.

Quest Bowhunting Hammer Bow Package

Another compound bow, the Quest Bowhunting Hammer Bow Package is a step up from its Bear Archery counterpart. The 4.2 pound bow has a fully-machined riser and aluminum limb pockets. With a great brace height of 7 1/4" and a draw length of up to 30", the bow has the capabilities of a much more expensive version. In this particular bow package, you receive a sight, arrow rest and quiver. The Quest Bowhunting Hammer Bow Package retails for $400.

PSE Razorback Recurve

If traditional longbows are your thing, this high-quality version might be for you. Running for only $109, it is far more affordable than the previous compound bows. Great for beginner hunters or those who do not get out often, the PSE Razorback Recurve has a layered wood handle, made from oak, walnut and maple. It is available in both left and right-handed models, and the takedown feature makes it easy to store and move around. Anyone who is new to archery should learn how to first shoot on a longbow, and this basic model is the perfect choice.

TenPoint Titan HLX Scope Package

For the serious hunter, a crossbow is the way to go. Usually more expensive than longbows and compound bows, crossbows allow hunters to shoot with the most accuracy and speed. This particular version shoots up to 300 feet per second, yet still allows archers to maintain tremendous accuracy. The bow's Fast Flight string and cables and machined aluminum wheels allow for this incredible performance, while Verton Molded FST IV stock and barrel is top of the line. The TenPoint Titan HLX Scope Package comes with the 3x Pro View scope, and it is calibrated especially for crossbows. It provides an illuminated dot and crosshair configuration which allows for deadly accuracy. The TenPoint Titan HLX Scope Package runs for $600.
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