Archery Equipment

archery equipment Mathews Z7

My archery equipment Mathews Z7.

Now that the season is over you might be in the market for some new archery equipment, perhaps a new bow and choosing the right bow for you can be fun but you want to make sure you make a good decision and don’t rush into buying something you are not going to be happy with later. Today we have a guest post from Jeff Stevens from if you get a chance go over and check out their website which has some great information on deer hunting.   Thanks for the great post Jeff.

Archery Equipment

Recurve Bows and Compound Bows 

Archery, a once-popular method for basic human survival and combat, is now a common sport and method of hunting. The main tool in the sport of archery is a bow that shoots arrows. In early times, bows were made out of pinewood and the arrows were made out of materials such as flint and other rocks. Today, bows are made from aluminum and fiberglass and there are two main types of bows that are used in archery: the recurve bow and the compound bow. These bows can both be used for recreational archery, hunting, and bowfishing. Most often people are not sure which bow is better to use, especially if they are new to the archery scene. There are many accessories that are needed in archery, such as arrows, rests, sights, and strings. However, before you can buy any of those items you must buy the main tool: the bow. Both the recurve bow and the compound bow have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your experience level, budget, and personal preference, this article will help you decide which bow is right for you.


Recurve Bows

Recurve bows can be traced back to ancient Asia and were originally made out of wood. Recurve bows were used throughout history by the Chinese, Mongols, Huns, Greeks, and Turks. Some companies still make wooden recurve bows today although they are more commonly made from fiberglass or carbon. Recurve bows generally come in three different variations: the basic style, the take-down style, and the composite style. The composite style is the oldest style of bow and is no longer used today. Out of the three variations, the take-down sttyle is the most popular since it allows the bow to be disassembled. Recurve bows curve away from you and are designed to shoot arrows at short distances. The curves allow the bow to be more stiffer and shoot arrows with more force. Modern recurve bows are more technologically advanced than those used in the early ages. However, recurve bows do not have as many advanced technological features as compound bows and therefore do not shoot arrows as accurate as a compound bow would. The typical length of a modern recurve bow is between 20 and 25 inches. Recurve bows are often recommended for beginners due to their traditional design the only types of bows that are allowed in the Olympics. The typical price of recurve bow is between $100 and $300, although some can cost up to nearly $1,000. The more expensive recurve bows are (obviously) meant for those who are more experienced archers.


Compound Bows

new bow

This is my new Mathews Z7.

Compound bows are similar to recurve bows except they are more modern, using a system of pulleys and wires to operate and can give let-off or give no let-off. Since compound bows are more technological they can shoot arrows further than a recurve bow can. The first compound bow came out in 1969 and continues to be the most popular type of bow used today. Unlike the recurve bow, compound bows have many more parts like the cam and limb pockets. Although the limbs of a recurve bow are designed to be stiff, the limbs of a compound bow are even stiffer making it more energy efficient. They are lighter than recurve bows since they are not made from wood but rather from lighter materials. Due to the difference in materials, compound bows are easier to transport and they are more durable, especially in bad weather. However, compound bows will need more maintenance than a recurve bow since they are more advanced. They have room for add-ons and attachment such s sights and rests. Typical compound bow maintenance includes getting it re-stringed since it requires a bow press. The typical price of a compound bow is usually more expensive than the price of a re-curve bow, ranging from between $300 and $700 although there are some that are available for a higher price. It is important to remember that since compound bows are more popular, there are many brand names available and advocates of certain brands may try to sway you into buying a specific bow. Do not rush your decision if you are looking to get a compound bow but be sure to choose one that you can best handle, afford, and take care of.


Which One is Right For You?

Deciding on whether to choose a recurve bow or a compound bow is a choice that should be taken seriously, especially since both of these bows cost a lot of money. Recurve bows are most recommended for beginners due to their traditional design, ease of use, cheapness in price, and lower-level of maintenance. They serve as good practice tools for getting into advanced archery. Beginners can use compound bows if they wish but they are much more expensive than recurve bows so it is sometimes better to go with the easier, cheaper option just in case you decide that archery is not something that you can handle or enjoy. More experienced archers may find the accuracy of compound bows more desirable than the accuracy of a recurve bow. They will also have more knowledge of bow maintenance, making it easier for themselves if anything goes wrong with the bow. It is important to analyze the differences between each bow. Do not jump to buy the most attractive, expensive fastest-shooting bow, especially if you are just looking to show it off. Instead, buy the bow that you feel most comfortable starting off with and work your way up.

About the author

Jeff Stevens is a writer and co-creator of the hunting website He enjoys fishing, hunting, playing the guitar, and writing. He recently helped to write an article about the compound vs recurve bow for hunting.

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Self Filmed Bow Kill

self filmed bow kill Kansas buck

I got some great deer hunting footage of this Kansas buck. It was my first self filmed bow kill.

I have always wanted to get a self filmed bow kill. Just recently I finally did just that and got my first self filmed bow kill.

Self Filmed Bow Kill

Well the cold weather had the bucks up and moving here in Kansas this morning. And it made for an exciting day of deer hunting. I arrived at one of my favorite deer hunting honey holes well before daylight and got settled in the loc-on in the edge of a huge soybean field. As the sun slowly came up I could tell it was going to be a great day for deer hunting in northeast Kansas  with the cold front settling in. I had gotten several trail camera pictures of bucks sparring recently so about 7:45 am I decided to do some light rattling and soft grunts, nothing to aggressive just a light rattle sequence and I threw in a few soft grunts. A couple of minutes later I spotted movement about 500 yards across the soybean field. I quickly put up my binoculars and could tell it was a nice buck heading my way through the uncut soybeans. When the buck got to the cut soybean field he started running towards me and he made his way to the wood-line I was set up in about 50 yards away. He was heading away from me at this point so I softly grunted at him and then I lost sight of him in the thick brush. Then I spotted him slowly coming down a trail that lead right to my stand. I swung my Motion camera arm and turned on my Canon XHA1s and got it zoomed and on the big bruiser. I was able to film him working a licking branch and thrashing trees with his antlers as he made his way down the trail to 15 yards from the base of my tree. When he turned to look the other way I drew my Mathews Z7 and settled my 20 yard pin on the boiler room. As soon as I released the arrow I could tell I had made a fatal shot on the big buck. He ran off and my heart was pumping. I had just filmed my first self filmed big buck bow kill. I had shoulder surgery back in April and at times didn’t know if I would be able to bow hunt at all this year. But now all the hard work of physical therapy had paid off and was able to get my first self filmed bow kill and got it done and caught it all on film. The big brute ran about 75 yards and piled up.

I can’t tell you how happy I am with my Mathews Z7. It is such a smooth sweet shooting bow. The buck never knew what hit him. He  was not as big as I thought he was but it is a trophy to me and it is a hunt that I will never forget. I had a heck of a time dragging him by myself and getting him loaded. Then I took him home and skinned and quartered him up and will be making some yummy jerky out of him. I can’t believe it’s mid October and I am tagged out on bucks here in Kansas but fellow Pro-staffer Troy will be coming to hunt here in Kansas for a week and I hope to help him get his first Kansas brute and get it all on film. It should be a lot of fun and I look forward to getting some more great whitetail footage to share with you.(note: the footage of the hunt has not been downloaded and edited yet)

My Mathews Z7 did a number on this big Kansas buck.

Here are some of the details and equipment used to make this a successful hunt.

  • Date October 19, 2011 Pre-rut
  • Location:Northeast Kansas, loc-on stand in edge of woods on 423 acre soybean field
  • Tempature:33 degrees, wind 20mph out of northwest
  • Time 7:55am
  • Bow: Mathews Z7 Lefthanded 60 pound draw 28 1/2 draw length 65% let-off
  • Sight: Apex Bone Collector 4 pin sight
  • Release: T.R.U.Ball Bone Collector The Beast Release
  • Arrow: BEMAN  340 Bone Collector carbon
  • Broadhead: G5 Montec 100 grain
  • Camera: Canon XHA1s HDV video camera
  • Camera Arm: Motion Camera Arm
  • Scent used: Code Red Doe pee, acorn scent wafer cover scent, Scent Killer 99% scent elimination spray

Deer Hunting Property Just Got Better

Deer Hunting Property South Georgia buck

Our deer hunting property has food water and cover and is a prime location to get big bucks like this one.

I am ready to go deer hunting. Why, you might ask?

Deer Hunting Property

Well today I found out the deer hunting property that I have permission to hunt across the road from where I live, the lady came over today and told me they will be planting in a yearly rotation corn, soybeans and wheat.  The property I have permission to hunt butts up to this property where the crops will be planted. And the property that butts up to the other end already is planted in crops every year. So where I hunt will have crops on both ends. It is a beautiful hardwood ridge with two creeks running through it. And a nice thick bedding area. It was already a great piece of property but the new crops on it will definitely improve it tremendously. The biggest problem I have with this is I have to rethink my stand situation.

I plan on going tomorrow and doing some post season scouting and some shed hunting. When I am scouting I will be considering some different stand locations and how the new crops will change the whitetails patterns. I have got a couple of places in mind for stands.

Scouting With Google Earth

I have been studying the land on Google Earth and I see a couple of funnel areas that would be a great spot to ambush a big cruising buck checking the feeding areas for does in estrous. If you haven’t tried Google Earth to scout your properties you might want to check it out it could save you some time scouting.

I was at Cabelas today and I bought some Whitetail Institute 30-06 mineral supplement  and I am going to establish a new salt/mineral lick spot. I also got a great deal on a Moultrie I65 Game Spy and I am going to put it out so we can watch them big bucks grow those antlers throughout the spring and summer. I am so pumped up and looking forward to going deer hunting this year.

Mathews Z7

One of the other reasons I am stoked is I got my new Mathews Z7 today and it is sweet. I have a broken shoulder and a torn rotator cuff and will be having surgery next week and I won’t  be able to shoot it for quite some time after that, so even though my shoulder is hurt I just had to shoot it today. And let me tell you I was impressed. The Z7 has a very smooth draw cycle and is quiet as quiet as a church mouse. It is all nice and fast too. I can’t say enough good things about this bow. If you are in the market for a new bow I would definitely recommend giving the Mathews Z7 a look.

sweet shooting bow

If you are in the market for a new bow I recommend giving the Mathews Z7 a look.