Brandon’s New Compound Bow Upgrade

Buying a New Compound Bow

Buying a new compound bow is a big purchase no doubt about it. It’s something you’re going to spend a lot of time with sharing both successes and frustrations. A fairly serious investment for most of us, you want to make sure buyer’s remorse and disappointment are the last thoughts you have when you open that bow case on your way to the range or the woods.

As fun as it can be, going to the archery shop looking for a new compound bow can be nerve-racking. It’s understandable with all of the different makes and models, features, and available upgrades. Someone looking to upgrade their bow can be easily overwhelmed by all of the options available to them.

When it comes to the bow buying experience, bigger isn’t always better. Many times, archers will find that sacrificing service for selection is the way to go. You shouldn’t feel like you’re just another transaction. You’re spending a good deal of your money, someone shouldn’t be telling you what to do, they should help guide you through the process by answering any questions you may have.

When looking at some outdated and overused parts of my current bow, I realized it had been over 5 years since I had last upgraded and knew it was time for a trip to the archery counter at Kinsey’s Outdoors. Having been a customer before I was a Field Staff member, I knew that I would have a wide array of options and selection for the brands and models of the newest bows. Not only is it the vast bow selection, but it’s also the archery accessories and arrows I need are all available there in the store. No shipping, no substitutions, no waiting.

The service I’ve always experienced is, to me, how an archery shop should be. Even the staff members I haven’t met are always  happy to help me and answer my questions. It doesn’t matter how busy they are, they want to help you be happy with your purchase and shoot better because they are recreational shooters, archers, and hunters themselves.

Walking back to the bow wall, I found the biggest brands and newest compound bows to pick up and check out. You can look at every catalog and website you want, but there’s just no substitute for holding and drawing back a bow for yourself. You might find the bow you’ve been looking at is a little heavy, not quite the size you thought, or just as perfect as you thought it’d be.

Over the years I’ve shot and hunted with Mathews, Bear, and Hoyt. All three were available with some additional brands like Bowtech to try out as well. I personally feel comfortable shooting a Hoyt and wanted to try out their new Torrex bow. So, in no time at all one of the staff was happy to hand me a few arrows, a release, and walk me over to the test range. There you have nothing to worry about but drawing and shooting at a target roughly 10 yards away.

After a few arrows, Kinsey’s Outdoors Pro Staff member, Doug, was helping me fit my previous sights and rest from my old bow onto my new compound bow. A process that’s not only educational but easy. For the next 20 minutes or so, I just got to hang out and chat about all things hunting with other members of the staff.

Not long after that, it was upstairs to the indoor archery range to sight the bow in at 20 yards. A few adjustments later it was dialed in and ready for the woods. For me, the bow’s weight was perfect, it’s accurate and draws easily from the early season to the late season. That’s all I really ask of my hunting bows and this one delivered on all accounts.

I decided to keep my old bow as a back up in case I need it. You certainly don’t have to and Kinsey’s Outdoors wants to help you sell your old bow if that’s what you need to do in order to buy a new bow. It’s a service I’ve used in the past and they’ll handle all of the details of selling your old bow on consignment. For me, it has helped bridge the gap getting a new bow when I didn’t really want to keep my old bow.

You may know what you want, you may not. Whether you want or need a new compound bow it’s definitely worth the trip to the easy-going archery counter at Kinsey’s Outdoors. They hunt, they shoot, and they have the experience to point you in the right direction to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Three Sundays to Hunt

No matter on which side of the conversation you were on, history will be made this hunting season in Pennsylvania. For the first time ever, hunters will be legally allowed to hunt deer and bear on a Sunday expanding opportunities for hunters whose time is at a premium with work, school, and other family activities.

You may have seen the headlines back in the spring and even sifted through an article or two when the announcement was made. Now that historic change is close on the calendar, some may not know when, and what can be hunted these first Sundays.

The final approval was given to the dates of November 15 for archery deer hunting, November 22 for firearms bear hunting, and November 29 for firearms deer hunting. This three-week span undoubtedly provides an enormous opportunity for green or seasoned hunters and their families to make the most out of limited time afield.

The first Sunday during archery season for deer is not only an extra chance to fill that tag alone, it also occurs during a coveted, although debated and always changing, timing of the whitetail breeding season known to archery hunters as the rut. Bucks consumed with the yearly focus on breeding with receptive does tend to throw caution aside and come out of hiding providing an opportunity to hunters at larger bucks who most of the year spend their time hiding and moving at night.

November 22 brings a gift in the form of a firearms bear hunting opportunity, which if you’ve never participated in hunting for bear here in the keystone state, try to make friends with someone who’ll take you. The experience to hunt these elusive animals in some of the state’s prettiest country is a challenge well worth the effort. Having that first Sunday really opens things up to hunters who may have limited vacation time to use on an already limited season.

Finally, the tradition of traditions in Pennsylvania, the firearms season for whitetail deer. Generations of hunters can search back through some of their favorite memories of hunting with family and friends, here and gone, on those frosty mornings waiting for that shot. Corkboards in camps across the state are filled the pictures of past seasons. Cherished memories hanging there with every thumbtack.

Now hunters young and old have a chance to make more of those memories. Especially those families with limited time to spare, that in recent years elected not to go at all because a single day wasn’t worth time and money to go. This also benefits those communities in the state that rely on hunter dollars coming in as a result of this tradition. Revenue that had been declining hopefully now, will be infused back into these communities as hunters can justify spending money on a trip to the woods.

Whether you’ve had these dates circled on your calendar, or didn’t know about them, try to take advantage of this historic opportunity. This change has come after decades of debate in a state with a rich hunting tradition and an incredible opportunity for game on abundant public and private land. This is something a lot of individuals and organizations fought to achieve in the newspapers and the halls of the state capital. You’re likely to interact with other hunters and non-hunters out there who may not know the new regulations. Be safe and respectful, we as hunters get to see and take part in a lot of incredible things while hunting not everyone understands.

From all of us at Kinsey’s Outdoors be excited, be safe, best of luck, and let us know how you do out there.