Who keeps an extra bow on hand?

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  1. Hammerin Hank

    Hammerin Hank Newb

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    Just wondering how many guys keep an extra bow on hand? I have a Hoyt Powerhawk that I have been keeping as a backup and quite honestly its hung on my wall for the last 3 years since I replaced it with a Spyder 30. Always thought I better keep an extra bow on hand...just in case. So I went to the range tonight and thought what the heck I'll throw it in the truck and shoot it a few times. Shot 30 or so shots with the spyder then grabbed the ol Powerhawk. Talk about a step back. Still accurate with it, but didn't really enjoy shooting it. My immediate thought was I gotta get rid of this thing and maybe get enough to buy my daughter a new bow, get myself a new release, etc, etc, etc. I have a longer list of wants than $ to spend on them. But in the back of my mind there is that "what if its Nov 4 and something goes wrong?"

    *I should add that I have an extra string/cables for my Spyder. So it would have to be a limb issue that would put me out of commission.
     
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  2. Bootlegger

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    I keep two ready to go.

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  3. tc racing

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    only own one. all I can afford.
     
  4. elkguide

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    Only one back up?
     
  5. elkguide

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    I might have a couple "just in case" bows all set up!
     
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    Yes and no.
    70# Centergy Hybrid for big game.
    65# Rival for whitetail and 3D
    58# Rival for indoor target.

    Should sell one but enjoying it while I can.

    I thought the question was going to be if you travel to hunts with a back up bow. I should but don't.


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  7. Planopurist

    Planopurist Weekend Warrior

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    I currently only have a whitetail bow. With multiple bows do you try to get bows that shoot similarly - eccentrics, grips, holding weight, etc. ?


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  8. Trevor TFO

    Trevor TFO Weekend Warrior

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    My old bow is set up for Bowfishing now but if I'm in a pinch in the fall I could easily convert it back and use it if I really had to.
     
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    I travel to hunt 95% of the time so I pack 2. The "elk" set up is ranged at yardage that's overkill for deer but it's still fun to fling them out to 80 back at camp.
     
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  10. KjKlump

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    If I did alot of traveling to hunt I probably would. Furthest I go is to a camp once a year with the owner of our local shop, so I have a bow tech at camp.
    Plus I can shoot my buddies bows.
     
  11. rick-florida

    rick-florida Weekend Warrior

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    Have two spare bows if needed.
     
  12. Whitetail

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    During hunting season I always have (at least) a back up ready to go. I even shoot it now and then. My time to hunt is precious. Last year I worked 200 days in a row until I sat in a tree for a day. I don't want to spend time working on a bow or driving to a shop when I could be hunting.

    About 10 years ago on Halloween my bow started shooting BH 6" right. Couldn't figure it out. I had "borrowed" my backup bow to my brother who live 150 miles away. So I had to drive to a shop, 45 miles away. Turns out I had a cracked limb at the limb bolt. By the time new limbs came I was without a bow for a week...during the best hunting week of the year. Now I have at least 1 other bow ready to hunt. If I have an issue tonight I can grab a different bow and still hunt in the morning.
     
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    I have an extra bow as a backup.
     
  14. cantexian

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    I have a back up PSE Deerhunter. It was my first bow. I am currently shoot the set up in my signature. It is my second.


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  15. elkguide

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    I usually have at least one bow set up very similar to the one that I am hunting with that year.

    Makes it easy to just grab and go if the need should arise.
     
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    Just one extra?
     
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    Yeah, I usually have a spare laying around.
     
  18. Marauder

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    I have a Mission Venture in case of emergencies. Hope it never comes to that. :tu:
     
  19. Velvetbuck

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    I have a back up bow just in case.
     
  20. henson59

    henson59 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I plan on purchasing a new bow later this year. My plan is to keep my Experience as a backup just in case something happens or if any of my buddies need a bow because something happened to theirs.
     

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