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#3357603 - 09/13/13 12:12 AM 1980's bows
southernhunter
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Being 36 . My first memory's of bow's or bow hunting was when my dad came in with a 1985 ish model bear bow . It had the plastic flipper for a rest,round cam and was painted camo with brown and Black leafs on a green riser and shot aluminum camo arrows . Bow hunting never set good with dad and I ended up falling in love with bows and bow hunting with the old same bow . It still sets in a closet at my dads house and sometimes I am all most tempted to dig it out and and get the old bow shooting again ( if possible) . If it was t for switching to a lefty a few years back I probably would have by now . Any way I said all that just to ask how many of y'all are still shooting / hunting with the 80's bows ?

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#3357815 - 09/13/13 09:05 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
Jake47
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Killed my first bow deer with a bow like that in '99. It was a Jennings "Black Lighting" and I was an 'expert' marksman with that 50# bow. I only hunted with it the one year an then graduated to a Jennings "Buckmaster". That first bow has been passed around to many people who have wanted to get a child into bow hunting. Unfortunately, it has not been used on another deer, but with any luck, my first kid will have the opportunity to use it.
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#3357847 - 09/13/13 09:29 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Jake47]
stik
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I have an '84 model bear magnum hunter set up for bowfishing. it was my 1st bow and I killed my first deer with it.
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#3357934 - 09/13/13 10:27 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
infoman jr.
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 Originally Posted By: southernhunter
Being 36 . My first memory's of bow's or bow hunting was when my dad came in with a 1985 ish model bear bow . It had the plastic flipper for a rest,round cam and was painted camo with brown and Black leafs on a green riser and shot aluminum camo arrows .

That sounds exactly like the bow I inherited from Infoman (down to the flipper rest) except his limbs were covered in camo duct tape!
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#3357994 - 09/13/13 11:13 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: infoman jr.]
Urban_Hunter
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My first bow kill was with a similar era PSE. Had the flipper rest and steel cables with only about an 18" string. Opening day my first day ever bow hunting shot a 3 pointer, most memorable hunt ever. Arrow wasn't even close to a pass through and trailed him for 150yds. The next year I upgraded to the PSE Nova and thought I had hit the jackpot!
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#3358034 - 09/13/13 11:37 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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still have two old bear compounds. those things are big as a truck. \:D
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#3358265 - 09/13/13 03:15 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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#3358421 - 09/13/13 05:58 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
Radar
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Jennings Sidekick III was my first bow . I think it was a 79 or 1980 model , when I used it my first bow hunting season in 1981 . Wish I woulld have kept it , along with my other 80's bows . They were great finger shooting rigs with the long ATA .
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#3358442 - 09/13/13 06:34 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Radar]
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My first was a McPherson gc 2000. Thought it was awesome at the time.
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#3358452 - 09/13/13 06:48 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: muddyboots]
rem2506
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The best bow that I had in the 80s was a proline tornado 2 magnum. shot 2117 Easton xx75s and a wasp head. killed three the first year. those were good times.
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#3358453 - 09/13/13 06:48 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: muddyboots]
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The first bow I ever hunted with was a teenager. It was Darton Ranger 45 pound recurve. Wooden arrow shafts and that Single head bear broad head that was popular in the late 70's.

I stepped up and bought a compound bow in 1980 that was Bear Whitetail. Then in 1983 I bought a Jennings T-Star II compound bow. Killed my first archery deer with the Jennings.

Compared to modern bows they were loud, slow and hard to use.
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#3358543 - 09/13/13 08:10 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
Harold Money jr
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Hoyt Provantage tracer 1988. I've got it back shooting again and plan on hunting with it this fall. I'll be shooting XX75 2216's and Thunderhead 125's with a tab. It is as accurate as I remember. I'm having a ball shooting this old bow and will probably shoot it bare bow.
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#3358597 - 09/13/13 09:06 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Harold Money jr]
Radar
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 Originally Posted By: Harold Money jr
Hoyt Provantage tracer 1988. I've got it back shooting again and plan on hunting with it this fall. I'll be shooting XX75 2216's and Thunderhead 125's with a tab. It is as accurate as I remember. I'm having a ball shooting this old bow and will probably shoot it bare bow.

I wish I still owned some of my old school setups . I had an old Hoyt ProForce Extreme . Killed a bunch of deer with it .
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#3358677 - 09/13/13 10:05 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Radar]
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Harold. Sounds awesome
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#3358750 - 09/14/13 12:19 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
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killer thread, brings back memories. my first ever compound was a Browning explorer that I traded my uncle for (screwed me good too he got a Marlin lever gun in .35), but I thought that was the coolest thing on the planet, shot for sevral years.

My hunt'n buddy next door got the bow bug after he shot my Browning so his mama gave him the money to buy a brand new Bear whitetail (his dad worked for TVA so they could afford a new bow), steel cables,magnesium riser,brown & slow, but it was a love machine for 1980.

Found thid one on flea bay, maybe I should buy so the guy can invest in a good pair of toe nail clippers, dig those dew claws (extra pics) !!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-BROWNING...=item51b1935fc2


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#3358993 - 09/14/13 10:55 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: rem2506]
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First bow I was 13 and got a browning cobra 2. Was a wood compound bow.Man I shot a lot of arrow through that bow. Wish I still had it.
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#3359146 - 09/14/13 02:20 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: jmlost]
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Did you guys get caught up in the over draw craze. Its a wonder i ddint explode a bow with those little short light arrows.
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#3359358 - 09/14/13 05:19 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: muddyboots]
southernhunter
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Muddy boots, the first bow I bought had a overdraw and pendulum sight . It was a McPherson bow if I remember right .
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#3359500 - 09/14/13 07:34 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: southernhunter]
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Still have my Hoyt Spectra Eclipse. I'm trying to find a string and cable set and see how she shoots. I loved that bow back then and still do now.
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#3359551 - 09/14/13 08:19 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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One of my favorite bows in the late 80's was a High country Trophy Hunter. One of the first compounds with a 65% let off .

http://issuu.com/highcountryarchery/docs/hca-1998
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#3362046 - 09/16/13 10:01 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: Radar]
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I still use a 1987 Browning Magnum Plus. She may be slow (220's) but she hits hard! TNDeerGuy's got a blob on a hand truck, was getting a new sight dialed in. Hit the cross member and dented it but good!
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#3362164 - 09/17/13 03:07 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: eweisner]
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Bear whitetail 2

Never killed squat with it. \:D

It was probably a 70's bow though.
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#3362433 - 09/17/13 08:16 AM Re: 1980's bows [Re: RUGER]
nock
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My first was an old Indian bow around 1979. They sure have changed a lot.
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#3362819 - 09/17/13 12:54 PM Re: 1980's bows [Re: nock]
Urban_Hunter
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I got one for yall.

My grandfather has an old Browning from the early 80's with what he still calls a "top of the line range finding sight" on it. It has a lever that you put your pointer finger through by the grip and by moving you finger towards or away from the riser the pin goes up or down. There is a bar above the pin. He says you put the pin on the bottom of the belly and the bar at the top of the back when you aim, that in turn puts the pin in the right spot. Then remove your finger and put the pin on kill zone and let 'er eat. He said it's good to an astonishing 35 yards. \:\)
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