I thought this was the Archery section? Now back to the original question: There are a lot of "good" brands and what you like today may not be what you like tomorrow. Archery has come leaps and bounds from when I was a kid and Bear and AMF were the only game in town. Some, and I'm forgetting a few, of the known ones are Hoyt, Matthew's, and PSE. I'd suggest going to a dedicated archery shop, instead of the archery department in a large store, and having a chat with them. It's even better if they have a range too. Take the time to pick their brain but be prepared to buy your first one from them to. If we don't support these specialized shops they won't stay in business. I'm willing to bet that an archery shop wants you to have the right equipment. While making a sale, and profit is their goal, I'm willing to bet that 99.999% of all archery shops recognize the value of a returning customer and will try to do right by you. Biker
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.