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Location: Bear River, Nova Scotia
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I am considering buying a new compound in the Spring. I am presently shooting an older Whitetail II by Bear. It has served me well, I have been successful at hunting whitetails and on th 3-D tournaments.
However, I think it is time to move up. I have been looking at Martins, the Jaguar boasts 305 fps at a very affordable price, but, a local archery dealer told me that they have a magnesium riser and shouldn't be exposed to really hot or cold temperatures. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and our bow season runs from the end of September until the second week of December. -20 degree temps are not uncommon in December.
I would like to hear from anyone who shoots a Martin, especially a Jaguar. I would also like to hear reccommendations on a new bow from experienced archers. Thank You

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Joined: 12/23/2003
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http://www.PARKERBOWS.COM

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Joined: 12/07/2003
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If price is not an option I would look into Mathews, but for a more affordable bow take a look at PSE great bows that shoot very well. I do suggest a one cam no matter what brand you decide on. My friend bought an Alpine this year and he loves it. Good luck hope you find a good one.

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Location: Texarkana, AR USA
Joined: 02/20/2003
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I am partial to Mathews............they shoot ohh soo good.

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I would like to add that Hoyt's cam & 1/2 is a great shooting system. Since my last post I have has the chance to shoot one, well let me tell you I am going to buy one in the next few weeks. Now I just have to decied on what model.

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Location: Bridgewater, VA
Joined: 01/31/2004
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The new Mathews Outback is a great choice and is probably one of the smoothest bows I have owned.

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Location: "on loan" to San Diego
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Ladder:

I'd be initally inclined to speak with a bowshop professional and tell them that you have been shooting a Whitetail. They should be able to recommend a bow that balances or handles approximately the same way. Then I'd test shoot a couple of the bows to see how they "feel" to you. Hopefully these bows will be in the "performance" range you're looking for or otherwise you'll need to get accustomed a different "feel" bow to get the performance you're after. It has been my experience that in speaking with a experienced professional it can save you hours (and dollars) in the long haul. My bowhunting partner and I shoot very different bows and have done so thru the years not based solely on what the hottest performance bow might be "AT THE TIME." Performance CAN really make a difference. However, knowing your quarry, how to stalk(or stand), how to shoot and when to shoot can negate the popular perception of "THE NEED FOR SPEED."

No matter your selection, please remember that as archers(AND HUNTERS) we OWE IT TO OUR QUARRY TO KILL THEM IN THE MOST QUICK AND HUMANE WAY POSSIBLE AT ALL TIMES....

"KNOW YOU CAN ,OR DON'T LET FLY"

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Location: Bear River, Nova Scotia
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Thanks for all the great advice guys - The 3-D shoots are starting to come around again and it will give me a chance to see and hold alot of the bows I have been considering. Thanks again!

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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Just a thought. If you are shooting a Whitetail II (like I did for many years) and doing well with it, theres no reason you need the fastest bow possible. You have proven that it doesnt need to be fast to be acurate! I like the sugestion of getting a bow with a similar feel to it as "old reliable".
About the magnezium question....Isn't the Whitetail II made of magnezium?

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Location: Bear River, Nova Scotia
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Yes it is - however, I have been lucky and tagged out early in the season. I am not necessarily looking for the fastest bow on the market, but a good bow at a reasonable price.

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Joined: 10/29/2003
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HOYT!
Look for an older model Hoyt. You can find a 2002 Magnatec ZR200 very reasonably priced these days. I just got mine this year and it is an unbelieveable bow for the money. You can find them new on Ebay alot too.

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