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I haven't been able to bow hunt for a few years because of time due to work, divorce, etc. Now I have recently retired and want to get back into it. Now the problem is I have a bad shoulder and am trying to find a bow that's not to difficult to draw. The only one I have tried recently that seemed okay was the Diamond which I believe is a new one, set at 71 lbs. I was able to draw it with no pain. What other bows are recommended?
I would like a compound but if I have to I may have to settle for a crossbow. I am in Ohio so they are legal.

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I would suggest trying bows at a lower draw weight. You can certainly be very effective at lower weights and have less stress on that shoulder.

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As redrider mentioned.
A compound at 50# with a 75 or 80% let off is plenty of bow for any hunting in these here lower 48.
All compounds manufacturers make bows that have adjustable weight. There are a lot of great bows to choose from. I have a preference to Martins and they have adjustable limb weight offerings of 45# to 60# and 55# to 70# but try as many as are available, indifferent configurations.
I don't know your skill level. So I wouldn't know which model to recommend. Cam configuration be it one, one and a half, two soft or two hard have different feels and delivery curves. Some are very smooth and some are very abrupt.

The arrow choice is another consideration. Accessories are another consideration.
The longer the brace height. The more forgiving a bow is to shoot.
The longer it is from axle to axle. The more forgiving it is to shoot.
I think archery is the cat's meow. Have fun doin' it

This info should give you a good idea as to what to look for and ask about in your search.

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71 lbs thats still alot of weight & with a bad shoulder. maybe pull 60 lbs ?
I dont know your age but if you do have a bad shoulder already it'll only get worse with age, so it might be something to look at just getting a crossbow right from the start, so theres no wasting money down the road EX 1st year you can use a bow ok but the 2nd year your shoulder is hurting more then you need to go buy a crossbow & sell the bow for alot less than what you payed for it.

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Thanks for the replies. It is all useful information. The problem with my shoulder is a bone spur. It can be fixed but I don't like hospitals. If it gets bad enough I'll do it.
I was unfamiliar with what is on the market these days but have been looking. My recent trip to Cabelas I was checking bows. I was impressed with the Diamond Black Ice. It's new, rather expensive, but at the time I didn't know about Bowtech bows. After reading this forum they sound like great bows. It was set at 71 lbs, and adjustable down. I still want to check out other bows first. Any one know about the Black Ice?
The crossbow isn't out of the question yet. I'm kind of stuborn and want to use a compound, (just ask my present wife). My step-son has a nice crossbow that he doesn't use. So if the compound doesn't work out in a couple of years a trade will be in order. I am 54 yrs old by the way.

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Something else to consider....you may be able to draw 71# in the store or at the range but it's a whole different ball game when you freezing your butt off in a tree stand. I spent a cold morning sitting in a tree stand and about mid-morning I tried to draw my bow. I was so stove up I couldn't get it drawn halfway. I decided to climb down and go home. When I got out of my stand and on the ground, I tried to draw my bow again and had no problems drawing the weight. Lesson learned. I don't have my bow set up for my max draw weight. I need to be able to shoot it when the time comes. Yes

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Good point. Something else to consider.
Maybe I'll see you in NH. I put in for a moose permit again. In Vermont also. I spent a lot of time in Vermont last year.

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NH Hunter wrote:
Something else to consider....you may be able to draw 71# in the store or at the range but it's a whole different ball game when you freezing your butt off in a tree stand. I spent a cold morning sitting in a tree stand and about mid-morning I tried to draw my bow. I was so stove up I couldn't get it drawn halfway. I decided to climb down and go home. When I got out of my stand and on the ground, I tried to draw my bow again and had no problems drawing the weight. Lesson learned. I don't have my bow set up for my max draw weight. I need to be able to shoot it when the time comes. Yes

A lot to be said here. This same thing happened to me when I was trying to hunt with 70 pluse lbs on my bow, it can be alot for anybody under the right circumstances. I now hunt at 66 lbs but to kill a deer at 20 yds all you need is 45 lbs.
With the shoulder on thing to look for is wheels or "soft" cam's as opposed to cams. Wheels or soft cams pull back easyer and are more forgiving than a camed bow.

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if not illegal there why not try a croosbow,or the draw loc system

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Better late than never I guess......
As an "older" bow hunter with the fever for it and bad neck bone spurs, back, and popping shoulders, etc. (ha ha) there is good ideas above I agree with.
I would get a 60# bow and stay away from radical cams. A high let-off is a good idea too. You don't need to pull big weights to kill something, and you should want a nice smooth draw.
I shoot a smooth one cam bow (Matthews Q2) at 60 lbs myself, but there are many fine bows out today in the market that will fit the requirement. I want to be able to draw in any situation- sitting, kneeling, tree-stand, etc.
Sit yourself down in a chair next time you try one out and hold it out in front of you and draw it without having to move the bow. If you have to grunt and point at the sky as you draw, it is too much for you in my opinion. Especially if it hurts, ha ha. Drawing one in a store, or even standing at the range does not mirror most hunting situations in my experience.
My 2 cents of advice anyway. Good luck.
PS- since you are just starting, I recommend a good brace height too of about seven inches or so.

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Well for bows in the 60-70lb range i like the hoyt vectrix for its stealthiness, but I would recomend the new PSE x-force, because even though you will be shooting at 60lbs, you will get 67ftlbs of kinetic energy and an arrow going over 300fps What??

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