Just like the complicated crossbow market, there are so many great compound bow manufacturers in the market today producing amazing products.
For any avid bow hunter, trying to choose the right compound bow from among them is like trying to choose the sweetest piece of candy in an entire candy store!
However, if you are not an avid bow hunter, then trying to choose the single best model for you from among the seemingly endless number of choices can be a somewhat daunting task to say the least.
Fortunately, with a little knowledge at hand, narrowing the field is not quite so monumental a task as it might first appear to be. Therefore, because archery is our passion, we have gladly done the work for you and thus, in the following article, you will find a list of what we feel are the top compound hunting bows of 2017.
Top Hunting Compound Bow Comparison Guide:
|View on Amazon:||Video User Reviews:||Our Rating:||Price:|
|Infinite Edge Black Ops||Infinite Edge Video||$|
|SAS Rage Compound Bow||SAS Rage Video||$|
|DIamond By Bowtech Core||Diamond Bowtech Core Video||$$|
|PSE Madness||PSE Madness Video||$$$$|
|Apollo Tactical Compound Bow||Apollo Tactical Video||$$$$|
In the table above, you will find the Compound Bows sorted by the following categories:
1.Compound Bow brand and name/model: Click to view more details or to purchase.
2.Video Reviews: Video reviews from different users around the internet on youtube.
3.Rating: Greatoudooring.com’s Rating of each model.
4.Price: Approximate prices on Amazon.com. Generally Speaking: $ = under $300, $$ = $300 to $350, $$$ = $350 to $400, $$$$ = $400+
Still unsure of which one to pick after looking at our comparison guide? No problem!
Take a look at our quick jump menu below and hop to any of the models that may interest you the most.
Each model is broken down into more detail to provide you with the information you need to make an educated buying decision.
When choosing a compound hunting bow, there are certain criteria that every hunter considers to be important. For instance, the bow must be fast so that it has the flattest possible trajectory, it must be compact so that it is easy to maneuver in a tree stand or a ground blind, and it must be relatively light weight so that it is not a burden to carry into and out of the woods. Also, it must be consistently accurate so that the arrow strikes where it’s aimed each and every time in order to humanely harvest the game animal.
In addition, most hunters want a bow that is smooth to draw, smooth to shoot, and quiet as a whisper so that it does not spook the game. Furthermore, most hunters want a bow with a high degree of let-off so that they can hold the least amount of draw weight possible when the bow is fully drawn.
Beyond that, it is imperative that you choose both the correct draw weight and the correct draw length because heavier draw weights will produce faster arrow speeds but, one that is too heavy will be difficult to draw and, a draw length that is either too short or too long will make the bow difficult to shoot.
Fortunately, most modern compound bows have a considerable range of adjustment that can be made to both the draw weight and the draw length and thus, it is only necessary to choose the correct range and then you can customize the bow to suite you.
So, when choosing a compound hunting bow, do not automatically assume that the most expensive brand or model is the best choice for you.
Instead, use the Web to narrow down your choices and then visit a few local archery shops and shoot the bows you are most interested in so that you can determine which one you like best.
Top Compound Hunting Bows for 2017:
Below, you will find a list of what we feel are the top ten compound hunting bows of 2017 based upon the features and technology that they incorporate.
1. Diamond Infinite Edge Black Ops:
The Diamond Infinite Edge Black Ops is an excellent choice for those hunters on a budget because it features a reflexed, machined, aluminum riser with a comfortable grip.
It also has solid limbs and adjustment ability that allows for a wide range of draw lengths and draw weights in order to create a bow that can adapt right along with an archer’s growing skills.
In addition, with an IBO speed of 310 fps., the Provider is plenty fast for hunting and with an axle-to-axle length of just 31 inches, it is a very compact bow that is easily maneuvered in a tree stand or ground blind.
Furthermore, the incredible range of draw lengths and draw weights makes it one of the most adjustable bows on the market and thus, it is the perfect bow for beginners because it enables them to experiment with different draw lengths and draw weights as their skills improve.
|Axle to Axle Length:||31 in.|
|Mass Weight:||3.3 lbs.|
|Brace Height:||7.5 in.|
|Draw Weight:||20-70 lbs.|
|Draw Length:||25.5-31 in.|
2. SAS Rage Compound Bow:
The SAS Rage has become a favorite of many over the last couple year, specifically for the cost to bow ratio. It’s a budget bow that gets the job done.
It features a lightweight riser that features cutouts, along with a comfortable grip and compressed ABS limbs for a longer lifespan.
The SAS Rage is both quiet and accurate and while some would think this is an entry level bow based on the price, it is anything but that. With an axle-to-axle length of 35 inches, it sits right in the middle of the pack on length.
If you are okay to deal without the bells and whistles of the the Infinite Edge Black Ops at a fraction of the price, this is a solid pickup.
|Axle to Axle Length:||35 in.|
|Net Weight:||4.4 lbs.|
|Draw Weight:||55-70 lbs.|
|Draw Length:||26-30 in.|
3. Diamond by Bowtech Core:
The Diamond by Bowtech Core features a lightweight, reflexed, machined aluminum, riser along with Bowtech’s Hardcore limbs and their Center Pivot Extreme technology.
This technology uses the extended riser combined with a minimal limb pocket to place the pivot point of the limb near its center while allowing it to flex on either side of the pivot to produce the most precise limb alignment and the fastest response time in the industry for superior accuracy and efficiency.
It’s built with some of the leading compound bow technology on the market today and is an excellent choice for anyone with a slightly higher budget.
Consequently, the Bowtech Core is both quiet and accurate but, with a weight of 4.5 lbs. and a axle-to-axle length of 31 inches, it is rather compact.
|Speed:||336 fps. (w/75% Let Off)|
|Axle to Axle Length:||31 in.|
|Mass Weight:||3.2 lbs.|
|Brace Height:||7.25 in.|
|Draw Weight:||50, 60, & 70 lbs.|
|Draw Length:||32-30 in.|
4. PSE Madness 34:
The PSE Bow Madness has long been a favored PSE model that has been upgraded for 2015 with the Bow Madness 34 which features PSE’s exclusive Hybrid Madness Cam which adjusts like a hybrid cam but provides the speed you are looking for in a hunting bow.
Also, it features a reflexed, forged, aluminum riser with pre-loaded quad limbs and dual cams that deliver a blazing 342 fps with 80% let-off.
Plus, it also features an adjustable string dampener in addition to other vibration dampeners located at strategic points on the bow for less post shot vibration and increased accuracy.
However, with an axle-to-axle length of 34.25 inches, it is somewhat less maneuverable than the shorter models listed here and, with a mass weight of 4.1 lbs. is somewhat heavier that some of the other bows listed here.
|Axle to Axle Length:||34.25 in.|
|Mass Weight:||4.1 lbs.|
|Brace Height:||6 in.|
|Draw Weight:||50- 60, & 60-70 lbs.|
|Draw Length:||34.5-30.5 in.|
5. Apollo Tactical from Expedition Research LLC:
At 320 fps., the Apollo Tactical Compound bow is one of the faster compound bows on our list and with it’s fully assembled package, it comes easy to use right out of the box.
It features a CNC proprietary milled aluminum alloy riser with a built in weighted dampening system. It includes a total of 4 dampening units for the limbs (2 large, 2 small).
The Apollo’s warranty is one of the best in the business with a full lifetime warranty on the main riser and replaced consumable parts at cost right from their factory.
A great feature about the Apollo is the adjustable draw weight from 25-70 pound without t need to employ a bow press to make the changes
As a result, the Apollo Tactical is an excellent choice for both hunters and 3D competition shooters.
|Speed:||320 fps. (w/75% Let Off)|
|Axle to Axle Length:||Unknown|
|Mass Weight:||4 lbs.|
|Brace Height:||7 in.|
|Draw Weight:||25 - 70 lbs.|
|Draw Length:||19-30 in.|
Wrap Up & Conclusion
So, when choosing a compound hunting bow, you should first look for a model that is within your price range and then choose one that is fast, compact, and lightweight.
Also, you should choose a model that is both smooth to draw and smooth to shoot as well as one that is highly accurate.
Then, you will need to determine the maximum draw weight that you can comfortably draw as well as your preferred draw length and then choose your bow accordingly.
But, most important of all, it is imperative that you shoot all of the bows you are considering because there is often a significant difference between the feel of one bow and another regardless of its price or technology.