posted on Mar, 9 2013 @ 08:41 PM
I own both compound and recurve. I hunt from a stand with a compound, but stalk with a recurve.
A compound bow has incredible advantages from a stand. Because a compound "stacks", (gets easier to pull the further you draw it), you can hold it
at full draw much longer, while you acquire the perfect shot. I can barely hold a 50 lb recurve for 3 seconds, while 8 seconds is mundane with a
compound. A compound can mount a magnifying scope, front and rear sights, and all sorts of other gadgets. And it has the force to push an arrow
completely through a deer's torso!
But the thing is, I love to stalk.
For me, stalking is the very heart of hunting. Creeping up to within 20 yards of the target, without being heard or seen, then getting off a shot.
By the time I begin the draw, my quarry can usually sense that something is predatorial in the neighborhood. That's when it all comes down to
overcoming your buck fever, and knowing how you'll respond as things change with every passing second.
You can't really drag a compound bow through the brush. Compounds have sights that will got knocked out of alignment against a branch. Blades of
grass will get caught on the cables, and hang up in the pulleys. Compounds frequently weigh four pounds or more.
More than that, compounds are ... not silent. Stand next to a compound shooter, and listen to them draw. I have never found a completely silent
pulley-bow. There's always a creaking, a hiss, a scrape. That doesn't matter when you are 40 yards away and 30 ft up a tree; but when you're 15
yards away behind a gamble oak, it will end the hunt right there.
The compound is an incredibly specialized, even delicate, piece of machinery. A traditional bow is basically a stick and a string.
Yes, I am strongly biased against compounds. I believe that they are designed by "The Industry" for sportsmen who don't have time to develop the
skills of stalking and instinctive shooting. Think about it; every part of a compound bow is designed to remove the "art" of archery---to make the
weapon more and more like a rifle and less like a bow.
Lighted scope sights (just like a rifle). a mechanical trigger (modeled after a rifle). A faster and faster projectile so there is negligible drop
(like a high-powered rifle). A built-on quiver (almost like a magazine).
I love rifle hunting. I love tree-stand shooting. But I live for stalking....