I used to strictly use fingers until I held a draw on a deer for about ten minutes. It was fifteen years ago and I still don't have all the feeling back in one of my fingers.Oh, and my uncle refuses to use a release. Still shoots that old compound with his fingers.
Not sure which state you're in, but that's how most folks in SD end up using a crossbow. Shoulder can't handle drawing the weight anymore so you can use crossbow with a doctor's permission.I still have my Herters recurve (70's) and my four wheel Jennings Arrowstar. (80's) I stopped hunting for 27 years and for Christmas, my wife bought me a PSE somethingorother 6 years ago. I intend to use it as long as I can draw it back and it is cranked as low as it will go.
If they make a torn rotator cuff friendly bow, someone please let me know.
Thanks _Goat. Nevada and yes, that may be coming. The thought of it is a real bummer. Someday I'll tell the story of the "disabled " crossbow hunter that mortally wounded two 300" bulls last year. Didn't recover either.Not sure which state you're in, but that's how most folks in SD end up using a crossbow. Shoulder can't handle drawing the weight anymore so you can use crossbow with a doctor's permission.
I won't side track the thread, but I'm totally okay with using crossbows for those unable to draw a vertical bow. Makes sense to me.
As for when I replace a bow, only when I have to. First bore the cam cracked and they don't make the cam since like the 90's. Replaced it for safety.
Next bow lasted until the fire. The bow want physically burned, but that's a lot of energy next to your face, so I had insurance replace it out of an over abundance of safety.
Don't figure I'll replace my current bow until it breaks on me which is hopefully years down the road.
Dad bought me a hoyt raider when I was 16 used it for 8 years. Bought my friends hoyt razrtec in 2005 shot that until 2018 and upgraded to a hoyt nitrum 30 and will probably have that for atleast 10 years. I get attached to them.
Alphamax’s were great bows! There are things about the one I had I still miss.Still rocking a Hoyt Alphamax 35. I’ve been looking at new bows for the past 5 years, haven’t found “the one.”
The new bows out today all seem really bulky, I like the sleek/narrow look and feel of the one I have better.