The Bear Compound Bow – A Quality Weapon For The Serious Hunter

The Bear Compound Bow – A Quality Weapon For The Serious Hunter



I often wonder if Fred Bear produced the most macho looking line of archery equipment because of his name or in spite of it. He must have had the heck of a time with that name in school, was it revenge perhaps?

Despite his name, or because of it, Fred Bear became a legendary sportsman amongst men – a yogi perhaps, as archery has become best scopes a religion to some who would never purchase anything other than the Yogi – sorry Fred – Bear name brand products.

Fred Bear started his archery company in the depression, now that’s optimism in itself, perhaps he wanted something he could use efficiently that he could kill some dinner with – one of his company’s favorite sayings is “it’s all about the hunt”.

By owning a Bear compound bow you know you will have years of excellent sport as the Bear compound bow is renowned for its limb performance – and that is where all the power comes from in a bow.

Bear knew every aspect of making bows, he learned from the legendary Art Young back at the beginning of the twentieth century. He started to make his own bows, strings and arrows in his spare time. Within only a few years of starting his hobby, his friends were demanding bows from him, and soon his pastime turned into the Bear Archery Company. He has spent some time in the advertising industry in Detroit, so he knew about marketing, and that knowledge, along with his skill in making archery equipment, started the company we know today.

Like Yogi Bear, Fred Bear was known for his felt hat, and he made many films about archery and his weather-worn face became a symbol of American sports and hunting. In the late 1940s the Bear Archery company moved to Michigan. Fred died in 1988.

His company lives on, and the Bear compound bow is now top of the company’s best seller list. There are many to choose from and these are no faint-hearted bows. With names like The Attack, The Mauler and The Home Wrecker, you know the Bear compound bow means business.

Even in the twenty odd years since his death, it makes you wonder if Fred would even recognize a compound bow for what it is. The top of the line Bear compound bow, aptly named the Carnage, can release an arrow at an astonishing 345 feet per second, from a bow that weighs only 4lbs. The cable slide works on a roller system on the Carnage, unlike most of their other bows that work on a Teflon Slide system.

If you’re think of getting into some accurate archery you can’t go wrong with a high-quality Bear compound bow. If you have a shorty in your family who wants to bring home some venison, there’s a shorter and more lightweight version I suspect he (or she) would love to own.

The Apprentice has a span of 27-1/2″ axle to axle and still has a respectable IBO of 265 feet per second, weighing in at just under 3lbs.


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