My New Bow – A Hoyt Charger
I finally took the next step into modern archery hunting technology and got a new bow tonight, and I can’t wait to shoot it! I had been doing some research for a while and decided on a Hoyt Charger, but I did take my own advice that I gave in previous articles, and I went to an archery shop to discuss my decision with an expert. Scott was his name at Bear Creek Archery, and he was extremely helpful. He showed me a few bows along with the Hoyt Charger, and for a little bit more money he said it was an excellent choice.
It amazes me how much technology has changed over the past 25 years, which is how old my Browning compound bow is. When I first picked up the Charger it was extremely light and compact. The overall weight is 3.8 pounds including the sight, stabilizer, and quiver, and it is 31 inches from axle to axle. I don’t know how much the Browning weighs, probably 5 ½ pounds, and it is 44 inches from axle to axle. Surprisingly there is only a difference of about 1 ½ inches in the brace height. I also chose the FUSE high-performance accessory kit, which included an arrow rest, sight, quiver, peep sight, stabilizer, and sling.
The Profire Sight has five fiber optic sight pins that gather light and light up the pins as if they were battery-powered. I will likely only use two of the pins and just drop the other three down below my line of sight. The adjustment capabilities of the sight are so much more versatile than the sight on my Browning, which is basically two metal slots to slide the pins up and down, and the pins screw in and out for windage adjustments.
The arrow rest is a Whisker Biscuit, which I have never tried, but from what I have read they do not impact accuracy at all and greatly improve the stability of the arrow. There was a good article in the July issue of Field & Stream that did extensive tests on several bows and accessories, and they concluded that the Whisker Biscuit does not affect accuracy in any measurable manner. I will find out on Saturday when I go shooting for the first time.
The bow is adjustable from 60 to 70 pounds of draw weight, with a 75% let-off, which means at full draw of 70 pounds I will only be holding 23 pounds, which is incredible to me. I was only able to shoot it a few times at the archery shop, (they had a shooting league getting ready to start so I didn’t get to sight in the pins) and the hold was easy and the release was very smooth. Plus with all of that improved technology I can deliver an arrow at 325 feet per second.
When I told Scott I wanted a dozen arrows with 100 grain field tips, he gave me several options, and I chose the carbon Easton arrows with quick-spin fletchings. They are very different than the arrows I have been shooting all these years. The carbon shafts are lighter than the aluminum shafts I have been shooting, and the fletchings are a fraction of the size, yet impart a greater spin on the arrow for improved accuracy.
Finally, I went out of my comfort zone a bit and chose a snow-camo pattern on the bow. Knowing that the key to camouflage is breaking up the shape of an object, and that the color white is not alarming to elk or deer, I got the bow in a Real-Tree Snow Camo pattern, and I like it! Aside from its effectiveness, I think it looks rather cool.
I won’t have a chance to get out and shoot the bow until Saturday, but already I feel confident that I am going to adapt well to this bow, it just feels so good in my hands. When I got home and compared it to my old bow, they are completely different in every way except that they both have a string, and even that is markedly different. I will let you know how the shooting goes this weekend!