WOW, I can't believe the positive responses for longer bows. I purposely stayed out of this thread yesterday just to see what would happen.
Now I do have to chime in. I have been shooting compounds for over 36 years. I've rarely ever had much of a problem shooting from elevated positions unless it was nearly a straight down shot. Much of this was earlier in my career when the bows were 48" to 50" long, which was quite normal for the times.
Somewhere along the way somebody got this mistaken thought that shorter would be better. It has gravitated into the brains of younger people that nothing over 32" is acceptable when shooting from treestands. Poor souls!!!
Because they have never shot or in some cases even seen a longer bow they have no idea of some of the their virtues.
In a lot of cases a person uses his hunting bow for 3D, or even some occasional target. To my way of thinking, most do a heap more shooting during the spring and summer than they do during hunting season. Doing this they need a bow that is accurate, smooth, and forgiving.
If it were me I'd gladly give up the "maybe" one shot in 20 years that the longer bow "might" not work so well in a hunting situation. But then, being me I'm going to have a bow for each type of shooting. That being said, I have lost the burning desire to hunt (age and burnout). Being a short draw fellow at 26.5" I still prefer a longer than average bow, with about 36" being minimum. I really prefer something between 37" and 39", but finding a Martin bow that gets the job done and witin my draw length specs is getting harder and harder these days. Guess that's why I moved to Rytera.
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