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Hoyt Maxxis 31 going, Carbon Element in the Future


Well, I knew my trip to the bow shop today was a HUGE mistake, but I have wanted to shoot the new Hoyt ELEMENT since they first came out last fall. The first thing I noticed when Seth handed me the bow was how light it was. Second was the balance, and third, well, I’ve seen pretty bows before, but the lines on this new product from Hoyt are a thing of beauty, and at 32 inches axle to axle the ELEMENT is only an inch longer than the Maxxis making it a deadly handling tree stand bow. Then came the real test, I shot both bows side by side. First two arrows from my Maxxis, then two from the ELEMENT. I used my hunting arrows, Easton Axis 400 grain, and to no surprise my first two were a pair of dimes. Then came the ELEMENT, and I almost Robin hooded both previous shots. The difference was the far superior shootabilty of the ELEMENT. Now the Maxxis is an incredibly smooth and accurate bow, however the carbon brother is another animal all together. Both draw back very smooth, no problem getting the cams to roll over, both have a generous wall, but the release was all together different. Blindfolded you could tell which had the aluminum riser and which was carbon. The ELEMENT release is like feathers, soft and agreeable for lack of better words. The Maxxis is very smooth with lack of hand vibration, but the carbon bow was like floating on a cloud where everything is soft and fluffy. I also noticed the difference in sound. There is a slight thud with the Maxxis, but the ELEMENT was barely audible. Soooo, I’m sold, at least my Maxxis is. The new price tag is high, around a grand, but is considerably lower than the $1600 the Maitrix was in 2010.

There, I just wanted to get that off my chest I was so wound up on the drive back from Rochester. Now to get back to reality. Do I really need this new space age creation to kill a deer? Absolutely not! I could just as well go out and carve a crude bow from a maple sapling and kill a buck at close range. It’s a matter of preference, to hold a finely tuned and crafted piece of art in my hands during the hunt. I think back to my early days of ridge running with nothing but a single shot shotgun and I killed just as many whitetail back then as I do now. Over the years I graduated to various high powered rifles, but in the end I have narrowed it all down to what makes me happy. I have but one deer rifle now, a Winchester model 94 which I consider the perfect New England killer, one shotgun, a 12 gauge Stevens pump, a .22 rifle for small game, and an old Thompson System One muzzle loader. The inline would be gone in a nano-second if NH Fish and Game would move the black powder season to after the regular firearms season where it belongs and be replaced with a true primitive weapon such as a flintlock. I doubt this will ever happen though. By having muzzle loader season ahead of rifle it prompts hunters to buy the extra licence so as to have a chance at a buck before they go nocturnal from the hunting pressure. What is a shame is you get no tag with the license, you must use your firearm one. Because of this money grubbing tactic by F&G we are being deprived of the thrill of hunting late season on snow. Aside from those I carry on my side a Ruger Single Six in either .22 or .22 mag. These firearms are not only adequate to cover all bases in the North East but they are what feel good in my hands when I walk the woods. That’s the deal, not killing something, but using a fine firearm or bow and pursuing a way of life that makes you feel good. The harvest if it comes is a bonus.