The term “sportsman” is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And outdoors-gear companies are just as swiftly catching on to the fact that women are hunting in ever greater numbers.
For three years, Realtree has rounded up the best bows on the market that are designed for female hunters. This year’s roundup is heartening: No more traditional bows with a touch of pink on them to mark them as “made for women.” No more cheap, lightweight models that aren’t worth considering. In their 2014 roundup, Will Brantley writes about what a difference a few years makes:
You don’t have to use that stuff anymore. Over the past few years, the Realtree Ladies’ Bow Test has provided a window into the evolution of top hunting bows for women. Although there have been some great bows in the test every year, our test panel has also reviewed more than a few clunkers. The worst never made it into the published test.
Not this year. Any of the four bows reviewed for 2014 would have won the test hands down in 2012. For two days, our test team shot bows, took notes, erased notes, shot some more and spent long moments in pondering silence, staring at cams and risers. To say these bows were evaluated carefully and objectively is an understatement.
Although there are other good women’s bows on the market, these four are all brand new for 2014, and sold by Realtree-licensed partners. Those are the requirements for the test. Here are the results.
Check out the full story to find out which bows made the cut.