Bear Carnage Review

Bear Carnage

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  • Excellent shootabilty
  • Very fast single cam
  • Solid back wall
  • Very Comfortable 80% let off
  • The draw length is adjustable without the aid of a bow press
  • Nearly vibration free
  • One of the best hunting bows of 2011


  • Seemingly steep valley


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Editors' review

The Bear Carnage is a quality, smooth drawing and great shooting bow. It has quite a few upgrades over last year's Attack. This bow is fast, smooth and has virtually no vibration when shot. Admittedly, the Carnage is at the top of the list of quality bows for 2011.


There are a couple finish options for the Carnage. It comes in Realtree AP or the Shadow series which is Bear's version of the "black out" finish that is growing in popularity. Overall the finish on this bow seems to be good quality and the camouflage option is high definition.


The riser on this bow is made in what Bear calls its skeletal design. It is a machined aluminum riser that is longer to provide a more balanced feel. The length of the new skeletal riser of the Carnage is 27.125 inches compared to last year's Attack which is 25.5 inches. Overall axle to axle length of the Carnage is 32 inches.


The bow is equipped with max preload quad limbs, provided to Bear from the Gordon Composite Company. This is Bear's second go around with the past parallel limb design. They were designed to have the most possible energy stored in the limbs and a great cancellation of recoil generated by the limbs upon the shot. The limbs are made from a combination of protruded fiberglass and resin and then are machined to their final shape. They are prestressed and curved to the beyond parallel position so that the bow is a considerably tamer when shot.

Limb Pockets

The limb pockets on this rig are pivoting limb cups that maintain a tight fit between the limb, the limb pocket and the riser regardless of the draw weight. They are solid and in semi upright position. This is required to handle the extreme preload applied to the limbs.


The grip on this rig is slimmer than it has been in previous years. It is made from a synthetic material manufactured with over mold construction that is designed to reduce vibration, minimize hand torque and provide the warmest feel in cold weather. This grip has a narrow throat for better comfort and accuracy. They also have a wood grip option for shooters who prefer that type of feel.

Roller guard and string suppressors

There are some nice additional features on this bow. It comes equipped with a 4x4 roller guard with 8 sealed ball bearings designed to give you a smooth draw cycle while decreasing friction and achieving maximum efficiency. Another great feature is the dual arc offset string suppressor system, designed to eliminate noise, shock and vibration. These have radical arc design with offset modules to stay out of the motion of the cam and idler wheel while being drawn.

Eccentric System

The Bear Carnage boasts an impressive 345 fps Ibo speed with an extremely comfortable 80% let off. It comes with the new skeleton cam and idler wheel system that is machined from 7075 aluminum. This system has less mass weight and a perfectly placed tungsten carbide perimeter weight that creates a very fast, smooth and efficient single cam system. This performance system is designed to have an adjustable draw length from 25.5 to 30.5 inches in half inch increments. It is a modular system and adjusts by adding different modules without the aid of a bow press. Also with a draw weight range from 40 to 70 pounds it can accommodate a wide range of shooters.

Draw Cycle/Shootability

The combination of the new skeleton cam system and the 80% let off of this bow allows for a very smooth draw that is very comfortable to hold for longer periods of time. This fact won't be lost on bow hunters. The Carnage does have somewhat of a steep valley but once at full draw it has a rock solid back wall. Once at full draw the bow lines up very well even without sights installed and has a large sight window, attributed to the roller guard being mounted lower on the bow, which is very good for hunting situations. Also it doesn't have the creep at full draw that many of the faster bows on the market have.

Bear Carnage vs Bear Attack

BowBear CarnageBear Attack
Version 20122011
PictureBear CarnageBear Attack
Brace Height7.25 "7 "
AtA Length32 "31 "
Draw Length25.5 " - 30.5 "25 " - 30 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed345 fps340 fps
Weight4.0 lbs4.2 lbs
Let-Off80% 80%
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The Carnage compared to last year's Attack seems to be a better all around bow. It has a longer riser which gives a more balanced feel. It has a 5 fps faster Ibo speed over the Attack. In addition, it is equipped with a 4x4 roller guard and a slimmer, more comfortable grip. Not only that, but it is also 5 fps faster than the Attack. Overall the Bear Carnage is a more shootable and comfortable bow compared to last year's Attack model. That is why this rig is definitely at the top of the list when compared to the top end bows of 2011.

Ideal Hunting Bow

This bow undoubtedly is great for all hunting situations being very fast, quiet and having the ability to hold the bow back for a good duration with your arm getting tired. With attributes of being very smooth and dead in your hand you could easily use this for 3D shooting as well.


Overall Bear seems to have hit a homerun with this rig. It has all the attributes and features that the modern bow hunter/archer is looking for. With an easily adjustable draw length, excellent shootability characteristics and a low mass weight, the Carnage is capable of yielding fast IBO speeds without generating nearly any noise or vibration. It is a definite upgrade over last year's Attack model. With a draw length range from 25.5 to 30.5 inches and a draw weight range from 40 to 70 pounds there is virtually a set up option for almost anyone.

User Reviews

  • 5 reviews
  • ( out of 5 reviews for all versions)
Smooth,easy draw. With additional bow string stop, it is absolutely shock free.

Version: 2011 Bear Carnage


Pros: I choose the 50-60 and have it set at 63.It is very easy to draw (even following rtator cuff surgery), no hand shock, smooth drawing and very accurate. I wish I had purchased a 60-70, but was concerned regarding my rehabalitation from surgery.

Cons: My draw module had to be replaced because there was a defect in the machining which caused some problems with the string.

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Verrry stable, fast and easy drawing. Draws comfortably from a seated position or kneeling position which would be important for shooting from a ground blind. I have not checked the IBO Speed but am entirely satisfied. I use a HHA signt and the accuracy in excellant. I have no negative criticism of this bow except for the less than perfect drraw length module, which was replaced without discussion by fast shipment.

Smooth, quiet, ,accurate, fast shooting bow.

Version: 2011 Bear Carnage


Pros: Extrememly quiet and vibration free.

Cons: The only thing I didn't like was shelling out $849 for it.

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Smooth, fast and deadly accurate

Version: 2012 Bear Carnage


Pros: This bow can be described in one word, Awesome.

Cons: None

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The Bear Carnage is a lightweight, fast bow that has excellent shootability. Mine is set at 72 lbs, with a QAD ultra-rest HDX, and getting 315 fps with Easton Flatliner arrows. The Carnage is very accurate and dead in the hand when shot. The smoothest bow I have owned to date.

perfect bow all around

Version: 2012 Bear Carnage


Pros: very fast, smooth, and deadly

Cons: the original dealer I bought it off of messed everything up when they set it up for me. and I have had some problems with the string suppressers coming a little loose. not bad though

Full review:

light weight, fast and deadly bow that would suit anyone of any experience and get the job done for a fair price. Bear has always been my favorite make and will continue to be as long as they keep getting the job done like they did here. no complaints what so ever

Friggin Awesome!

Version: 2012 Bear Carnage


Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Full review:

I bought my Bear Carnage from a shop online that was offering it at a rock bottom price. I had shot the Carnage a few years ago but never bought one, little too pricey then. I had a Motive 6 and the Carnage replaced it. I love this bow! This bow has IBO of 345 as a single cam! I have a TruGlo Range Rover Pro adjustable sight on it and have taken it out to 100yds no problem. The draw is smooth with a slight hump at the end for the cam turn over. Once at full draw you can hold this bow for almost 5 minutes! It holds very well at full draw. Nice solid back wall with a dead stop. No noticeable creep for me but there is only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch before it is ready to launch. No hand shock, no vibration, and almost no sound. Very quiet, extremely fast, and deadly accurate. What more could you ask for?

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