PSE Deer Hunter Review
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Editors' reviewThe PSE Deer Hunter is one of PSE's longest running bows not to mention, one of the best-selling bows of all time. This rig is great for archers young and old whether using it for learning, target shooting or hunting. Part of the reason for the popularity of this model is its versatility and quality, with the Deer Hunter almost anyone can grow up shooting it and continue to shoot it for their entire life.
Riser & LimbsPSE uses precision-engineered, stress-optimized Magnaglass limbs which are attached to the machined aluminum riser through the limb pockets. The aluminum riser is a very simple riser but it fits this bow very well.
GripThe Vibracheck rubber grip is a very comfortable, all weather grip most shooters will like. However it is quite wide, thus some torque can be expected from beginners.
Eccentric SystemPSE has been using the Stage 3 Twin Cam for decades. It features multiple string slots for draw length and draw weight adjustments. This Cam system is not known for its speed, IBO speeds are just 265 fps @ 29", but for the adjustability, versatility and incredibly smooth draw. This Eccentric System allows draw length adjustments from 23" to 30" and peak draw weight adjustments from 40lbs to 65lbs with the use of three different size cam wheels. However, to adjust the draw length within each cam does require a bow press.
Draw Cycle / ShootabilityThe PSE Deer Hunter has an ultra-smooth draw cycle with a good back wall. This bow is over 38" axle to axle with a very forgiving 7 5/8" brace height making it one heck of a shooter. Thanks to the long axle to axle length this bow can even be shot accurately with fingers. Of course, this is not the quietest bow on the market but with this addition of a stabilizer and some string leeches it can be quieted down to a desirable level.
PSE Deer Hunter vs. PSE Nova NI
Compared to the Deer Hunter the Nova NI has a few features that set it a step above. While the Deer Hunter does have a lot of adjustability it requires different cams to achieve full adjustability. Were as the PSE Nova NI features a single cam with up to 6 inches of adjustability in draw length and is a much faster shooter. For only $30 more the Nova NI is a better value but may not fit for some younger archers because it does not have as much draw weight adjustment.
UsageBecause this is an entry level bow most shooters that purchase the Deer Hunter will use it for any scenario they find themselves in, and rightfully so, it will do the job. However, it is mainly designed for the beginning archer to learn with and hunt with.
|Bow||PSE Deer Hunter||PSE Nova|
|Version||2012||2011 (NI Cam)|
|Brace Height||7.625 "||7.625 "|
|AtA Length||38.25 "||32.75 "|
|Draw Length||24 " - 29 "||25 " - 30 "|
|Draw Weight||30 lbs - 65 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||257 fps - 265 fps||295 fps - 303 fps|
|Weight||3.6 lbs||3.8 lbs|
|Let-Off||65%||65% or 80% (Adj)|
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