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The #1 Hunting Recurve. Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in production, the Hunter is perhaps the most successfully used traditional bow ever made. The Howatt Hunter was a popular model long before many of today’s archers were even born! Sure, materials have improved, but this basic design has survived for decades. Built for speed, the Hunter easily lives up to its name. Perfect for the archer with a longer than average draw length, the 62” Hunter will perform well for draw lengths up to 30”. Its longer length adds stability and accuracy, providing control to it’s impressive cast and speed. Includes owner’s manual, rest, Flemish bowstring and bowstringer.
Riser and Limb Materials
Riser woods are Shedua with a broad beam of Bubinga through the center, outlined with hard maple. Limbs made of Eastern Hard Maple laminations and black fiberglass, with black fiberglass overlays.
Draw Weight: 40# – 65#
Brace Height: 7” – 7.75”
Mass Weight: 2 lb. 3 oz.
AMO Length: 62”
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This review is for one of the most prized pieces of hunting gear that I own. The Mission Maniac bow is this piece of equipment. Coming from the vintage 2001 PSE Nova OC that I owned there is no comparison. I’ve only shot 4 different compound bows. The kit bow I made as a teenager, A store bought compound bow when I was a teenager (I don’t remember the brand,) The aforementioned PSE, and now the Mission Maniac. Of the 4 the Maniac is like a luxury car.
I had the bow setup with a 30″ draw length. I shot for a couple of days at this length and wasn’t happy with the location of my anchor point so I wanted to change the draw length to 29″. I shoot with my elbow slightly bent. Changing the draw length was a cinch. I just removed the two allen screws on the cams, turned the adjustable cam to align the 29″ hole with the hole in the set cam and then re-installed the allen screws. I’ve always had to bring my bow to an archery shop to change the draw length since I don’t have a bow press. Once I adjusted the draw length I was happier with my anchor point.
The adjustable draw range is a big plus for this bow. I know that I have a larger audience that can use this bow if I ever decide to sell it. Of course my son has already said he has dibs on it.
The axle to axle distance of 31″ makes this bow very compact and good for hunting. I haven’t hunted with it yet but the compactness of this bow has definitely helped when walking through brush at 3D shoots.
After installing the Apache drop down arrow rest on the Maniac I paper tuned the bow and then shot some arrows through the chronograph to see what speed the Maniac was shooting. It came in at about 274 fps. This was well under the rated 310 fps that Mathews claims but I attributed this to the heavy 31″ Victory V-Force arrows that I was shooting. The next week I had the arrows cut to 29″ and turned up the weight of the bow a few pounds. I haven’t shot through the chronograph to to get the speed after this but I know it’s shooting much faster now.
Drawing this bow is smooth. I don’t feel the letoff “hump” when I draw the string back. I measured the draw weight and the holding weight with a friends digital bow scale and got 68 peak with 17 holding. That’s about 75% letoff which is in line with Mathews spec of up to 77% letoff. Shooting the arrow is equally as smooth. The arrow just whips out of this bow and goes.
The Mission Maniac is a great bow to carry around. It’s light (at least before I put a 14oz stabilizer on it,) easy to draw, and fast. For anyone looking for a good, highly adjustable bow, then this is the bow for you.
What I like about the Mathews Mission Maniac bow:
I like the fact that this bow can be reconfigured to meet the needs of a lot of different archers. I also like the overall quality of this bow. This is a darn good bow.
What I don’t like so much:
Honestly; I can’t think of one thing that I don’t like about the Mission Maniac except for the fact I don’t get to shoot it enough.
Update – I’ve been getting people asking whether the Mission Maniac is a good kid bow. If your kid can pull a 50# bow then yes it is a good kid bow. Considering the available limbs come in 50, 60, & 70 pound versions I think the Maniac is more geared towards teens and adults. I think that the reason people think that it is a kids bow is that the draw length goes from 22 – 30 inches. So; to clear this up I think the Maniac is really not geared towards kids. Just my opinion.
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The Genesis™ System, by elimination let-off on light draw weight bows (where let-off is unnecessary), eliminates specific draw length requirements. The result is a bow that fits virtually everybody (from 15″ to 30″).
Shoots like a bow with higher poundage
A Genesis™ bow set at 20 lbs., for example, stores and releases an amount of energy comparable to a 35 lb. recurve bow! Plus, the Genesis™ bow has the “holding weight” (10 to 20 lbs.) necessary to “pull” the string from your fingers, making it easy to shoot.
All the advantages of single-cam technology
The new Genesis™ bow has just one cam. This means no tuning problems, much less recoil, more accurate shooting, and less noise.
Ideal for kids, beginners, and adults
Genesis™ Technology offers several advantages that make the new Genesis™ bow the perfect choice for archers of all ages and sizes.
Kids can’t outgrow it – because there is no specific draw length requirement.
It’s simple to buy – no need to measure and fit for draw length.
It’s easy to shoot – because the draw length is always right, the beginning archer won’t develop bad habits caused by an ill-fitting bow.
Great for families – everybody in the family can shoot the same bow.
Perfect for schools, clubs, organizations – no need to worry about draw length.
Stores love it – great for getting people interested in archery, and it’s the perfect bow for use with video target systems.
Built to last – durable and tough, these bows can take the punishment that multiple shooters can dish out.
This review of the Genesis™ compound bow is actually a second hand review. Although I have shot this bow; I’m not the Master Outdoorsman who has used this bow for an extended period of time. I bought this bow for my 13 year old son for Christmas. I will leave this review as a surrogate review for my son by pointing out some of his observations and interject some of my own.
I asked my son what he liked about the Genesis™ and what he didn’t like. His first response was that he wished it shot better. I quickly explained that it could be the shooter. He also pointed out that he can’t use the sights on this bow. We tried putting sights on it but realized that they couldn’t be set to be usable without the arrow hitting the housing. We left the sights on and he uses the bottom pin as a reference.
He has no trouble pulling the string back to full draw. He’s a pretty big 13 year old. He had to get used to setting an anchor point especially because this bow doesn’t have a set draw length where you know it’s at full draw. This seems like it’s a good thing for beginners because it emphasizes the need to set your anchor point.
Overall my son likes the bow. He did seem to outgrow this bow pretty quickly. I think that he’s ready for a heavier poundage bow with a typical let-off. My take on this bow is that it is definitely good for beginners. It taught my son the basics. If you are considering the Genesis™ you should realize that it is a bow for young children or for teaching newcomers how to shoot.
What I like about the Genesis™ Bow:
It was a good bow to get to teach my son how to shoot. We bought the bow package that included the bow, a quiver, 5 arrows, and an arm guard. The price seemed pretty reasonable for the bow package.
What I don’t like so much:
It would be nice if we could have used sights on this bow. There is a mounting location but we just could not adjust the housing to where it needed to be without the arrows hitting it.