8 Great Rigs For Bowhunting Turkeys In 2021

Speedy, steady and sweet-shooting new compounds. Next-gen crossbows you've got to see to believe. Turkeys, you've been warned.

by Mark Melotik

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Speedy, steady and sweet-shooting new compounds. Next-gen crossbows you’ve got to see to believe. Turkeys, you’ve been warned.

BearRedemptionEKO 900Bear Redemption EKO. Bear Archery’s new-for-2021 flagship answers the question: What do you get when you combine optimal size, speed, and shootability? The 31-inch axle-to-axle Redemption EKO ($999.99) was built to hit the sweet spot for ultimate maneuverability and supreme accuracy, making it ideal for most any treestand, hunting blind, or spot-and-stalk adventure. The all-new Vibration Reduction System (VRS) helps stabilize and reduce lingering riser vibration by up to 25 percent, allowing for a smooth and quiet shot. Bear’s patented EKO Cam System offers ultimate letoff adjustability (75, 80, 85, or 90 percent) and blazing speeds up to 342 fps; the lightweight design (4.1 pounds) also features a 6.25-inch brace height and ships with two custom grips: the Versagrip (for a smaller profile and reduction in torque), and Narogrip (to fit your hand precisely for a more accurate shot).MathewsV3 27 900Mathews V3 27 & V3 31. Turkey chasers love gear choices, and for 2021 Mathews doesn’t disappoint. Two great new-for-2021 compounds include the V3 27 (shown above) and V3 31—($1,199; named for their axle-to-axle lengths)—both with 6-inch brace height, and featuring some neat innovations all bowhunters need to know about. Four sweet new innovations start with the V3’s NEW Centerguard Cable Containment system that places the roller guard in the true center of the bow, designed to

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deliver optimal cam timing to maximize tunability, while also adding additional vane clearance. You’ll also find new deflected Limbs and past-parallel geometry, paired with redesigned Limb Cups, with a goal of cutting weight while increasing performance and efficiency. The goal of the V3’s new Extended Bridged Riser is to increase stability, which of course increases accuracy. Mathews bows have long been known for their silence and dead-in-hand performance at the shot, and stealth was again a top priority for the new V3. The result is the new Nano 740 damping system, which includes both a new extended position to provide added balance at full draw, and it’s also calibrated and tuned to the specific harmonics of the new bows. BtechSolution 900Bowtech Solution. Still worried about giving up comfort while looking for flat-shooting speed? Bowtech believes it has the answer in the new-for-2021 Bowtech Solution ($1,199.99). At a speedy 346 IBO, the Solution is designed to be the answer to everything you’ve ever wanted in a hunting bow because it’s built to be as dead-silent, dead in your hand, and deadly accurate

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as a speed bow can be. It’s driven by proven, patented DeadLock Cam technology—one of the most-tunable and reliably accurate cam systems on the planet. You’ll also find a 6-inch brace height and compact 32-inch axle-to-axle frame that makes it ideal for everything from stalking western mountains to maneuvering within the confines of a treestand or ground blind. Overall weight is 4.3 lbs.; draw length is adjustable from 25 to 30 inches and is available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.XpeditionX30 900Xpedition X30. Looking for a new standard of performance and efficiency in your next compound? Xpedition believes the answer is its new X Series bows, three models that include the super-compact, turkey-blind-friendly X30 that have been in development for the past two years. All feature three new patent-pending technologies that include a proprietary riser material known as X-Loy by Magnite (a blend of alloys, infused with carbon, to make a bow that is lighter than many of the carbon bows on the market, and stronger than aluminum). The compact X30 ($1,399) features an axle-to-axle length of 30 inches and mass weight of just 3.6 pounds. You’ll also find a brace height of 6.25 inches, an IBO speed of 350 to 352 fps, and adjustable 80 percent letoff with its modular LVR cams adjustable from 25.5 to 30-inch draw in half-inch increments, with no bow press required. It’s available in peak draw weights of 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds. Standard riser colors include Realtree Timber, Realtree Edge, Realtree Excape, Molten Black, Tactical Sand, and OPS Green.

TenPointHavocRS440 900TenPoint Havoc RS440 Crossbow. Been on the hunt for an ultra-compact crossbow that does not sacrifice performance? For 2021 TenPoint is offering several new models that deliver on both counts, including the jaw-dropping Havoc RS440 that measures an ultra-compact 26.5-inches long, and shoots 440 fps, with the included 400-grain EVO-X CenterPunch16 carbon arrows. It also features safe cocking and de-cocking with TenPoint’s ACUslide, and was built to produce the longest string life, and least amount of noise, compared to all other ultra-compact crossbows on the market. The new Havoc RS440’s reduction in length to just 26.5 inches overall is accomplished with the development of TenPoint’s new 16-inch Micro-Trac barrel and new ultralight, two-piece Tec-Tactical stock. The new EVO-X Marksman Elite Scope, included

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in the bow package, features fully multi-coated 2-8X optics, capable of precision accuracy out to 100 yards. The Havoc features a patented reverse-draw bow assembly that draws the string through the riser, creating a 13.5-inch power stroke that generates more speed with less draw weight—creating a smoother, quieter shot. Decorated in Veil Alpine camo ($2,599.99) or Graphite Gray ($2,499.99), the Havoc RS440 ships completely assembled and includes a Ready-To-Hunt package that includes the ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system, matching Veil Alpine or black Evo-X Marksman Elite Scope, 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch 16 Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001-inch straightness, 400-grains) Integrated String Stop System and 6-arrow Tech Quiver.TwinStrike4 900Excalibur TwinStrike Crossbow. Ready to hit the turkey woods with the first and only crossbow built to deliver a quick follow-up shot if needed?  The ground-breaking, recurve-limb TwinStrike ($2,222.22) can deliver a follow-up shot in just milliseconds! The unique two-arrows-loaded design also gives you the ability to have both a fixed-blade

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broadhead, and an expandable-blade head, loaded and ready to go. As with all Excalibur crossbows, the TwinStrike (360 fps, 7.75 pounds) features durability that provides confidence it won’t let you down. It also features the DIY, in-the-field ability to change the string, if you happen to cut it accidentally. No crossbow press is needed. Overall length is 33.375 inches, width cocked is 21.125 inches, width decocked is 25.25 inches. The package includes an Overwatch Illuminated Scope w/30mm rings, Charger EXT Crank, Fail Safe Strap, R.E.D.S. Suppressors, DualFire Decocking Aid, 4 Arrow quiver and Bracket, 4 Quill Arrows w/Rhino Nocks, and four 100-grain Field Points.RavinR500Sniper 900Ravin R500 Series Crossbows. Maybe you’ve heard the exciting buzz about crossbows delivering staggering speeds of 500 feet per second. It’s all true, and Ravin has figured it out; its R500 Series are reportedly the fastest and most powerful crossbows ever created. This new top-of-the-line series features new technology and accessories such as the Ravin Electric Drive System for push-button cocking and decocking, plus the new Ravin Adjustable Turret Scope—all with slim axle-to-axle widths of just 3.6 inches cocked. All Ravin R500 Series Crossbows feature the new proprietary HexCoil Cam System, producing speeds of 500 feet per second, with axle-to-axle widths of 3.6 inches cocked or 7.6 inches uncocked. The series includes the upgradable R500 ($3,049.99, shown below), R500E ($3,349.99 with Ravin Electric Drive System), R500 Sniper ($3,449.99, shown above)RavinR500 900with Ravin Adjustable Turret Scope, Scope Level, and .001 Premium Arrows) and the top-of-the-line R500E Sniper ($3,749.99), with a complete set of features and accessories. Available in Slate Gray, R500 Series Crossbows will start shipping Spring 2021.BearImpactCrossbow 900Bear X Impact Crossbow. This fine next-generation design offers the type of compact power dedicated crossbow hunters crave. The new-for-2021 Impact ($1,099.99) offers an incredibly narrow hunter-friendly frame at just 8 1/8 inches wide when cocked, and 12 1/16-inch uncocked. Even better, it fires arrows at a speedy 415 feet per second with a draw weight of 180 pounds. The all-new detachable silent cocking crank can be used to de-cock the crossbow, and features an anti-reverse mechanism to stop the crank when the handle is let go. In addition to the detachable cocking crank, this ready-to-hunt crossbow package includes 3 Bear X TrueX arrows, illuminated scope, 4-arrow quiver, sling, and rail lube/string wax. The Impact is available in TrueTimber Strata and Veil Stoke camo.



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