A few years ago, I bought a bow after many years of hunting with my old bow. Nothing wrong with the old bow: It was accurate, fast, but also very long axle-to-axle and very heavy. With that old bow I shot 5 bucks, 7 does, 2 turkeys, and my first archery black-bear. If I hadn't had extreme confidence in the bow, I wouldn't have taken it bear hunting!
Sometime after the bear-kill, I wanted a new bow. I wanted a shorter, lighter, more modern bow. So I bought one. I set it up like the old bow. Same rest. Same basic sight. Same basic peep-sight. Same draw weight. Yadda yadda yadda.
I immediately felt like I wasn't "bonding" with the bow. It is accurate, but -- as some old timers warned me, it was definitely "less forgiving". I felt like I couldn't hold it as steady as my old bow, making acquiring the target more difficult. I also felt like the "hump" in the draw was harder to get past, despite having the same draw weight as my old bow. The first DAY hunting with it, I killed a doe. The last 4 years, I've killed 4 deer with it. But I also had bad experiences, like having a harder time drawing it in colder weather, which cost me a buck. And I felt like I constantly had to keep my form PERFECT, by practicing every single day during bow season with it. I'm all for shooting during the season, but this bow required constant attention to stay up to speed with my shooting. This summer, I began practicing in the backyard, as always, and found myself fiddling with the sights, fiddling with the peep sight, fiddling with the rest, and it was still all I could do to get a group.
In frustration, I pulled my old Bear Grizzly Supreme out of the closet recently. I knocked an arrow, pulled the bow back for the first time in four years and BANG. Bullseye. Arrow number TWO was touching arrow number one. This was after FOUR YEARS. Now I remember why my confidence used to be so high in that bow. That evening I shot dozens more times from 10-25 yards and each shot was damn near perfect. I hadn't had that much fun shooting the bow in.......four years.
Guess which bow I'm hunting with this year. I'm not too proud.