The Best Bowhunting Innovations for 2013

Posted by: Justin Zarr on Feb 6, 2013
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Merriam-Webster defines innovation as "the introduction of something new".  While many of us think of innovation as invention, that's not always the case.  Often times real innovation comes in the form of solving a problem or improving a technology that has existed for years.  In 2013 the trend of innovation in bowhunting seems to be taking existing products and coming up with ways to not just make them better, but that allow us to become better, more effective bowhunters.

Carbon Express Maxima Red Arrow

Carbon Express Maxima Red Arrow

When Carbon Express first introduced their Dual Spine Weight Forward technology several years ago, hunters gravitated towards it for a variety of reasons.  Better accuracy, more penetration, and improved arrow flight made arrows such as the Maxima Hunter a #1 choice of bowhunters everywhere.  However, Carbon Express wasn't about to stop there.  Since the release of the first DSWF arrows, Carbon Express engineers have been working on a new technology that has finally debuted for 2013. Introducing the new Maxima RED arrow.

What makes this new arrow unique is the "RED ZONE" found in the middle of the arrow shaft.  Through new manufacturing processes, Carbon Express has found a way to make both ends of the arrow stiffer than than "RED ZONE" in the middle; thus containing the dynamic spine of the arrow.  What this means for bowhunters is that the arrow is able to recover more quickly after it is shot, especially with a broadhead on the end.   Quicker recovery results in a more accurate arrow and tighter groups, which means better shot placement and quicker recovery on game animals.

In addition to the new RED ZONE technology, Maxima RED arrows are sorted and matched by weight and spine for best-in-class consistancy.  Spine selection sorting tolerance is +/- 0.0025" and weight tolerance is +/- 1.0 grains.  In addition, each Maxima Red arrow has a straightness of 0.0025" (that's 1/10,000th of an inch). This means each arrow in your group will fly identical to one another.  For more information log on to

Trophy Ridge React Sight

Trophy Ridge React Sight

With modern bow and arrow combinations being more accurate than ever before, bowhunters are now able to extend their effective hunting range far beyond the 20 yard maximum that our parents tought us.  In order to make the process of shooting longer distances simpler, Trophy Ridge has released the new React bow sight with SmartPin technology.  This new innovation allows you to sight in any 2 of the sight's 5 pins and the remaining three pins will automatically be adjusted for you.  By sighting in your 20 and 30 yard pins, the React sight uses the gap between those pins to determine the proper pin gaps for the remaining 40, 50 and 60 yard pins.  However, to acheive the most accuracy, Trophy Ridge advises sighting in your 20 yard pin, and the pin of the furthest distance you plan on shooting. 

In addition to SmartPin technology the React sight also features toolless windage and elevation adjustments, 0.019 pins, an included rheostat light, and is made from a ballistic copolymer which makes it both light weight as well as strong.

Rac-em-Back Bow Mag

One of the most controversial new products to hit the archery market for 2013 is the Bow Mag from Rac-Em-Back.  This innovative product screws to the front of your arrow and holds either a .357 or .38 bullet.  Upon impacting the target, the front end of the Bow Mag collapses backward, forcing the shell into a firing pin which fires the bullet. 

Looking at the Bow Mag it really is a very simple device with few parts.  However, it is certainly the first of it's kind to hit the archery industry.  Legal and ethical concerns aside, you can't deny that the Bow Mag is truly an innovative bowhunting product that may end up rewriting game laws across the country.

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