Top Bowhunting Gear for '05: Part 2

Our bow hunting expert picks the new products every archer should own.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Die-hard bowhunters are always searching for the gear that will give them the edge in the deer woods. But where do you start when there are so many products to choose from? Not to worry. We scoured the Archery Trade Manufacturer's show earlier this year and found 15 new items that are going to make filling your deer tag a lot easier this season.

1. Straight Shooters
Easton's A/C Super Slim arrow features carbon fiber bonded to a 7075 aluminum core tube for a super-small shaft that has all the spine of a larger arrow. Straightness is guaranteed to within .002 inches. The smaller shaft diameter is less affected by wind and offers quick vibration damping._ ($129 per dozen; 801-539-1400; eastonarchery.com)_

2. Good Vibrations
Doinker's A-Bomb Shorty Hunter Plus gives you 4 inches of bolt-on shock absorption that uses an elasto-polymer to quickly snuff shot recoil. The Plus comes with three CamoSkins (Mossy Oak Break-Up, Realtree Hardwoods Green and Realtree HD), so you can customize it with your favorite camouflage pattern._ ($36; 818-700-2899; doinker.com)_

3. Out of Sight
The new Foxfire TP sight by Carolina Archery Products features white laser-etched radial lines around the circumference of the pin housing, so peep-to-sight alignment is a snap. Other features include three no-tool micro-adjustable and extremely bright 0.29-inch sight pins. ($52; 919-245-1400; carolina archeryprod.com)

4. To Scale
The Digital Pocket Scale from US Bowhunting is small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, scales in half grains, auto calibrates and has a backlit screen. Compared to similar models, which can cost up to $300, this 1,543-grain-capacity marvel is amazingly inexpensive. ($40; 270-369-7323; coffey marketing.net)

**5. The Peep Show **
It's rare that you find a peep sight with any additional features. Enter Red Hawk Archery's Low-Light Peep Sight. Besides having a large aperture centered in a high-contrast amber ophthalmic lens, it has 14 anti-reflective coatings to reduce glare and increase visibility. _($20; 800-689-7996; redhawk-archery.com) _