Bow Review Video: Bear Archery Persist

Bowhunting World Field Editor Darron McDougal has never had an easier time sighting in a bow out to 50 yards. It took about 15 minutes with the new-for-2024 Bear Archery Persist. Check out his full review here!

Bow Review Video: Bear Archery Persist

The 90-year-old company’s latest flagship bow, the Bear Archery Persist, delivers the feature-driven performance that dedicated bowhunters demand. According to Bowhunting World Field Editor Darron McDougal, the new-for-2024 Persist provides a nice, smooth draw cycle with a slight hump as the cams roll into the valley, then ending with a solid back wall.

“I found aiming stability — the product of a heavy, long riser — to be excellent,” McDougal said. “The pin just seems to lock onto the bull’s-eye, and the bow just shoots. I didn’t test it beyond 50 yards because my Trophy Ridge sight has only four pins, but after seeing what it did right off the bat at 50, I’m sure it could weld arrows together at 90 yards. I’ve never had an easier time sighting in a bow out to 50 yards. It took about 15 minutes.”

Check out McDougal’s detailed YouTube video below.

Bear Archery Persist Specs

  • Axle-to-Axle Length: 31 inches
  • Brace Height: 6.5 inches
  • Draw Length: 28 inches
  • Draw Weight: 73.2 pounds 
  • Let-off: 80%
  • Bow-only Weight: 5 pounds (approximately)
  • Accessorized Total Weight: 6.3 pounds (no quiver)
  • Velocity: 281 fps with 468-grain Easton 6.5mm Acu-Carbon 340 arrow; 285 fps with 456-grain CX Maxima Triad 350 arrow; 288 fps with 441-grain Victory VAP SS 350 arrow
  • Kinetic Energy: 81.97 foot-pounds (Easton); 82.16 foot-pounds (CX); 81.14 foot-pounds (Victory)
  • Test-Bow Finish: Mossy Oak Country DNA
  • MSRP: $1,249
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Additional Notes: The Bear Archery Persist was set up using a Last Chance Archery EZ Green Bow Press and EZ Green Bow Vise, and the draw weight was calculated using Last Chance Archery’s Digital Bow Scale. A Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph measured the arrow velocities. Other products used were Easton’s Nock and D-Loop Pliers and Pro Hex Fold-Up Allen Set. Arrows were weighed on Last Chance Archery’s Pro Grain Scale.


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