2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

Check out what products Bowhunting World readers think are the best in this year''s Readers'' Choice Awards.
2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

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Vote now for your favorite bowhunting gear in the 2012 Bowhunting World Reader’s Choice Awards! Ballots can be found in the August issue of Bowhunting World or by clicking the link below!


Our readers listed many criteria for casting votes for their favorites in 2011’s Bowhunting World Readers’ Choice Awards. Some wanted the best value for their money. Others found manufacturers that they like and are sticking with their products. Others discovered their favorites through trial-and-error, others went with friends’ recommendation. But perhaps one of our Indiana readers, Randy Riggs, summed up the most important factors of all: “Because they are products that work for me and I trust, [the ones] that give me confidence and make me a better archer and hunter.”

We’ll go with that, Randy. Congratulations to 2011’s top vote-getters!

Compound Bow

Mathews, with its new Z7 bow, continues a tradition of innovation and excellence.

mathews z7

Hoyt and this year’s Maxxis bow have won respect from this year’s voters.

BowTech, PSE

Traditional Bow

Bear Kodiak and Grizzly bows are bowhunting classics, which put this perennial favorite traditional bowmaker on top.

bear kodiak

Hoyt wins raves for its Dorado and Gamemaster models.

Martin, Black Widow

Aluminum Arrow

Readers continue to rate Easton XX75 and XX78 arrows as best of the bunch.

easton xx78

Carbon Arrow

Quivers full of Axis and other Easton carbon arrows are common.

easton full metal jacket

Gold Tip created a winner with its XT Hunter.

Carbon Express, Beman


Readers will be sticking with Gateway Rayzr feathers this fall.

gateway rayzr feathers



Bohning Blazer vanes, especially the 2-inch model, are a bonafide hit.

blazer vanes

Duravane/Norway Industries, New Archery Products

Arrow Rest

Trophy Ridge’s Whisker Biscuit has earned its spot on many a setup.

trophy ridge whisker biscuit

QAD, Ripcord

Trophy Taker

Fixed-Blade Broadhead

Voters are dead-set on Muzzy, especially its 100-grain, 3-blade MX3 head.

muzzy mx 3

The Montec from G5 has earned many fans out in the field.

New Archery Products, Slick Trick

Mechanical Broadhead

The only ones who don’t like Rage’s 2-blade head are the deer.

rage broadhead


Grim Reaper, New Archery Products (Spitfire)


Readers again rely on LaCrosse to get them where they need to go.

lacrosse boots

Rocky’s great selection meets many hunters’ needs.


Fixed Treestand

Gorilla and Lone Wolf are neck and neck for the #1 position.

gorilla tree standlone wolf

Summit, Big Game

Climbing Treestand

Summit’s Viper keeps the #1 spot.

summit viper treestand

Lone Wolf


Ladder/Tripod Treestand

Putting Ameristep high up in these standings is the ever-popular Skyscraper stand.

ameristep ladder stand

Big Game, Rivers Edge


Readers are turning to the Rancher and other ATVs from Honda to round up their harvests.

honda rancher atv

Polaris, Yamaha


It’s a tie between Mathews’ Zebra and Winner’s Choice strings.

mathews zebra stringwinners choice string

Bowstring Material

When it works for them, voters stick to an old standard: BCY 452x.

bcy bow string

Camo Pattern

Realtree and Mossy Oak split the lion’s share of votes to put themselves at the pinnacle of this category.

mossy oak

Backpack/Fanny Pack

If you have to take it along, readers say that Badlands has a pack that will help you get it there.

badlands pack



Fixed Bowsight

Spot-Hogg is spot-on for zeroing in on that dream animal.

spott hogg bow sight

TruGlo, Montana Black Gold

Trophy Ridge

Moveable Bowsight

For aiming flexibility, voters aimed for HHA Sports.

hha optimizer


Montana Black Gold

Pendulum Bowsight


tru glo sight


Trophy Ridge, Keller


The popular Meta Peep kept G5 ahead in this category.

Jim Fletcher

Sight Pins


Readers swear by TruGlo pins to help them find the spot.


Binos & Spotters

The reign of Nikon’s Monarch continues in 2011.


Swarovski, Leupold


This year Nikon and its Archer’s Choice remains exactly that—our archers’ choice.




Garmin gets top billing for getting our voters into hunting territory and back out again.



Primos/Double Bull wins it again.


Hunting Release Aid

Scott’s variety of release options helped put it in the #1 spot again.

Tru Ball

Tru-Fire, Carter

Target Release Aid

Readers cited Scott for variety, performance, and reliability.




Kwikee Kwiver has become a “klassic” in this category.




First the S-Coil, now the X-Coil has stabilized LimbSaver’s place in the #1 spot.



Deer Call

Primos roared back into first position thanks, in part, to its Buck Roar call.

Hunter’s Specialties

Knight & Hale, Flextone

Elk Call

Primos’ Hoochie Mama is, again, the elk call of choice.

Turkey Call

Primos gobbles up the honors with its variety of options.

Hunter’s Specialties

MAD, Quaker Boy


When voters wanted to get an animal’s attention, they chose Montana Decoys to help them out.

Carry-Lite, Primos, Flambeau


Buck sliced through the competition to make it to the top.


Bow Case

Plano (Protector)



Tink’s has been a reader favorite for over a decade.

Code Blue

Hunter’s Specialties

Scent-Adsorbing Clothing


ScentBlocker (Dream Season)

Scent Eliminator

Hunter’s Specialties (Scent-A-Way)

Wildlife Research (Scent Killer)

Dead Down Wind

3-D Target

McKenzie and Rinehart again lead the pack, herd, and flock with their many 3-D options.

Field Logic/GlenDel Buck


Conventional Target

The Block from Field Logic remained a reader favorite.

block field logic



Bag Target

Readers say that “Morrell Yellow Jacket” and “bag target” are almost synonymous.

New Product

Mathews Z7 Bow

Hoyt Maxxis Bow

Hoyt Carbon Matrix Bow

Bowhunting Video

Primos (The Truth)

Realtree (Monster Bucks), Drury Outdoors (Dream Season)

Bowhunting Magazine

Bowhunting World

Petersen’s Bowhunting

Bowhunting World Article/Department

Tech Talk

Back Country

New Gear

Bowhunting World Writer

Bob Robb and his keen observations on the whole bowhunting experience have won him many fans.

Chuck Adams

Norb Mullaney

Bowhunting TV Show

Archer’s Choice with Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo regains top billing with this year’s poll.

Bone Collector

Arrow Affliction, The Crush

Vote Now for the 2012 Awards!

Vote now for your favorite bowhunting gear in the 2012 Bowhunting World Reader’s Choice Awards! Ballots can be found in the August issue of Bowhunting World or by clicking the link below!


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