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Bear catalog 1993.


Wherever bowhunters and archers gather, the name Bear is recognized as a leader in our sport and industry. The reason is simple. We at Bear build an exceptionally high quality product. I'm thrilled to be a part of Bear and our outdoor way of life.

I'm just as thrilled, though, when someone on our staff or one of our customers or a staff shooter has a great archery moment. I could not have been happier than when Eddie Whobrey won Wayne Pearson's Outdoor Trails Bowhunter Championship in Valdosta, Georgia, last June, with the highest score ever recorded in that event; or when our womens' team of Susan Thompson, Ellon Rutherford and Kathy Caudle won the National IBO Triple Crown this year and Susan shot a top ladies score of 3,181 over all three legs of that prestigious tournament.

So, enjoy our Bear Catalog this year and take a serious look at our new bows and accessories. You will be glad you did.


You will see this symbol throughout the '93 Bear Catalog. It will help you locate new products for 1993. The Bear design and shooting teams are continually seeking to improve our products for your enjoyment and benefit. Ask for Bear at an archery dealer near you.

Ask your local archery dealer for a Fred Bear commemorative poster. These remarkably colorful illustrations are available in two sizes: large 23" X 30" or small 13" X 17" (suitable for framing).

The Fred Bear Museum is an integral part of the Bear Archery manufacturing plant in Gainesville, Florida, just two minutes off Interstate 75 in the heart of the Sunshine State.

The 9,000 sq. ft. Museum celebrates the life of Fred Bear, the founder of Bear Archery and one of the most influential outdoorsmen of the 20th century. It contains thousands of archery artifacts, bowhunting trophies and natural history exhibits from around the world.

The Fred Bear Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children 6-12 years of age or just $6.00 for the entire family.

An archery range is maintained on the grounds of Bear Archery, so bring your bow when you visit and shoot on Fred Bear's personal range.

Bear Archery is proud of its bowhunting advisory staff. Men and women like Colorado's Wayne Carlton give seminars and make guest appearances to meet thousands of bowhunters every year across America. Our bowhunting advisors give our equipment a thorough test in the field and work with Bear's designers on innovations that will benefit you. Their feed-back is a vital part of our commitment to meeting your needs and dreams.

Air Force General and Space Shuttle Commander Joe Engle has been instrumental in promoting archery and bowhunting among young archers. A long-time friend of Fred Bear, Joe works with Bear at major sports shows, archery shoots and hunting camps throughout the year.

If you enjoy year-round shooting sports action, tune in to The Sportsman's Showcase with Alabama's Ken Tucker, sponsored by Bear Archery. Ken puts his Bear equipment to the test on more than 100 television stations across the U.S. On Saturday mornings, you can watch Wayne Pearson's Ultimate Outdoors on ESPN or fish and hunt with him throughout the year on his nationally syndicated series The Outdoor Trail Magazine. Wayne is a Bear Archery bowhunting advisor -- naturally!

Look for this notification on bows and quality archery accessories from Bear Archery and other participating manufacturers. It indicates that a portion of the price of each product sold is pledged to preserve bowhunting through a "Save Our Heritage" fund generated by the Archery Manufacturers Organization.

In March, '92, family and friends of the late Fred Bear and the employees of Bear Archery unveiled a large, 18" X 24" bronze plaque honoring America's premier 20th century outdoorsman, Fred Bear. The plaque is mounted on a granite pedestal and permanently on display at the entrance to the Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville, Florida. In July, a replica was dedicated atop a boulder in the Michigan Memorial Forest -- planted in honor of prominent conservationists -- near Wolverine, Michigan.

Henrietta Bear, Fred's wife, developed the wording on the plaque and unveiled it with Bear Archery CEO / President Charles Smith.


For most of us, bowhunting is more than just another "activity." Most people whose heart begins to thud uncontrollably at the sight of a buck whitetail know that Bear Archery is the undisputed world leader in hunting bows. Bear's innovations for 1993 will reaffirm your confidence.

The perfect hunting bow is within your grasp. The perfect bow is fast as a deer "jumping the string," light enough to carry comfortably in elk country, yet strong enough for any big game. It's durable enough to survive airline baggage handling on your black bear hunt, too. The perfect hunting bow will not let you down when you need it most.

On the next eight pages, Bear Archery presents the finest hunting bows in the world, perhaps the perfect hunting bow for you. From the top-of-the-line Bear First Strike XLR|TM~ to the ideal bow for a youngster, the Bear Cub|TM~, Bear Archery offers a bow selection that is absolutely unmatched.

So, hunt with a bow from Bear. Our bows are built from exceptionally high quality materials with the best human ingenuity and computer-aided design in the industry. We guarantee that they are second-to-none.

Life is short. Hunt hard.

The new Performance + Magnesium Handle on our First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ and the exquisite new Super 45|TM~ is designed for Performance + Shooting:

a longer sight window allows you to shoot any velocity arrow with no distance pin problems;

positive locking limb pivot nuts with brass-tipped set screws guarantee that you won't lose an ounce of poundage whatever weight you shoot;

positive locking channels lock an overdraw precisely in place;

a recessed rest plate allows perfect centershot;

limb alignment keys mean you'll never need to worry that your bow limbs won't stay exactly in place; and an integral quiver mounting system positively locks a quiver on your bow handle.

Bear's distinctive new Strike! Cam on the First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ is a new generation of fast, programmed cam. Bear's top-of-the-line First Strike|TM~ is as fast now as any bow you can buy.

The outstanding and versatile new Micro-Tune Yoke System on the First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ and the Super 45|TM~ offers these important benefits: easy fine tuning allows you to adjust your bow's timing (synchronous cam roll over) without a bow compressor; the aluminum bridle eliminates limb torque due to cable load transfer, and it

lets you micro-manage your draw length to +/- 1/4" adjustments.

Archery's only new Hardwood Laminated Limb for a cam bow -- a classic limb for a classic bow, Bear's Super 45|TM~. These precision machined hard-rock maple laminates are aligned between horizontal flex-planes of black Bo-Tuff|TM~, Core-Tuff|TM~ and glass composite.

At Bear Archery, we believe that Fred would be proud of his company's continuing record of innovation and accomplishment. For 1993, Bear engineers, bowyers and product designers have developed a new hardwood laminated recurve limb, a new magnesium performance + bow handle, new fast cams, the first easily tunable yoke system and much more in the world's most complete line of bows and archery accessories.


One of the first modern bowhunters to safari in Africa, Fred Bear took this huge bull elephant in Mozambique in 1964. During the summer of 1992, California bowhunter Pete Becker shot a potential new world record African nyala with his Bear First Strike|TM~. Fred's elephant is on display in the Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville, Florida.


The 35,000 visitors to the Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville, Florida, each year discover a world of meticulously prepared and researched exhibits dealing with natural history and the history of the bow and arrow, as well as Fred Bear's bowhunting exploits. The 9,000 square-foot Museum is a unique archery treasure which is open five days each week, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thousands of exhibits, a birds-eye view of the Bear manufacturing plant and a 24-station self-guided tour make the Museum a must see on your next trip to Florida.


Fred Bear did more than any man to popularize archery and bowhunting. Called "Papa" Bear by those who knew him intimately, he also left a legacy of support for conservation and outdoor ethics which Bear Archery still promotes through the 6,000-member Fred Bear Sports Club.

For information, write: Fred Bear Sports Club Fred Bear Drive SW Gainesville, Florida 32608


Bear Wants You ... to have everything you need in competition model wheel and cam bows. Bear Wants You to bring home the gold -- and the cash, too! So, for 1993, we're featuring a TOTALLY NEW LINE UP of high-performance competition bows.

Look for the new 22 SB Performance + Magnesium Handle. The 22 SB's longer sight window (on our First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ and the exquisite new Super 45|TM~) allows you to shoot any velocity arrow with a minimum of distance pin problems.

The Performance + incorporates positive locking limb pivot nuts with brass tipped locking set screws, guaranteeing that whatever the weather or draw weight, your bow won't lose an ounce of poundage.

As if that weren't enough, the Performance + incorporates locking channels on the back of the handle to mount an overdraw; a recessed rest plate for perfect centershot; and built-in limb alignment keys so you never have to worry that your bow limbs won't stay exactly where you want them. (An integral quiver mounting system makes the Performance + handle versatile for bowhunting or field shooting, too.)

Bear's Micro-Tune Yoke System is an all new feature for '93. Now, you can adjust wheel roll-over (timing) without a bow compressor. The Micro-Tune's aluminum bridle eliminates anchor cable limb torque, because it evenly distributes loading on either side of the cam or wheel. This maintains perfect alignment between the string travel plane and the limb tip travel plane.

New and distinctive cams and wheels are features of Bear's high end competitors. The Strike! Cam on the First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ has dramatically increased the speed of this top-of-the-line bow. This cam is muscular enough to accelerate your arrow down any 3-D lane. The new 45 Wheel atop the competition model Super 45's|TM~ hardwood laminated recurve limb is computer designed and field tested for smoothness, forgiveness and consistency.

The new Hardwood Laminated Limb on the Super 45|TM~ is the only new recurve hardwood laminated limb in archery. Because it is a Bear limb, you can be sure it will not fail you at any level of competition, IBO, ASA, NFAA OR PAA. At 45" -- just an inch longer than the First Strike XL|TM~ and XLR|TM~ -- the Super 45|TM~ is a bow you can win with shooting fingers or a release.

Speaking of limbs, the straight limb on the First Strike XL|TM~ and the new recurve limb on the First Strike XLR|TM~ are the Ideal Combination Of Carbon And Fiberglass. Bear molds them into a remarkably durable limb by heating them together in a patented, secret formula fixative bath and then subjecting them to tremendous compression in stainless steel molds until they are "cooked to perfection." You just can't go wrong with limbs that have been tested to withstand more than 1,000,000 flexes. That's probably more than you could shoot in 10 lifetimes!

In '93, introduce your novice archers to fun and competition with the Black Bear|TM~. With Mercedes silver limbs and a competition Teal handle they will enjoy learning at your side. This bow isn't just for youngsters. Its draw lengths range from 25" to 31" and weights from 35# to 65#.

Colors To Make A Flag Wave!

Last year, Bear featured competition bows in Garnet, Blue and Black with smoked, Mercedes Gray limbs and colorful, attention-getting graphics. This year, we've added three new handle colors: Aqua, Teal and Wine!


Why would one shoot an "old fashioned" bow like a recurve? A recurve, after all, shoots a slower arrow than a compound bow. It usually takes more practice to become and remain proficient. It exacts a greater toll on the muscles of the arms and back. It delivers less "impact energy" when the arrow connects with its target.

The recurve bow seems to associate with earlier times, when Fred Bear was learning the stick-and-string art from Art Young. A time perhaps when Ishi, the last wild North American Indian, was still living, still spearing salmon and dropping a pinch of tobacco to the sacred mountain, Waganupa, to commemorate a deer taken with his bow.

In contrast with the compound bow, we freely associate recurves like those built in the workshops of Bear Archery, with a time when man felt closer to the earth. A time when a man was born and died at home; when he tilled his own fields.

Classic recurves like the Bear Hunter|R~ Take-Down help us evoke a bygone era. Recurves remind us of our roots and will always remain an honored part of the Bear Archery tradition of excellence.


"Driving along a country road not too long ago, I came upon two farm boys shooting their bows and arrows at bales of hay in a pasture. They were having fun, without a care in the world.

"This is the appeal of the bow and arrow, especially in the company of an agreeable companion. For those who revel in a little more formality than shooting at hay bales there is an exciting world of recreational archery. The target, rules, and scoring are limited only by one's imagination."


Bear Archery manufactures the finest hunting and competition bows in the world, bows like the First Strike XLR|TM~ with the new set-back 22SB handle and the Super 45|TM~ with the finest new laminated hardwood recurve limb in archery. With the legacy of Fred Bear to live up to, we would hardly want to do less.

It should not then be a surprise that Bear's name on hundreds of archery and bowhunting accessories is a sure indicator of value and performance. This catalog offers 29 pages of accessories designed to help you complete your hunting and shooting outings successfully and enjoy them "to the max." Each of these accessories is packaged in Bear's distinctive Forest Green cartons and bags.

For instance, Bear builds broadheads. Bear offers the newest, state-of-the-art stainless steel broadheads like the 90-grain Bruin Lite|TM~ as well as one of the oldest, the scale-tipping 145-grain Super Razorhead|R~ S/S which was designed by Fred Bear.

Whether your game is bowhunting, bowfishing or competition, Bear has it all. Broadheads, overdraws, sights, quivers. A sophisticated new line of Kinetronic arrow rests. Releases, armguards, youth and novice archery sets. And outdoor clothing, too, classy, superbly understated.

So, you owe it to yourself to demand the very best. Ask for Bear for your bows and archery accessories. Fred would be proud.

Fred Bear's original concept for the Razorhead|R~ was to design an effective steel broadhead hard enough to hold an edge, yet soft enough to sharpen with a file. He designed a prototype in 1953 and personally field tested it for three years before bringing it into production in 1956. The final test, in which Fred brought down his 50th big game trophy, a Yukon grizzly, satisfied him that it was ready.

Since 1956, the Razorhead|R~ has been in continuous use. Fred Bear Museum Director Frank Scott took this Barren Ground Caribou in Alaska on a 1971 hunt with Fred. His bow then was a 52# Bear Victor Kodiak|R~ Take-Down Recurve and his broadhead a Razorhead|R~. Twenty years and numerous hunting adventures later, Frank still believes in and uses the same combination of gear. That's quite a testimony to Bear equipment!


An overdraw is simply an extension of the arrow rest in the direction of the bowstring. Using an overdraw, the archer can shoot a shorter, lighter and faster arrow.

Today's archers are inclined to think overdraws are complicated and new. "They may be complicated, but they aren't new," claims Fred Bear Museum Director Frank Scott. "Overdraws have been around for at least 500 years and some would say much longer!"

Illustrator Beth Stubblefield's drawings illustrate a device called a "siper." It dates from the 1400s in the Middle East. The siper was actually an arrow rest worn on the wrist of the bow hand, not fastened to the bow! It allowed the archer to shorten his arrows by as much as six inches.

Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.


"One would think pulling the bowstring and letting it go is easy, but archers have been struggling for a clean string release for 50,000 years," says Frank Scott, director of the Fred Bear Museum. "It is no wonder releases have undergone extensive redesign as archery has increased in popularity during the past 20 years."

A clean release helps you achieve the highest possible accuracy and delivers the maximum amount of energy to the arrow. "It's the single hardest action in archery," Frank says.

A Chinese or Mongolian thumb ring is illustrated here. It is a very efficient tool for drawing and releasing the string, dramatically increasing the shooter's accuracy and delivering energy to the arrow.

Archers using the thumb ring shot off the opposite side of the bow than archers using the customary three finger or Mediterranean release. Archery historians generally agree that these thumb rings are the forerunners of the modern release aid.


Bowfishing embraces a multitude of pleasures by combining archery and angling.

First, you must find fish you can see. This isn't difficult from early spring through late fall in most areas. Your equipment consists of a strong hunting bow outfitted with a reel for storing heavy fishing line and a solid fiberglass arrow tipped with a special, barbed fish point on the end of the line. When you see the fish, you aim and shoot. It's a scaled down version, with slight variations, of harpooning. When the fish is hit, you hold the bow with one hand and reel in the fish with the other. In essence, that's all there is to it.


In publishing this diary of fifteen of my hunts, I hope to share with you the exhilaration of time spent in the wild -- leaving man's first footprint, perhaps, in some remote area. Or simply to enjoy the peace and solitude of sitting with your back against a tree in the forest....

It has been my good fortune over the years to enjoy many great hunts in almost all parts of the world. I kept a diary on each hunt and from these dog-eared, rain-soaked pages evolved the chapters of this book.

Ishi, the "patron saint of modern bowhunting," was the last wild Indian in America. Wandering out of the Northern California mountains in 1911, he was the last survivor of the Yana tribe.

"He looked upon us as sophisticated children -- smart, but not wise. We knew many things and much that is false. He knew nature, which is always true. His were the qualities of character that last forever. He was essentially kind; he had courage and self-restraint, and though all had been taken from him, there was no bitterness in his heart. His soul was that of a child, his mind that of a philosopher.

With him there was no word for good-bye. He said: 'You stay, I go.'

He has gone and he hunts with his people. We stay, and he has left us the heritage of the bow."

Take Number five: Fred, on cue, thermos in hand, opened the cabin door and stepped out, this time tripping over the lintel. When he did not hear the expected, "Cut!," he knew the director intended to use this segment even though it showed him at a disadvantage, and like all "movie stars" Fred decided this must not happen.

So, he took matters into his own hands, approached the outfitter on cue, but changed the script, hoping to break up Bill's composure and thus spoil the scene. The dialogue came out as follows:

"Bill, would you like some moose droppings in your coffee this morning?"

But Bill, determined to do it right, thought only of his line and with no change in expression firmly answered, "I'll have mine black."
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