Category: Equipment & Reviews

Hoyt Buffalo Review

To begin, the Hoyt Buffalo comes in 3 flavors. Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry and in varied sizes of small, medium and large. I will not dwell on the product specifications, as there they are sufficient sites out there to reference to. I will focus only on my personal review of the Hoyt Buffalo.

Like most people, I started with a very simple wooden bow. After firing off an array of arrows, I was pretty much hooked. Each time an arrow was released and took flight, an instinctive, you could even say a primordial feeling briefly emerges out from somewhere deep within. Very exhilarating and satisfying.

Sights, stabilizers and all sorts of accessories were soon added to the wooden riser. Before long, shooting at targets became a mundane ritual of equipment selection and adjustments. As quickly that feeling had appeared, it vanished back into the depths of human evolution.

To kill the monotony of practice, I decided to try my hands on the various types of bows that were available within the archery community. Eventually, I concluded it all boiled down to personal preferences and budget. Everyone had their favorites and everyone was right.

If the Hoyt Buffalo had a gender, it would definitely be male. It is very well constructed, strong, minimalistic with functionality taking precedence over aesthetic. The finishing is not the best, a little lackluster but a handsome bow all the same. It looked like it belonged more in the field rather than in an indoor range.

The Buffalo is pretty much a Hunter’s bow. Setup is quick and easy, taking less than a minute. It is a little heavy where some archers may have preference over lighter alternatives made of carbon or wood. It spots a 19” aluminum riser with a little allowance for adjusting the draw weight through its adjustable tillers. It is very well balanced, tough and well made, It is clearly designed to move in and about the forest on a hunt. However, it performs just as well on fixed and 3D targets.

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The Hoyt Buffalo is definitely not a beginner’s bow. You have to be physically fit, have a good basic foundation in stance, form and anchoring before you are able to tame the Buffalo.

My Setup Arrows
Draw weight 45”

Length: 62”

Brace Height: 8.5”

Easton ST Axis Traditional Woodgrain

Length: 29”

Fletches: 4” Turkey Feathers

Spine: 500

Points: 120

My current bow setup has a draw weight of 45lb, bow length 62” with a customized wooden grip made by a good friend of mine “Uncle Ronnie”. The draw weight is a little overkill for range target shooting but I just love the raw power and workout I get from shooting the arrows. I would recommend something lighter about 35Ibs if your plans are to use the bow only at the range.

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The draw is very smooth, very silent with  power to match accuracy. It does not disappoint. The positive feedback that you get each time you release an arrow just brings the hunter out in you. The more time you spend shooting with the buffalo, the more intense the primordial instincts emerges, the tighter the bond you get with your equipment. You start off being very technical about anchoring and applying the various techniques like gap shooting. However as time passes, instinctive shooting slowly takes over.  It’s very “Jedi-like” if it makes any sense to you.

If your objective is to compete aggressively in the local archery circuit, there are alternatives out there that may be more apt towards handling the demands of practice and competition. If your intent is to enjoy the full draw of archery, look no further. What makes the Buffalo stands apart from the other bows I would sum up is the “Feel factor”. Shooting with the Buffalo is just a very satisfying experience.

If I could dispense any advise before considering of purchasing a Buffalo, it would be

“Caution”. It could be the last bow you would ever want to own.

PROs

Quick and Easy to setup

Built to last

Very accurate

Great Feel Factor when shooting.

CONS

Not Cheap

Heavy

Arrows penetrate very deep into targets and ground.

Need to invest time to bond with the bow

 

  • review contributed by Venator