Bear Archery Bows Covington KY

Local resource for Bear Archery bows in Covington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to types of bows such as traditional bows, compound bows, youth bows,and Bear Archery accessories, as well as advice and content on Bear Archery young guns.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 347-7570
Glen Crossing
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 793-1033
Sycamore Plaza
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 752-5525
Eastgate Pavilion
Cincinnati, OH
D&D Outfitters
(513) 674-7400
536 W. Sharon Road
Cincinnati, OH
D & D Outfitters
(513) 674-7400
536 West Sharon Road
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(859) 283-2702
Turfway Crossings
Florence, KY
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 741-0800
10220 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH
2nd Swing
(859) 746-2832
7729 Mall Road
Florence, KY
Bass Pro Sports
(513) 826-5200
300 Cincinnati Mills Drive
Cincinnati, OH
Mon - Sat 9:00am - 10:00pmSun 10:00am - 7:00pm

Nature Outfitters
(513) 248-9868
118 Main Street
Milford, OH

Bear Archery Charge Ready-to-Hunt (RTH) Bow Review

While Bear Archery got its start with traditional bows, today the company has expanded to compound bows offering a variety of modern configurations. For this review we are going to be taking a look at the Bear Charge in what they call a Ready-To-Hunt (RTH) package. The idea behind RTH is that the bow should be as close as possible to having everything you need to hit the field and start practicing. A packaged bow that comes with a variety of accessories used to be unheard of years ago, but over the last 7-10 years has become steadily more popular, especially with those just getting into bow hunting.

Fred Bear and the company he started, Bear Archery, is an undeniable icon in the history of modern bowhunting. Today vintage Bear Archery products command a premium and are sought after by collectors. This is striking because Bear Archery was and has always been focused on delivering a good value for its customer. Today that tradition is carried on by Escalade Sports, the owner of Bear Archery and Trophy Ridge.

The current Bear lineup includes everything from a compact/youth bow, such as the Apprentice, to their flagship Carnage that features the latest in bow technology. The Charge is an entry level bow that retails at $299 for just the bow and $399 for a complete RTH package. The RTH package includes Trophy Ridge accessories such as a 3 pin fiber optic sight, quiver, stabilizer, bow sling, string loop, peep sight, and a whisker biscuit.

The Charge is available in three peak pull weights: 50, 60, and 70 pounds and can be reduced 10 pounds each. All bows have an 80% left with a soft wall (no hard wall stop on the cam). Draw length adjustment is generous moving from 26" to 30" in half inch increments without using a bow press. The Charge has a 30" axle-to-axle making it a release only bow with a forgiving 7.75 brace height. Given the relatively long brace height the Charge still turns in a respectable IBO speed of 305fps.

The Charge uses a solo cam design that can be adjusted for draw length without a press.

Back side of the lower cam.

The Charge is only available in Realtree APG; however the fit and finish is excellent. The camo dip job on our review bow is complete with little to no blemishes. The limb pockets appear to be painted with a scratch resistant epoxy.

Bear builds their own limbs using a fiberglass/resin compression method. The limbs on the Charge are split with a characteristic flair closer to the cam. Like most other newer parallel limb style bows, the Charge limbs come with a few caveats. First Bear Archery warns against mounting any dampening accessories more than 2 inches away from the limb pocket. Mounting more than 2 inches away from the limb pocket can damage the limbs creating a dangerous bow and voids the warranty.

The Charge uses a split limb design with flared limbs. Be sure
to put any limb dampeners within two inches of the limb pocket.

The other caveat has really hit home with any modern parallel limb bow...

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Kentucky Hunting Regulations

Age Requirement:

Jr. Sportsman License available to youths under 16.  License application must be signed by parent.  Children under the age of 12 are license exempt. 

Education Requirement:

All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1975, shall have a valid hunter education card IN POSSESSION WHILE HUNTING. A card is not needed for purchase. Exceptions: 1) Children under 12 may hunt without a card if accompanied by an adult. 2) Persons exempt from a hunting license are also exempt from hunter education card requirements (i.e., landowners; military on furlough). 3) Persons with a Hunter Education Exemption Permit may hunt without a card while accompanied by a legal adult hunter.

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