Glenn Helgeland of Archery World agrees. "When the compound first began catching on," he says, "everyone wanted to try it. But most of these people didn't have sufficiently good shooting form to utilize all its advantages. Sure, they shot better than with a conventional bow, but all the miracles the ads predicted were hard to find. Most people still ended the season with an empty freezer. But they discovered that they liked the drop-off, that it was more comfortable and it made shooting more fun."
That, of course, is the real key to the compound. Plainly and simply, bow-and-arrow shooting is more fun. You don't have to be in quite as good condition, you don't have to do quite as much preseason preparation, you don't have to be quite so precise in aim and release to get comparable results with a compound as with a longbow.
"The compound is the future," says Bud Kellogg, head of Tom Kat Inc. in Mahopac, N.Y., who reports archery sales up 50% this season over last, with 80% of them compounds. "When you think of the pressure on gun hunters today, you know that this is where tomorrow's hunting has to lie. The compound bow, like the spinning reel, is here to stay."