10 of the Best Short Draw Compound Bows For 2017

Hunters who are not blessed with formidable size advantages may struggle to find a top end compound bow because the draw length is too long. The compound bow manufacturers are well aware these days that smaller framed shooters are looking for hunting bows with great stopping power. That’s why we are looking at 10 of the best short draw compound bows released for the 2017 season.

Short Draw But High Speed

One of the important factors that come into play when looking for a good quality short draw bow in today’s market is the ability to maintain significantly high speed and power. Just because someone is a smaller stature shouldn’t mean that they can’t shoot a high speed bow and most of the short draw bows that have been released for the 2017 season feature high speed ratings.

Bear Legend LS-2

The Legend LS-2 represents one of the best value for money bows in the Bear Archery line-up and offers a great deal of versatility to the hunter, including the short draw capability that a small framed shooter is looking for.

In fact, the draw length range starts at a low of only 23 inches and may be adjusted up to 30 inches.

The bow is powered by the S7 Single Cam System with DrawDial rotating modules that makes it easy to adjust. The power of the bow is set up to enable the bow to shoot at up to 320 fps making it a powerful bow with plenty of stopping power.

Other features of the bow include EnduraFiber Quad Limbs that store and unleash the power in a controlled fashion, BearTrap zero tolerance limb pockets for high precision, top and bottom RockStop offset string suppressors.

It is available in the Realtree Xtra Green finish. When the Legend LS2 was first released it had an MSRP of only $550 placed on it. These days it should be available at prices below this.

Bear Legend LS-2 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

50-60, 60-70 lbs

31.125"

4.0 lbs

6.75"

80%

320 fps

Ben Pearson X Out LMS

The Ben Pearson X Out LMS bow has been created to provide all around shootability, no matter whether you are a competition shooter, like to hit the 3D field or a hunter.

The LMS Cam System provides the shooter with a draw length range that covers 24 to 28.5” in length with half inch increment adjustments.

The bow is also available with the LS4Cam System which provides larger framed shooters the opportunity of setting up with a draw range of 27 – 31.5”.

 This is an incredibly smooth drawing bow with a solid back wall. It is particularly quiet through the entire draw and release cycle and gives you a solid shot.

The bow is from one of the smaller, family-owned manufacturers in the industry but the quality of the bows produced cannot be questioned. The company is also known for their outstanding customer service as well. The bow may be a little difficult to find but, when you do, it will prove to be worth the hunt.

Ben Pearson X Out LMS Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24-26.5"

40-50, 50-60

36-7/8"

Cell 1 / 4

6-7/8"

50-85%

315 fps

Bowtech Fanatic 3.0 SD

We start with the flagship bow from Bowtech Archery, the Reign 6 which is packed with features and uses the Overdrive Binary Cam System. It is capable of shooting at up to 350 fps and it has been built using SmartBow Technology.

All of this in a bow that has a lower draw length of only 24 inches which is perfect for the smaller hunter.

It is equipped with the new Microsync Dial cam synchronization system and FlipDisc performance adjustment which gives you the option of operating in performance or comfort modes. Other notable features with this bow include Carbon Core split limbs, a Cener Pivot riser and the FLX-Guard cable-containment system.

The Reign 6 delivers a smooth and quiet compound bow that has been completely packed with new technology and features that help to make it exceptionally smooth and comfortable to shoot.

Bowtech Reign 6 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24 - 30"

50, 60, 70 lbs

32.625"

4.3 lbs

6"

80%

350 fps

Darton Demon SD

The Demon SD, along with the original Demon, is a compact hunting bow that has taken the company in a slightly new direction as far as design is concerned. What remains the same is the speed and power considerations that go nicely hand in hand with the smooth draw cycle.

The short draw length starts at 24 inches and is adjustable in half inch increments up to 28 inches. The new cam design makes it possible to achieve impressive speeds for the smaller framed hunter. It is also a set up that helps to maximize accuracy with a brace height of 7 inches ensuring that it will also be a forgiving bow to shoot.

This is a bow that may be a little more difficult to track down but the quality of the manufacturer and the long history of fine hunting bows suggest that it is a very worthwhile bow to track down. It has an MSRP of only $713.97.

Darton Demon SD Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24 - 28"

40, 50, 60, 70lbs

30"

4.0 lbs

7"

80%

330 fps

Elite Impulse 31

The Elite Impulse compound bows were released as a bow that is capable of great speed on a stiffer platform thanks to the Riser Cage Technology. In this case, the Impulse 31 offers a draw length that ranges from 26 to 30 inches with half inch adjustment increments.

The bow is powered by a Two-track symmetrical dual cam system and this results in IBO speeds that range from 340-343 fps. The two-track cam is thinner than normal and this forces the load from the cables closer to the center.

The riser of the Impulse is forged from 6061-T6 aluminum and then machined into its reflex form. It has a flared section in the shape of a cage just above the sight window that helps to stiffen it and add to its rigidity.

Other features of the bow include laminated three-layer limbs, a Perfect Alignment Limb System pocket and a two-piece grip. It also has vibration reduction features built into it.

In short, this is an exceptional option for short draw shooters who are looking for smooth draw and release that results in extremely high speeds.

Elite Impulse 31 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24-30"

40 - 80 lbs

31"

402 lbs

6"

80%

340-343 fps

Hoyt Pro Defiant

Hoyt has called the Pro Defiant their most advanced aluminum bow to date. IT has been engineered with a great deal of technological innovations to ensure it is ready to deliver the highest level of performance possible.

The bow uses the DFX Cam System with three cam sizes, the smallest of which will provide the short draw length range of 24 – 26”. Also available are two other draw lengths, 26-28” and 28-30”.

Features of the bow to take note of include Offset Riser Technology for greater strength and stiffness, Dual Cable Stops for a solid back wall, Rotating Cam modules to make adjustment easy, Multilayer laminate UltraFlex limbs and the Zero Torque Cable Guard system.

This is yet another compound bow that has been designed and built to meet the needs of the most demanding bowhunters.

The bow is available in a range of 3 different hunting finishes such as Blackout, Buckskin or Realtree Xtra Camo. It is also possible to have any of a number of different accent colors added as well.

Hoyt Pro Defiant Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24 - 30"

30-40, 40-50, 50-60,
55-65, 60-70, 70-80

30.5"

4.2 lbs

7"

n.a.

331 fps

Mathews No Cam HTX

The No Cam HTX bow from Mathews is another short axle to axle bow from the company, measuring only 30 inches in length. The bow features a longer riser measurement, though, and this provides a stable platform from which to shoot accurately.

The bow has a draw length range of 23.5 to 28.5 inches and it can be adjusted with modules in half inch increments. When you combine the smaller stature with the short draw length you get a real sense that this is an extremely compact hunting bow.

The bow features an extremely smooth draw with no hump in the draw cycle and the installed Rock Mods means that the draw ends in a solid back wall.

Hunters who have used the bow have expressed their surprise at just what a good little shooter it is. The specs don’t hint at the smoothness of the draw or the power and accuracy that it is capable of. But everything appears to come together very nicely to result in one of the more desirable hunting bows released by the company.

Mathews No Cam HTX Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23-29"

50, 60, 70 lbs

30"

3.99 lbs

6-1/8"

65, 75, 85%

326 fps

New Breed GX2

The GX2 compound bow from New Breed has been engineered using titanium and stainless steel hardware to ensure the components are completely immune to taking it out in adverse weather.

The bow is powered by the new Bionix 2.5 Two Track Cam System for a smooth draw while also producing impressive power. The draw length of the bow ranges from 23 to 29 inches on a bow with an axle to axle measurement of 33 inches, a platform that assists with accuracy.

The riser is a fluted design and is made from high quality aircraft grade aluminum which will add strength without adding unnecessary weight. The riser also has a rear stabilizer insert which will help you to customize the bows to your needs.

It is clear that New Breed has been putting in a big effort to increase the design and efficiency of the bow. This is a bow that may be used equally effectively as a hunting bow as it will on the 3D archery course. The smaller stature shooter again has the pleasure of a bow that provides the combination of compact strength with the speed of a bow that has an IBO speed of 335 fps.

New Breed GX2 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23-29"

50, 60, 65, 70 lbs

33"

4.0 lbs

6.5"

n.a.

335 fps

PSE Carbon Air 32 ECS

PSE Archery believes that the Carbon Air is the ultimate carbon hunting bow on the market. For the 2017 season it has been given an additional boost by the inclusion of the Evolve Cam System (ECS).

The use of the ECS gives the bow an even smoother draw cycle that ends with a hard back wall. It also provides an incredible 90% let off making it very comfortable to hold at full draw.

Speaking of the draw, the point of including the bow on this page is because it can be comfortably used by short draw shooters. The draw length ranges from a short length of 24.5 inches and can be adjusted out to 30 inches.  

The bow has a few other features to help with accuracy and comfort before, during and after the shot. The inclusion of the AirGlide cable guard system ensures that there is no string friction taking place.

The bow has an impressive IPO speed rating of 342 fps, impressive for a bow that only weighs 3.3 pounds and measuring 31.5 inches from axle to axle.

PSE Carbon Air 32 ECS Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

24.5-30.5"

60,70 lbs

32"

3.3 lbs

6-3/8"

80-90%

334-342 fps

Xpedition Xplorer SS

The short draw and short frame compound bow market was targeted head on by the Xpedition Archery company with the release of the Xplorer SS compound bow in 2017. Not only have they made a bow that suits the shorter draw length but they have come up with an extremely compact frame.

The bow is described as a high performance short axle to axle bow that combines speed and accuracy in the one package.

It is powered by the PXT hybrid cam system and this provides the ability to produce draw lengths as short as 22 inches. This can be adjusted in half inch increments without the need of a bow press to 24.5 inches. (It should be noted that it is also available with the PX3 for a draw length range of 25” to 26.5 or the XS Plus which provides a draw length range of 27” to 30”).

The bow has already proven itself to be a very popular model and the introduction of the PXT cam opens it up for use by smaller stature hunters who will appreciate the fact that the bow has an IBO rating of 355 fps.

Xpedition Xplorer SS Specs

Draw
Length

Draw Weight

Axle-to-Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

22-24.5"

45, 55, 60, 65, 70 lbs

30"

3.9 lbs

6.125"

80%

355 fps

There is a growing number of options available to the short draw archer and there appears to be more built every year. The 10 short draw bows that have been examined on this page have come from different bow manufacturers and each of them combine the compact nature a small stature shooter expects with some impressive shooting speeds.

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