The 2020 season has seen another wide selection of hunting compound bows hit the market with all types of modifications and tweaks applied to previous models.

Among these are the bows that have been designed specifically for bow hunters who are shorter than the average person. These short draw bows have either been designed for the smaller adult male, female hunters or the youth market.

We have put together a list and description of all of the short draw compound bows that were released for the 2020 season. We have identified those that are specifically aimed at the adult hunters and you will find that many of them are also suitable for the young hunters, all who have a shorter arm span.

In this case we have identified a short draw bow as any compound bow that has a minimum draw length under 25 inches.

Browse through the list of short draw bows released for the 2020 season. They have been put into alphabetical order based on compound bow manufacturer. We have also included the bow specifications of each bow, a short description as well as details about where you can go to buy each bow.

Bear Paradox

Adult Hunting Bow

The Paradox is an outstanding single cam bow that is built to provide power and speed with a smooth draw cycle.

It has a minimum draw length of 23.5” but it can be adjusted up to 30.5” and has 80% let off.

The bow uses the smooth drawing EZ3 Cam with a rotating module, making draw length adjustments a breeze.

The quality construction is as you would expect with the riser made of machined aluminum and EnduraFiber Limbs for controlled power. The Lock Down Limb Pocket System gives you great riser to pocket to limb alignment and it is also fitted with noise and vibration deadening features.

This is a high quality hunting bow that suits the smaller stature hunter and it has been released by Bear Archery at a very competitive price point.

Paradox Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23.5 - 30.5"

45-60, 55-70 lbs

32"

4.3 lbs

6.25"

80%

330 fps

Bowtech Convergence

Experienced to Youth Hunter

The Convergence provides the hunter with a fast and powerful bow that is perfect for all short draw hunters everywhere.

It boasts a draw length range of 10 inches and also has more than 62 pounds of draw weight adjustment available.

The draw length starts as short as 21 inches and can be increased to as much as 31 inches.

It is driven by the Binary Cam system which is particular to the strong line-up of bows in the Bowtech range. It is powerful with an IBO rating of 330 fps and it is also capable of providing great accuracy through a brace height of 7 inches.

All of this adds up to a bow that suits the youth archer or the beginner and is also perfectly suitable for the experienced hunter. Even more attractive is the MSRP of $599.

Convergence Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

21 - 31"

8-70 lbs

31.5"

4.1 lbs

7"

n.a.

330 fps

Elite Kure

Highly Adjustable Hunting Bow

The Kure has been designed to be one of the easiest to adjust compound bows available on the market today.

As a short draw bow, the draw length starts at 23 inches and can be adjusted up to 30 inches.

It uses the Tri-Track cam system which is said to provide shooters with stability, speed, and accuracy. The draw length range of 7 inches is made possible by the Versa Mod system which offers a rotating mod with seven inches of draw length adjustment in 1/4″ increments without the need for a bow press.

The limb pockets are designed to make fine tuning even easier thanks to the Simplified. Exact. Tuning. or SET Technology which micro-adjusts cam attitude.

The bow feel may be customized with the let off adjustment being able to be made from 70% all the way up to 90%.

Kure Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

40,50,60, 65,70 lbs

31.8125"

4.6 lbs

6.5625"

n.a.

335 fps

Martin Rev

The Rev has been advertised by Martin as the fastest, smoothest drawing ready to shoot bow on the market.

The bow is equipped with the company’s new Rev cams and they offer a broad range of draw lengths that start as short as 20 inches and can be adjusted all the way up to 30 inches.

The bow has a brace height of 7.5 inches which will provide the shooter with a great deal of forgiveness.

In its Ready to Shoot configuration it has a speed of 310 fps but is able to be set up to reach 320 fps.

This is a strong hunting bow that comes at an entry level price with the MSRP set at $399.00.

Compound Bow Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

20 - 30"

up to 70 lbs

31"

3.6 lbs

7.5"

75%

320 fps

Mathews TX-5

Compact Power

The TX-5 has been optimized for high speeds and maximum energy. The Crosscentric Cam Technology allows for draw lengths ranging from 23.5 – 29.5".

This cam has been based on the company’s No Cam technology and it uses a partially concentric string payout and AVS Technology for a quiet draw and consistent accuracy.

It provides for accurate energy as well as 3D Damping technology so that post shot sound is minimized along with vibration.

This is a compact bow that measures only 28 inches from axle to axle and the brace height is also small at 5 inches. Everything about it is compact except for the IBO rating which is an impressive 345 fps.

The TX-5 also features the brand new Engage Grip, which is designed for consistent hand placement to reduce torque and enhance comfort for all shooters regardless of hand size.

The bow was released by the company with an MSRP of $1099.00.

TX-5 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23.5 - 29.5"

50,60,70 lbs

28"

4.58 lbs

5"

75,85%

345 fps

PSE Bandit NXT

Compact Blind Hunter

The Bandit is the short framed bow of the Pro Series range that will suit shooters who shoot from spaces where there is limited space such as from ground blinds.

The draw length ranges from 20.5 inches to 26 inches and the draw weight options are quite low at either 40 or 50 lbs. The bow has an IBO rating of 307-299 fps which, while not overly fast, has plenty of speed to do some serious damage.

As with other bows in PSE’s Pro Series it is powered by the Evolve Cam system which gives a smooth draw cycle and plenty of power.

The bow is suited to all types and sizes of shooters of levels of experience. The bow, being of the smaller axle to axle length of 28 inches, does not have the same level of stability of a bow with a longer riser but it exhibits good power from a short draw.

It has been released by the company with an MSRP of $1099.00.

Bandit NXT Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

20.5 - 26"

40,50 lbs

28"

3.7 lbs

6.125"

85%

307-299 fps

PSE Drive SD

Value For Money Short Draw

The next short draw bow we will look at is also from PSE Archery and it is the Drive SD which is the designated short draw in the company’s line up.

The Drive has been a popular part of the PSE range for a number of years and the short draw option means that serious hunting power is in the shooters hands at a great value for money price.

The bow is powered by the SB cam which allows for a draw length of 22 – 25.5 inches. It has a speed rating of up to 292 fps.

The draw weight options are 40 or 50 lbs and with let-off at 85% the bow will be perfect for the smaller framed hunter, including female and youth shooters alike.

It has been released by the company with an MSRP of $549.00.

Drive SD Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

22 - 25.5"

40,50 lbs

29.5"

3.7 lbs

6.325"

85%

292 fps

PSE Carbon Air Stealth EM

Carbon Short Draw

The Carbon Air Stealth EM compound bow is new for the 2020 season and provides a sturdy but lightweight option for shooters who need a shorter draw length range.

The EM cam system is a medium sized version of the Evolve Cam system which provides for a draw length range of 21.5 to 27.5". The cams have rotational modules to allow draw length adjustment as well as low let-off inner mod (LL) and a fast let-off inner mod (FL).

Dampening and stability of the bow is provided by the S-RAC (Structural Rigid Acoustic Core) technology of the carbon fiber riser. It is lightweight at only 3.5 lbs and shoots dead in the hand.

The bow’s riser and limb interface is performed by the Wedgelock Speed Pocket that effectively locks the limbs into place and helps with alignment and consistency.

It has been released with an MSRP of $1499.99.

Carbon Air Stealth EM Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

21.5-27.5"

40,50,60 lbs

34"

3.4 lbs

6.1875"

85%

301-309 fps

Xpedition Thresher X

The Thresher X fits the bill of a short draw bow with the minimum draw length available measuring 23 inches. It is quite a compact bow and is ideal for any archer that wants a high-efficiency, short axle to axle bow.

The bow measures 30 inches from axle to axle and has shown itself to be a high performer that will suit serious bow hunters. Not only that but it is also versatile enough to fit the frame and shooting requirements of a female hunter or a young adult.

The Thresher X is built with some serious speed capabilty achieving IBO speeds of up to 330 fps at only 28” draw length and 60 pounds draw weight.

The bow has been released by the company with an MSRP of $699.00.

Thresher X Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 28"

30,40,50,60 lbs

29.875"

3.68 lbs

6.1875"

80%

328 fps

Bow hunting is enjoyed by people of all shapes and sizes and, fortunately, bow manufacturers have been working hard at producing designs that will cover the vast majority of them.

The bows that are examined above cover those bows that have been designed to suit the experienced to relative newcomer, in terms of experience.

It is still possible to find many of the short draw bows that were produced in 2018, often for considerable discounts.


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