We have put together a list and description of all of the short draw compound bows released for the 2021 season.

We have identified those 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 2021 season. They have been ordered alphabetically 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

The Bear Paradox is a high-performance bow powered by a single cam system available at a very competitive price.

The draw length range of the Paradox starts at a minimum length of 23 inches and adjusts out to 30 inches in half inch increments.

The brace height measures only 6.25 inches.

Consequently, the shooter will have a degree of control over the shot while the speed of the bow measures an impressive 330 fps.

The bow features the Lock Down Pocket System so that the riser to pocket to limb alignment is perfect leading to a greater chance at shooting accurately.

It also uses the limb dampening capability of the ShockWaves to reduce vibration and shock.

The company is providing the bow complete with the RTH package which consists of 6 Trophy Ridge accessories to enable you to be completely set up for your hunting trip out of the box.

The bow is available in a range of finishes such as Veil Alpine, Realtree Edge, Veil Stoke, TrueTimber Strata and Fred Bear Camo.

It has been released by Bear Archery with an MSRP of $419.99 or as part of a RTH package for $519.99.

Bear Paradox Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

45-60 lbs

32"

4.3 lbs

6.25"

80%

330 fps

Bowtech Solution SD

The short draw option built into the Solution platform provides tree stand and blind hunters with a highly maneuverable option.

The bow measures only 30” from axle to axle and offers a draw length range from 23.5” to 28.5”.

The new features are also built in such as the Deadlock Cam System, Deadlock Pockets, Deadlock Cable Containment and Orbital Dampener.

A Clutch Performance Grip provides the shooter with a comfortable modular grip that reduces torque.

The bow is available in Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green, Smoke Grey, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, Realtree Edge, Kryptek Altitude, Optifade Subalpine, and Kuiu Verde.

Released with an MSRP of $1199.00.

Bowtech Solution SD Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23.5 - 28.5"

50,60,70 lbs

30"

3.9 lbs

7"

n.a.

323 fps

Martin TM Hunter 33

The Martin TM Hunter 33 is a lightweight, smooth drawing hunting bow that should suit a wide range of spot and stalk bow hunters.

The bow uses the RRAD Rev Cam System and is easily adjustable from 25 up to 70 lbs of draw weight.

As mentioned, this is a lightweight bow weighing only 3.6 and boasts a forgiving 7” brace height.

The draw length has a minimum length of only 18” suitable for the smallest of hunters. It can be adjusted out to a maximum of 30 inches, a huge range that covers all sizes.

The bow features the new Tri Loc System including a Tri Loc Axle Cap for calibrated cam system clearance, a Tri Loc Roto Cup and the Tri Loc Limb Pocket for perfect alignment.

The bow is available as a right hand option only.

It has an MSRP of $797.00

Martin TM Hunter 33 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

18 - 30"

25-70 lbs

33"

3.6 lbs

7"

65-75%

333 fps

Mathews Tactic

The Tactic is a lightweight bow at a lower price point to suit the newcomer to the archery scene. However, it is also a solid hunting bow with a shorter draw length that provides the smaller framed bow hunter a great option.

The bow measures 30.5” from axle to axle and it weighs 4.24 pounds. It is a hunting bow that is both lightweight and maneuverable.

It also has a 7 inch brace height making it a more forgiving bow compared to some of the other new bows in the range.

The draw length options are 50, 60 or 70 pounds.

The AVS DYAD Cam system powers the bow and the draw length has a 7 inch range starting at 23 inches and extending up to 30 inches. The IBO rating for the bow is a healthy 335 fps.

This is a great introductory bow that has a smooth draw cycle, let-off of up to 80% and a healthy top end speed.

It is available in a choice of either Black or Realtree Edge finishes.

The bow has an MSRP of $849.

Mathews Tactic Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

50-70 lbs

30.5"

4.24 lbs

7"

80%

335 fps

Prime Nexus 2

The Prime Nexus 2 is the shortest bow in the newly released Nexus series of hunting bows released under the G5 Prime label.

This version of the Nexus offers a bow with an axle to axle length of 32 inches.

Importantly, for the short draw hunter, the minimum draw length is 23 inches and it adjusts out to 30 inches in half inch increments.

It uses the parallel cam system designed to balance the string tracking to ensure there is no possibility of cam lean.

The lightweight cam system is paired with reduced cable splitter weight to reduce cable vibration.

With this powerful cam system combined with a brace height of 6”, this is a fast bow with a peak IBO rating of 340 fps.

A new innovation featured on the Nexus bows is a Nanogrip with Aerogel technology. This Aerogel creates an insulated barrier between the cold aluminum riser and the composite grip for a warmer, more comfortable grip no matter the temperature.

The bow has an MSRP of $999.00.

Prime Nexus 2 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

40-80 lbs

32"

4.4 lbs

6"

80%

341 fps

PSE Stinger Max

The Stinger Max uses the tried and trusted Stinger platform and this configuration remains part of the 2021 line-up. The bow still retains all of the features that has made it one of the most popular value for money hunting bows on the market.

It has a slightly redesigned profile with shorter limbs and a larger cam system. The SS cam system means that the bow is smoother to draw and offers up to 80% let off.

It now has a 7 inch brace height while still maintaining an IBO rating of 304-312 fps. The draw length range is 21.5” to 30” and is available with peak draw weights of 55 or 70 pounds.

PSE is also offering the Stinger MAX in two ready-to-shoot packages and a special S3DA (Scholastic 3-D Archery) model with a hard limb stop created with young target shooters in mind.

The bow is available in a range of finish choices from Mossy Oak Country, TrueTimber Strata, Black, Charcoal, Muddy Girl, Purple and White.

It has an MSRP of $499.00.

PSE Stinger Max Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

21.5 - 30"

55,70 lbs

30"

3.8 lbs

7"

80%

312 fps

PSE Bandit NXT

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

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.

The draw length ranges from 20.5 inches to 26 inches and the draw weight options are 40 or 50 lbs. The bow has an IBO rating of 307-299 fps.

It is available in a number of finishes such as Kuiu Verde, Mossy Oak Country, First Lite Fusion, RealTree Edge, Black, Tan.

It has an MSRP of $1099.99.

PSE 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 fps

There has been a significant increase in the number of good quality options for the short framed hunter.

Not only are there the usual entry-level compound bows that are a great introduction for the newcomer, the high speed hunting bows fitted with the latest technologies are emerging.

There is a hunting compound bow available for all standards of bow hunter in the selection displayed above.

You might also move back to the previous season’s range by checking out the short draw bows released for the 2020 season.


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