Target Archery: Genesis Bow Put To Test


Pull back the string. Take a breath. Aim, and now release the arrow to watch it fly.

I’m standing feet splayed in a field, a bow in hand. A target 50 feet away is thick with arrows, blue shafts and white feathers pinned among concentric rings.

It’s a Sunday night, and the public archery range is busy with bow hunters honing their craft for an upcoming season. My goal is the bullseye of a target and nothing more.

My instrument of choice, a compound unit made by Genesis Bow, shoots easy and dead straight. The brand, based in Sparta, Wis., is dedicated to archery as a sport and a skill, not a means to acquire meat.

Indeed, the first Genesis bow I ever saw was hot pink and miniature in size. The company carries three standard models and caters to beginners and youth. (Don’t worry, they come in black and a camouflage motif, too.)

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Genesis Bow in the hand

Launched in 2002, Genesis has grown with a spike in popularity around bows and arrows. Even before Katniss Everdeen and the “Hunger Games” phenomenon, a project called the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) engaged tens of thousands of kids around the country.

NASP now touts millions of kids over the past decade have participated in its after-school sessions, many joining the program and going on to train and compete. Genesis bows are a primary product for NASP members, and the company cites “hundreds of thousands” of bows sold.

What makes a Genesis bow unique is its single-cam design. It’s advertised as “the bow that fits everyone” because there is no set draw length. Pull back the string any amount — a few inches for a kid or a beginner, up to a full draw for an experienced adult — and the arrow flies straight and strong either way.

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Up close: Genesis single-cam design (below) holds multiple patents

Most bows are made to fit their shooter. You adjust draw length for your physiology and preference while aiming down-range. A unique cam configuration, for which Genesis has several patents, gives constant pressure throughout the entire draw with no let-off.

In the field during my first practice, though it’d been years, the technique to fire an arrow came back quickly to me. I’d watched an introductory video online for a refresher, and a bow-hunter friend met me to coach.

Within a couple quivers’ worth of arrows I was hitting near the center of the target on many shots. I backed up for more challenge and aimed the bow — the Genesis unit felt solid in the hand, not a toy, despite the hot-pink option, but not exactly a weapon either.

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Two sizes: Regular and Mini (at left)

My girl, age 8, shot a few arrows after me. She used the same bow as I did, the $169.99 Regular Genesis model, and she was able to pull the string back a few inches and fire.

She smirked at the first arrow, which coursed past the target into a backstop of grass. But by the third or fourth shot, from close range, she was hitting the target’s face.

Retrieving the arrows later my daughter was begging to shoot again. The sun was setting. “One more time?” she pleaded. I handed her the bow to carry and she hiked, smiling, back toward the firing line.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of


Quiver stocked for target archery session

Posted by Noel T - 11/12/2013 12:04 PM

I need one because I want to be like Katniss!

Posted by Robert C - 11/12/2013 12:09 PM

I would love to surprise my son with this bow, he has been asking for a bow going on 2 years now. He loves to shoot when we go to the range with a buddy, but I have yet to buy him one.

Posted by Dean Cofield - 11/12/2013 12:21 PM

For alternative means of hunting and self defense, in the event of a catastrophic collapse!

Posted by Ayla Maracle - 11/12/2013 12:21 PM

I would love to win this for my son who recently finished his archery class and fell in love.

Posted by Erick Sandoval - 11/12/2013 12:23 PM

This would be great for my daughter… she’s a hell of a shot with a bow, oh and Xmas is coming up so that’ll help with the shopping :P … easy peasy!

Posted by Brandon Faubel - 11/12/2013 12:24 PM

My girlfriend needs this because she’s been wanting to learn archery, and I think it’s a really good hobby/skill to learn. I’ve been looking around at bows but quality is expensive and a bit out of my budget. We need this! :D

Posted by Dan Human - 11/12/2013 12:28 PM

I have a few thousand friends that would greatly benefit from one of these Genesis bows. Some of my finest summers were spent teaching archery to Scouts of all ages at my hometown summer camp. Besides teaching discipline and patience, archery is quite a bit of fun too.
Unfortunately, just about a month ago thieves broke into the camp’s locked storage building and stole our bows. If you hook me up with a Genesis, I’ll donate it so that the Scouts can use it next summer and summers to come.

Posted by Andre - 11/12/2013 12:30 PM

My son has recently expressed interest in archery. I would love to have something to teach him with and get him started off on the right foot.

Posted by Dylan D - 11/12/2013 12:32 PM

My wife Sarah needs this. Now that we’ve finally caught up on Walking Dead, it’s clear that a bow is a much more badass weapon against zombies and my wife is a badass.

Posted by Hunter Severin - 11/12/2013 12:32 PM

It would be kick ass to win this for my dad. He has never been a weapon man, but he was pumped when I bought my first bow. We shot it for hours. It’d be nice to get him his own so we could do some target practice together.

Posted by Tim Lewallen - 11/12/2013 12:35 PM

I would like to be able to learn how to shoot as well as help my family learn.

Posted by Justin - 11/12/2013 12:39 PM

My girlfriends son loves to shoot archery. He stays after at school once a week and they shoot. He would love to have a nice bow & arrow set at home. Plus this would make a great Christmas gift for him.

Posted by Chad Ruzek - 11/12/2013 12:45 PM

My seven year old daughter started shooting youth NASP tournaments last year and absolutely loves archery. She is try to save the $200 to buy a Lost Camo left handed Genesis bow. This would make the perfect gift for my daughter! It is amazing watching how she has saved to make this purchase. Most kids want iPods or a DS. All she wants is a Genesis bow! Thanks for the consideration!

Posted by Mr Ed - 11/12/2013 12:45 PM

My son is 10, since he could walk he has been devising traps to catch a rabbit in the back yard. I’m sure a bow would take this to the next level (we have a little area near the woods so full of traps and gadgets that I only mow it once a year.) Only a complete psychopath would give a 10 year old a bow. This is your rorschach test, are you a phschopath?

Posted by James Buckhorn - 11/12/2013 12:46 PM

I run the Archery Range at Ransburg Scout Reservation, one of the biggest and top rated camps in the United States. I helped over 400 youth earn their archery merit badge this summer. I ran a firing line of 8 at a time: we have 12 Matthews Genesis, 2 of which are left handed. They have a variety of rests to accommodate the needs of both target and instinctive shooting styles. The Genesis was chosen because it can be used by all ages, I ran an Adult Shoot-Off each Monday night. The Boy Scout of America and Venturing shooting sports guidelines state that bows with a draweight of 21 lbs or greater may not be used. If given this bow, I will be able to offer the equipment, time, and instruction necessary to offer the Archery Merit Badge to the scouts in my Troop, Council, and District during the ‘off season’ that is, the 9 months out of the year when camp is not held. So this would not really be for me, it would be for the kids to complete the merit badge requirements, specifically 5: Option B, which includes shooting at a 5 colored NAA with a compound bow. This would truly be the gift that keeps on giving!

Posted by Ian Mangiardi - 11/12/2013 12:47 PM

The national sport of Bhutan is archery. This is their passion, and I’ve been traveling there for work lately. I get made fun of because I don’t know how to shoot! I need to step up my game and show those Bhutanese us American’s can shoot arrows too!

Posted by Rich - 11/12/2013 12:48 PM

I would really like one to get back into archery after 50 years away AND you never know when they will institute the “old guys” Hunger games. Gotta be ready!

Posted by Corey Charlick - 11/12/2013 12:49 PM

I took my wife to an archery range for a recent date. She had a great time shooting for her first time (32 years) and would love to make it a hobby.

Posted by Daniel - 11/12/2013 12:55 PM

I would love to own this amazing product for two reasons. One, I have some experience shooting a compound bow and wouldn’t “shoot my eye out.” Two, my wife is pregnant, and I would love the opportunity to use this on Valentine’s day and dress up as Cupid and visit her at work a month before she delivers.

Posted by Hyon J. Lee - 11/12/2013 12:56 PM

My family need the Genesis Bow because it will be the best way for us to start and learn archery. No, we’ve never shot bow and arrows before but we always thought it would be a great hobby for the whole family, and this is our chance. Thank you !

Posted by Bill Green - 11/12/2013 12:58 PM

I have 4 grandsons to teach archery to, this giveaway would give us a start on a lifetime of fun for them.

Posted by Greg Lucas - 11/12/2013 01:03 PM

I need to upgrade from my old slingshot. To have a quiver of arrows rather than rocks would be a big upgrade.

Posted by J.G. Sadler - 11/12/2013 01:05 PM

I have six nephews whom I’ve been teaching the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. We make a point of trying out new sports and hobbies and archery has been at the top of the list for some time now. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to teach them the skill, patience and perseverance it takes to become a good marksman.

Posted by jones - 11/12/2013 01:07 PM

Need this since archery is a great skill to learn and

Posted by Charles Swarts - 11/12/2013 01:11 PM

This would be for my wife who is one of the few people who enjoys nature and outdoor adventure as much as I do.
Two years ago we took a family trip of a lifetime to the Amazon in Brazil. In between the times we spent on our jungle treks, our local guides demonstrated their archery skills with their incredible, large, hand-made Brazilian hard wood hunting bows. They asked if we would like to shoot with them. I did ok and was pleased with how I shot, but our small group which included our daughter, was surprised, then thrilled as my wife hit bulls eye on three consecutive shots from about forty yards. with crazy jungle gear. Shooting targets in the Amazon

Needless to say I am as proud of her now as I was then, and nothing would prove that more then gifting her the means to enjoy something she is natural at, can enjoy with the family, and encourage my daughter to follow in her Mom’s footsteps!

Posted by Tom Rowe - 11/12/2013 01:14 PM

It might not be the zombie apocalypse, but I’m certain something is going to happen in the near future that brings about the fall of civilization. Take whichever flavor of post-apocalyptic storyline you wish, Water World or Postman (if you’re a Kevin Costner fan), Mad Max, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, 12 Monkeys, Book of Eli, heck… The Road if you’re also a literary type. In any of those scenarios, a bow and arrow could mean the difference between turning on a spit being cooked up as vittles for a marauding band of mutant bikers and living to see tomorrow. I already have a machete, a couple knives, ropes, matches, nunchucks, a book on tying knots (that’s good learning, apocalypse or not,) and a grappling hook. The archery set is the missing piece that will serve to keep me, my family and my dog safe in whichever world-ending device befalls us… but of course, I’m hoping for zombies.

Posted by Frankie - 11/12/2013 01:22 PM

This would be awesome to win. i need a bow to practice with! hard to find good ones in NYC.

Posted by Wawrzyniec Pawlowski - 11/12/2013 01:26 PM

I don’t want to be a Robin Hood, Katniss or Daryll Walking with the Dead (or Dad). I just want to use this strange blue thing to play with my two sons. Ok, not to play with them as a targets. Maybe we will have some shooting sessions and will spend some time together just with a bow and arrows.

Posted by Gabriel guardarramas - 11/12/2013 01:35 PM

I have to mention 1 thing Rambo, Noone made shooting a bow look quite as cool. All joking aside the reason I think I rREALLY NEED this is because I am no longer allowed a gun. About a year ago I was admitted for depression. Now there’s nothing sad about this cause today I’m healthy and active and try to make the best out of everyday that I have. I’ve come accustomed to the fact that I can’t hunt with a firearm for 10 years so I’ve looked so deeply into archery as my go to. Sportman channel gets me so pumped like full draw adventures makes me want to get out there like Noone can believe. But finally of course there’s my girl who I want to surprise with a hunting trip to Virginia in January for our anniversary. I already have a guide in mind but I know if I showed up with this beauty everyone would be impressed, and you can bet your buns that it’s gonna be tested pretty throughly too.

Posted by Bob Flanagan - 11/12/2013 01:40 PM

I spent hours and hours planting a wonderful fall garden. A herd of deer came and ate up all my beets and turnip greens. This summer they took out my beans. I need my green leafy vegetables. If I had one of these bows I could have some meat to go along with my veggies.

Posted by Taylor deLisle - 11/12/2013 02:01 PM

I would love to put a Turkey on the table this Thanksgiving with this bow!

Posted by Todd Volante - 11/12/2013 02:03 PM

I recently had the opportunity to have my son and daughter try archery out, and they are both hooked! I was the same way at their age, and want them to be able to embrace a sport they are passionate about and we can do as a family! This beautiful set would definitely ensure that!

Posted by James Moreau - 11/12/2013 02:12 PM

I have a friend who is an amazing hunter and gets a mule deer pretty much every time he goes out and he said he’d take me hunting… only problem is that he ONLY bow hunts. So I really need to get good enough to go out and knock a deer down and I know the only way that’s gonna happen is with practice. This bow would be PERFECT for that!

Posted by Charles Myers - 11/12/2013 02:13 PM

This would be a great activity and learning experience foro me and my autistic grandson. It would help to draw him out and learn a new skill.

Posted by Lance - 11/12/2013 02:14 PM

The bow would be for my daughters, Elena and Julia (14, 12). I introduced them to archery this summer when we were visiting family in Nevada and they both chose archery over guns. I think archery shows more dedication and commitment to the sport which can also translate into dedication and commitment to anything they do in life.

Posted by Brian Wood - 11/12/2013 02:22 PM

I’m wondering if this bow can be used left-handed. It is so hard to find lefty bows, and I really want to learn archery. Of course, with an adjustable draw strength, I may be able to learn to shoot the other way? I don’t know how hard that would be, but I would be up for the challenge.

Posted by Devan Jones - 11/12/2013 02:26 PM

Why I Need this Bow
I need this bow for a variety of reasons, although I believe a few may be unique to me on this list.

I first took an archery lesson when I was about 16 (I am currently 20 years old) and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have shot bows a few times since then because I have a couple friends who bow hunt. Ever since that first lesson, I have been looking for a way to get into archery.

As has been mentioned quality bows are expensive and I can’t justify spending that much money because I am currently paying for my education. I am a senior at the University of Washington and, with some help from grants, I am still debt free although my savings are all but exhausted. I have been unable to find a bow I consider good enough at a good enough price to spend the money on it.

When I read your article about the Genesis I began searching for where to buy one. My only local retailer sells them for 220 dollars though and I just don’t have that kind of money laying around. It would be fantastic to be able to win this bow so that I can have an outdoor hobby that I would love to pursue without breaking the bank.

I don’t have much opportunity to be able to get outdoors with a hobby like this because I can’t justify the initial expenditure. I still go hiking and exploring when I can, but I always find myself looking at the bows in every sporting goods store wondering if this cheap bow will be good enough or maybe this advanced youth bow will work, etc. The Genesis sounds perfect to me because it’s a quality product at a pretty good price that I can use for awhile and grow with instead of potentially outgrowing it quickly.

Finally, I want to win this bow because I want to be the very best like no one ever was.

Thanks for your consideration!

Posted by Chris Russell - 11/12/2013 02:31 PM

Having just moved to Chicago, I was not able to bring my firearms and have been unable to do any sort of shooting/hunting etc. If I picked up one of these bows, I could get my fix for target shooting and be able to venture out of the city to hunt once and a while too, even if the bow is bright blue. I guess It could help me from being shot myself…do they come in bright green or yellow?

Posted by Amanda McCoy - 11/12/2013 03:30 PM

I NEED the Genesis kit for my soon-to-be outdoor adventure in Alaska. My husband is active duty military and we are getting ready to PCS to a base located in Anchorage, AK. I would LOVE to own my own bow. My husband has one and is always out shooting. Of course I can’t shoot his since I don’t have them manly muscles. So instead I always have to sit back and watch. I would love to win this bow and show him what I can do! Plus, what’s funner then shooting a bow outdoors in Alaska?! It’s a sport that I have already fallen in love with, yet I have never even owned my own!

Posted by Jim Arrow - 11/12/2013 03:33 PM

My family needs a bow and arrow kit because my last name is ‘Arrow’

Posted by louis - 11/12/2013 03:41 PM

I need the genesis bow as both me and my Dad have bows and my brother is left out.It would be great to get him into the sport of archery and this seems like a great starter bow for him.
Thanks for reading.

Posted by Carter Henry - 11/12/2013 04:14 PM

I know next to nothing about bows and arrows. My sole archery experience was on my 11th birthday, where my gift was a bow and arrow from a local hardware store. It was difficult and frustrating. Then, the second time we took it out, my father accidentally broke the bow while trying to string it. The agreed solution was to buy a toy truck instead.

33 years later, this June, my son expressed an interest in archery, when we passed a display in a local store. Recalling my experience in my youth, I was hesitant to make a compulsive purchase. We looked at several options on the web, but did not come upon what your review brought to our attention: a single-cam, variable draw-length, durable, nationally known and used Genesis bow, that is designed for everyone to use accurately. I viewed the linked video and later showed it to my wife, who was equally impressed by the apparent ease of use.

As for need, our unfinished basement has loads of large cardboard (thus far used for fort building) from a neighbor’s recent window-replacing job, so we can build a padded wall suitable for all kinds of mis-firing arrows. We need this to build the skills of the entire family, and to avoid my son’s often repeated request for a guinea pig. We need this to introduce our family to archery, responsible use of weapons, and to lead to outdoor adventures we have not experienced before.

Posted by Michael Gray - 11/12/2013 04:26 PM

Dear GearJunkie,

Your decision to give away a bow and arrow could not have come at a better time. Some of my neighbors have had squirrel infestation problems in their attics and homes recently. If the squirrels see me practicing in the backyard with a bow and arrow, I think it might keep them at bay for a little while until I can devise a better plan to keep them away. The squirrels are probably assembling their army as we speak, so please don’t delay. I could also possibly use a flamethrower, a battle axe, a squirrel-eating lion (with trainer), or a team of highly trained ninjas. If you have access to or are having contests for any of these in the near future, please let me know. Thanks!

Posted by chris - 11/12/2013 04:27 PM

I just took my first lesson and could really get into this awesome giveaway! I was told i am a natural?!

Posted by christy tom - 11/12/2013 05:04 PM

I need a bow for my son . He is in the 8th grade & trying to make the school archery team & the only time he gets to practice is at the school practice sessions since he doesn’t have his own bow. My son would be so excied it he had his own bow.

Posted by Bri Sturos - 11/12/2013 05:32 PM

I have every intention of learning to shoot a bow and then teaching my wife. Together we will then teach my daughter. So this bow would certainly be a step in the direction. Thanks for doing the give-away!

Posted by Jim Gray - 11/12/2013 06:11 PM

I am an adult Boy Scout leader and also a Venture Crew Leader…I am a level 1 USA Archery Instructor. The youth in both scouting programs want to work on their badges in archery here locally at our scout hut. We do not have the funds to purchase all the equipment needed to start an archery program, so we really really really need any contributions of bows, arrows, targets or accessories. This is all for the youth who have the heart to learn archery but dont have the means to make this happen. I would love to start a program and try and grow this for the local youth in our area. So I am asking for them…please select us for any help you can give us. It would be greatly appreciated and used all the time to promote the sport of archery to the youth.

Posted by Rebecca - 11/12/2013 06:37 PM

My son shot his first bow at a Cub Scout event this past spring. After that first arrow hit the target he turned to daddy and said “That was AWESOME! I’m going to ask Santa for a bow and arrow!!!” He was hooked from that first shot. Well this is all he talks about. He wants one so bad he can taste it. He tells everyone that he is asking for a set for Christmas. He has had a few other achery experiences and his face lights up every time he sees the bow. The Genesis Original is the ow he uses with Cub Scouts. Winning this set would be his dream come true. As a family we have had some great experiences while learning archery together. Please pick us. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted by Nick - 11/12/2013 06:58 PM

I would love to have this bow so I can re-kindle a practice of patience, deliberation and skill and have the equipment to teach my children the value of such a practice. In a world of automation, this would help tune in to our minds, bodies, and all the things surrounding us as each of these things play a key role in the development of a skilled archer and mindful human.

Posted by Kasey Burks - 11/12/2013 08:26 PM

My 10 year old daughter is in the NASP program at school using a genesis competition bow. She is now wanting to start bow fishing and asked for another bow for Christmas so she doesn’t damage the competition bow.

Posted by Conrado Geronimo Jr. - 11/12/2013 09:22 PM

I’m in need of the Genesis kit for my next outdoor adventure with my dad and siblings because we are going Turkey hunting for our Thanksgiving dinner and I’d like to switch it up a little by using a more primitive hunting tool.

Hunting turkey has been a tradition in my family since I was a little kid. We have a large family (I have 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 10 nephews and nieces, 2 uncles and their wives, 2 aunts and their husbands, 8 cousins, our 3 dogs, family friends, and my parents)so we bring back about four to five turkeys.

Winning this Genesis kit will also be a good way to bond with my family because we will be learning a new skill. It’s also a good conversation starter for Thanksgiving day because I can boast about winning this amazing bow and arrow.

Thank you for your consideration.

Posted by Suzie Kamp - 11/12/2013 10:01 PM

Last year one of my daughters joined her middle school’s archery club. They took 5 “teams” to regionals and only one team qualified for the KY State NASP tournament, she was moved up to fill that team. that group of students took it all the way to the world tournament in St. Louis this year. We were so proud of them! And such an awesome experience for her to be part of such a big group of people with the same interests.

That daughter has a bow of her own, now my other 2 daughters have decided to get involved in the NASP tournaments. And I still have a son who’s elementary school doesn’t have a team but seems to be interested in it as well.

We could definitely use another Genesis bow, sharing 1 amongst 4 kids is getting complicated. :)

The NASP program is awesome! I’m really glad that our middle and high school here has it.

Posted by Kevin Brown - 11/12/2013 10:45 PM

I could use this bow! Been wanting one so bad. Priorities keep pushing me away from getting one.

Posted by Chadwick - 11/12/2013 10:54 PM

I could use the bow with arrows to uphold justice and support the God loving Second Amendment. Who in the right mind would want to be shot with practice tips just for a few measly dollars while my family is road tripping to various wilderness locations? I mean you see this sitting on the bow rack in the back of a chick magnet Ford Taurus windshield, you’re going to think twice before holding THAT family up. Upholding my rights as an American citizen aside, if you want someone to use this only a few times producing poor performance and then hang it on the wall to impress his ugly girlfriend as they watch The Hunger Games on repeat disappointing each other again and again on the couch then keep scrolling. But if you want a real man to take hold of the grip and let fly arrows of war on boredom and apathy then look no further. My father taught my sister and I to shoot while we were young nearly into adulthood, and I likewise will pass on this great tradition to my three little red-blooded offspring. A tool is only as good as the man and progeny that wield them. Vote for me and I will make my family proud as well as the Genesis bow making company.

Posted by Michael Vandiver - 11/12/2013 11:10 PM

My son has watched his sister compete in the NASP program and has gotten really interested. Of course he is opposite eye dominant and it wears on the bow to constantly have to change the draw strength on it as we are checking out Alabama’s new Community Archery ranges and finding geocaches while we are at it. Two things that are great fun for my family. A bow for my son would make him feel like the big kid and allow him to continue to practice with a bow set for his draw strength. Plus he would like to not have to shoot with a pink bow all the time.

Posted by Chad Januskiewicz - 11/12/2013 11:14 PM

I NEED to win because I want to see my 10 year old “hiking back, smiling, back toward the firing line too!” :)

Posted by Alex Rawlins - 11/13/2013 12:12 AM

My wife has been looking at archery classes and making an archer costume for next year, so it would be great to get her a new bow.

Posted by Dennis - 11/13/2013 01:27 AM

My son Johnathon and I could use both the youth and adult bow to start a new hobby by together. I believe I am a good candidate to win because I cannot afford to go out and buy one with my income.

Thank You,


Posted by Daniel The Captain - 11/13/2013 04:11 AM

My son needs this bow set! I love my longbow and I try to teach my son, old school is still the best school. He doesn’t have the arm strength for a longbow but this should be right up his alley. Modern tools & guns are fine but a bow never jams.

Posted by Dylan Kunkel - 11/13/2013 09:00 AM

Bow and arrows are quiet. Noise attracts the zombies. Help me survive.

Posted by Bo Spencer - 11/13/2013 12:37 PM

I have soon to be 7 year old twins that have watched their older brother shoot his Genesis in NASP for years, we will be needing another kit this year to continue that tradition!

Posted by Joshua MItchell - 11/13/2013 12:43 PM

Why do I need this? This summer at Cub Scout Day camp, my son discovered a natural talent for Archery (even though he’s left handed, shoots right handed and has a wavering eye dominance). Anyhow, the little dude absolutely loves archery and would go absolutely gaga over a “real” bow of his own.

Posted by Leanna George - 11/13/2013 12:51 PM

Why do I need this bow? Because I’m an archery instructor without my own equipment. I need this bow to better my own skill so when I’m at the range with my scouts I can be a better instructor for them. Also, my son would love to use this when I’m not.

Posted by William Ruhl - 11/13/2013 01:29 PM

It would fun to spend time with my nieces witht his kit…

Posted by Frank Dean - 11/13/2013 01:49 PM

Sons are 12 and 14 archery is a great way to teach focus and get them outdoors Love to give them this to learn

Posted by Andrea - 11/13/2013 03:41 PM

I NEED it cause this town needs a few arrows of true justice (LOL)

Posted by Kris Barth - 11/13/2013 08:46 PM

I’ve got four great kids. Two boys and two girls. They all love the outdoors and this year they got the chance to shoot a bow. The girls liked it so much that they asked if they could compete in some local competitions for kids. I’m one of those Dad’s that will do what I have to, to keep my kids active. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to by any gear. I’ve been blessed to have a job, but it’s tight as far as spending goes. There’s probably a lot of families having harder times then me, but I got to try anyhow. Thanks for your time. God bless!

Posted by Ashley Smith - 11/13/2013 10:24 PM

I need one so I can train for the zombie apocalypse.

Posted by Kevin Herndon - 11/13/2013 10:28 PM

I would like to introduce my nieces & nephews to the sport and would like to teach them a disciplined sport. Archery is one that takes time to develop, with a few hours of practice instead of playing video games they can be “outdoors” more often.

Posted by christopher sorel - 11/13/2013 10:29 PM

I need this for my little bear cubscout as he loves archery when we went to camp. This would help me teach him and the rest in the den

Posted by nic virden - 11/13/2013 10:31 PM

I need this bow because as a boy scout leader and father of two scouts who are very into archery this bow would really go along way to keeping my boy interested and help me get other boys interested in the sport

Posted by Dan Fischelli - 11/13/2013 10:36 PM

I’ve never owned a bow & arrow. This past summer I worked as an Outdoor Educator with the YMCA and learned the basics of archery. Mix that with the Hunger Games and all I can think of is owning a flaming cape and a sweet bow. I’m working on the cape but I’m missing the bow. Hook it up!

Posted by Zach Wist - 11/13/2013 10:46 PM

I will need this to show my son how to keep Zombies at bay during the great Zombie Apocalypse.

Posted by Will McDade - 11/13/2013 10:55 PM

My wife has been begging me for a bow for ages. Given that we are broke college students, it has not REALLY been in the budget. This would great for her, as she is incredibly scary shot with just about anything. She shot self bows when she was a kid in summer camp, and was a member of the “Bullseye Club”, I think this would be great present for her, (and a little fun for me :D).

Posted by Donald Rowell - 11/13/2013 11:15 PM

I bought a bow for my son a few years ago so he could enjoy more of the outdoors. He enjoyed it so much he talked me into getting a bow and now we shoot together. Mow I would like my 12 year old daughter to join us in the fun and experience. I know she would like the pink one.She shoots one when I can get her to go to Average Joe’s archery with us.

Posted by Jim Wilson - 11/13/2013 11:20 PM

Since we moved to Texas back in 2001, I have missed many opportunities to go hunting with friends. As my kids were young, I made the choice to not keep any weapons in the house. As my oldest now goes to college and youngest is 12, having an awesome bow like this would allow me to teach the youngest how to shoot and hunt, and how to appreciate the outdoors the way my dad taught me.

Posted by Austin Walker - 11/13/2013 11:33 PM

I just recently purchased a compound bow from the 70’s and refurbished it for my gf only to realize the draw was just too much for her to be comfortable, having something to teach her on that she could actually draw and become accurate with would be amazing and make her day I’m most certain. Archery is fun and addictive and I would love to share this passion with her!

Posted by David Edwards - 11/13/2013 11:47 PM

I have been into archery since I was a child and I am trying to get my kids started into it this year. They are 14 and 8 and both are interested in learning.

Posted by marina greyeyes - 11/14/2013 12:22 AM

I have 4 sons and 2 daughters that want to learn how to hunt using a bow. My husband’s family hunt for their food every winter and have had a few mishaps over the years with hunting, one of my brother in laws shot the side of his truck last year, and another one was chased by a deer. All he had with him was a knife. I want my children to be able to join in the fun.

Posted by Renee Cartwright - 11/14/2013 12:27 AM

I need this bow! I have been interested in archery for a long time and have never had a bow. I’ve been looking for one that would work well for a woman. I need a new skill and a new hobby. I have a plan to live simply and build a house out of reusable materials (an earthship) or a tiny house and be as self-sustaining as possible. I would love to be able to learn to hunt with a bow. Not only do I think that I would use this bow everyday, but it will look great hanging over my future rocket stove! After I learn to use it, I will encourage others to learn and maybe it could become a tradition in my family! Thank you for opportunity to win this beautiful Genesis bow and arrow kit!

Posted by Tim Rice - 11/14/2013 02:16 AM

I need this like I need a trip to Kassai Lajos Horseback Archery School in Hungary! A while back I had dreams of doing horseback archery, Even bought a Hungarian style Horn bow, shooting wooden arrows with real string tied feathers. So maybe the Horse thing didn’t happen, neither did the thumb pull long draw. I still have fun showing up at the archery range with it, and it gets a lot of attention. However It would be nice to quietly just shoot he target in peace, with a real bow. From The Gear Junkie and also Genesis Archery – Brennan Industries, Inc.
Maybe a part of me still wants to do the Society of Anachronism combat archery thing in full medieval armor shooting fiberglass blunted arrows… No! I’ll stick with target archery. :)

Posted by Savica Vijatov - 11/14/2013 06:13 AM

I need Genesis bow because I want to move out of my parents cave and find one of my own to prepare it for my woman, but in order to attract a good woman I must be able to hunt properly…

Posted by Dražen zelić - 11/14/2013 07:10 AM

My favourite movie character is Legolas (LOTR) so i have coloured my hair, sharpen my ears and only the bow is missing to complete my act of life.
LOL, i was just kidding…the real reason why i need that bow is to break the shadow which cover a view to my sexy neighbour. Her husband already broke my previous bows so i need another one.

Posted by Elaine Pittman - 11/14/2013 10:50 AM

My daughter is involved with the NASP program. She really enjoys being a part of this activity. She could use her very one bow. We think that the NASP program is awesome.

Posted by Jeffrey - 11/14/2013 10:51 AM

I was the tender and informative age of 7. Tim, my brother, and I were the biggest fans of anything Robin Hood. The Disney animated film, the classic Errol Flynn movie, Robin Hood: Men in Tights… we were hooked. Anything green, anything woods, anything archery we adored. Being the curious and innovative children we were, my brother and I were inspired to mimic that which we loved. This took the form of going out to our local woods, chopping down small saplings and crafting our own homemade bows and homemade arrows.

Artisans? You could call us that. We preferred “adventurers.”

We became very, very good at creating these handmade bows and arrows. So good, in fact, that we made our own targets and held competitions. Yet, as any good story goes, the fun and magic did not last forever.

One chilly fall evening, our father had just returned from a long day of installing electrical equipment at the downtown bank. Our father, exhausted from a tremendously long week on the job, just wanted to have a nice family dinner. He came home and called to my brother and me to come inside. Dinner was ready…

…not knowing that, at the same moment of his yelling, my brother had just pulled his bow back and was ready to fire. Being startled by our father’s call, my brother launched his arrow into the atmosphere. The arrow flew in the air with grace and effortlessness unseen by any of our previous arrows… Unfortunately, the arrow’s downward trajectory was headed straight for my father’s balding spot.


My brother and I learned two very valuable lessons that day:
1. It was a darn good thing that we made the end of our arrows very blunt.
2. The human skull is incredibly resistant to high velocity impacts from small, very blunt objects.

Shortly thereafter, our father banned us from creating, using or coming near anything Robin Hood-esque, especially bows and arrows.

Travel 20+ some odd years into the future. I am 29 now. I have traveled the world, been educated at higher institutions of learning and rubbed elbows with some amazing individuals. Yet, none of these experiences have fulfilled me. Since age 7, there has been a small hole in my spirit… the size of a blunt, homemade arrow.

Knowing this, for my 29th birthday, I and a large posse (Merry Men and Merry Women, if you will), got on our bikes and cycled 20+ miles to Panola Mountain to their archery range. As I loaded the bow for my first shot, memories of childhood flooded back. Warmth. Elation. Curiosity. All surfaced. I was a child again. It was such a wonderful experience that Georgia Wildlife Resources Division even did a post on us (

As I and my Merry People cycled the 20+ miles home to Atlanta, I had this smile on my face that would not go away. I was glowing. I was a child again. The blunt, homemade arrow sized hole in my heart was gone.

So. Why do I need this bow? Why do I want this bow?

I want this bow so that I can take others on the journey with me… show them what it means to be curious, excited, imaginative… Show them how to be a child. Again.

Posted by Steve Hoffman - 11/14/2013 04:43 PM

I have 5 of my 6 kids, 2yr old still too small, started in archery with 1 Genesis, but need to get more of them to personalize with sights and rests. Wife wants one too.

Posted by Marc - 11/14/2013 07:41 PM

I’d like to get this because my wife actually just mentioned that she would like to try archery. I think more than likely because it’s a cool skill and the fact that she is a real big Daryl fan from The Walking Dead. But you have to admit, bow and arrow is pretty bad ass.

Posted by Caroline Gee - 11/15/2013 02:17 PM

My younger daughter Claire (age 13) is curently lusting after one of these! (Her older sister has a hot pink Genesis bow.) Claire just started archery with our 4H shooting club and is using the loaner bows from 4H. She desperately needs one to practice her archery at home. Sibling rivalry kind of kills the whole sharing a bow experience, and as young teen girls, I think its important for my girls to be able to participate in this sport to build confidence and competitive sportsmanship. As a single parent home, winning a bow outfit would be a godsend.

Posted by Sherrei McCardle - 11/15/2013 02:38 PM

I am 4h archery instructor. My kids are all grown but i continue to coach…..i would love to help a child that can not afford it. with a new bow set.. We have a lot of kids in the community that can not afford things and i do my best to help the ones less fortunate

Posted by Chad - 11/15/2013 11:26 PM

I’d like for my stepson to have he is 10 he just started the school program he really wants one I can’t afford due I’m under doctor care my wife goes to school and works we live from pay check to paycheck it would mean the world to me to see his eyes light up to have his very own he is a good kid

Posted by Aaron - 11/17/2013 09:14 PM

My wife recently took up photography as a hobby. She’s always looking for new and interesting subjects to shoot. Unfortunately, she does not seem to think I qualify as one. What can I say? There are only so many ways one can crack open a beer while lying on the couch. A few days ago, we were unexpectedly entertained by Stallone’s classic performance in the beloved 80’s masterpiece Rambo. I am embarrassed to admit that I caught her eyes lingering a little too long on his flexed, glistening muscles as he shot his bow in the wild. And so I thought to myself, there it is! This is what I need to do in order to catch the attention of her lens.

A little more bow…a little less beer.
A little more nature…a little less couch.

Posted by Southpaw Shooter - 11/18/2013 05:17 PM

Just today, our homeschool group began the process of formally beginning an archery program. Because we are a homeschool program, we do not qualify for NASP grants to help get our archery team up and running. Although we have 13 children signed up, gifting us with just one bow will allow each child the opportunity to shoot in turns. We appreciate your consideration.

Posted by Chris Hastings - 11/19/2013 10:29 AM

Last Christmas I picked up a ‘Menards’ special bow for $35 for my 6 yo son. He loves to shoot it. Honestly, it is a safety hazard. Arrows literally bounce off targets from time to time. This bow would allow him to shoot safely and eventually even hunt with the Genesis bow.

Posted by Ryan H - 11/19/2013 12:59 PM

We NEED one of these to restore peace and order to our family! I have had a bow for a couple of years, now and have not shot it much until recently. I had to give my recurve to my wife when I got my compound to get her to sign off on it. Now, my two girls want to get in on the fun. I would love to give them one of these in pink. Please, please, please. Pretty please. I’m out numbered 3-1. hahahha.

Posted by amy williams - 11/19/2013 01:01 PM

I took archery in college and would love to get back in to it.

Posted by Devin - 11/19/2013 01:49 PM

As a female, it can be intimidating to enter a male dominate sport. I would love the opportunity to get started without feeling like I have nothing. Having grown up in a hunting family, but only being introduced to a bow two years ago, I felt the instant rush/challenge. It intrigued me. Ever since I’ve been more than curious and would love to own my own bow. I’m so thankful for my friends and that they don’t mind sharing, but I’d love to stop inconveniencing them and shoot on my own time. But where to start? I feel if I were to win this bow it would give me the confidence to walk into a bow shop and learn on my very “own bow”!! Join tournaments and leagues with confidence and the willingness to learn my own equipment. I feel this would be a great start and more than an amazing opportunity. I would love to accomplish this passion on my own and get started with my own heart in mind. Thanks Gear Junkie for the opportunity…this is so awesome!! You will have 5 very happy fellow junkies, I’m sure!! :)

Posted by Jed Duffield - 11/19/2013 01:54 PM

Can’t wait to try this bow out! I used to enjoy recurve and compound archery as a fun relaxing summer activity!

Posted by Collin Hamman - 11/19/2013 02:01 PM

I need this here bow and arrow set to feed my commune on rich in protein squirrels ‘n’ such all winter. Plus I promised Jebadiah I would make him some rabbit trousers.

Posted by Micah Durham - 11/19/2013 02:15 PM

The better questions is why do I not need a freakin’ bow and arrow?! Oh, you know… Nothing. There is no good reason to not have that thing. Winner winner chicken dinner, I want that bow like Master Splinter.

(I know Master Splinter was not an archer, but it rhymed and TMNT is awesome.)

Posted by Linda Bragg - 11/19/2013 02:59 PM

I would love to win this for my husband, he loves to teacher our daughter new things and I know he would enjoy teaching her and I how to use a bow.

Posted by Kathleen Sullivan - 11/19/2013 03:02 PM

Would really love to win this for my little nephew. He’s 8yrs old. He is overshadowed by his older his brother who plays sports. He wanted to play sports but was told “too expensive”. This would give the little guy something of his own. All he does is plays games on the internet. His uncle hunts with a bow & would be glad to help as he has two daughters. Occasionally free archery classes are offered and if he had his own bow there would be no excuses for him to participate. Also help to give his family incentive to let him join the Boy Scouts. He loves to be involved and doing different activities. He just has not had a chance to do.

Posted by Lloyd Dalton - 11/19/2013 03:44 PM

Looks like a nice starter set up for the grand kids……

Posted by Jon Lynch - 11/19/2013 04:06 PM

I need one of these kits so i can go deer hunting ! I would LOVE to bag my first deer with one of these and tell everyone that it was your bow that did it.

Posted by Val Kowalewich - 11/19/2013 04:31 PM

>>>——> I >>>——> Like >>>——> To >>>——> Kill >>>——> ZOMBIES! <——<<<

Posted by Kyle Heckenmueller - 11/19/2013 04:41 PM

Ive always liked doing things outdoors. I play paintball, bmx, and fish occasionally. Even so, I often find myself stuck inside due to things not being nearby. I do however, have family nearby with plenty of land available. My first and only taste of shooting a bow came at summer camps. It was something I really enjoyed but never had the time, space, or money to do. Now I have two of the 3 and this would give me the one I’m missing. This would be a great way for me to get outdoors by myself or with my wife to relax and enjoy a fun and challenging sport.

Posted by Bjorn Christianson - 11/19/2013 06:07 PM

The Twin Cities’ cycling community needs me to win this so that I can host the first ever alleycat-archery biathlon!

Posted by Kaelan Hedstrom - 11/19/2013 08:21 PM

I’ve been practicing archery since I was 7 (I’m 19 so 12 years total)and am in desperate need of a new bow. I have outgrown my oldest one and my most recent which was passed down to me by my father has unfortunely worn out and is in no condition to be shot. I am suffering from serious archery withdrawl!

Posted by Todd Cole - 11/19/2013 10:58 PM

I work at a faciltiy called basecamp. Here we try to get youth to challenge themselves by setting pesonal challenges. one of the biggest programs we run is the archery program. Our range uses these bows and I know how great they are. I have always wanted one to use at work and to demonstrate to the youth how it works. Something set to my standards. So I ask for it because I know it would help benefit my program and bring a smile to my face and all those who use it.

Posted by Stephen Hansen - 11/20/2013 05:42 PM

I am in the midst of starting an outdoor ministry and While I am in the midst of seeking funds to get the program starting I I would love to have a bow for my program. I know it would be a great start to a good ministry.

Posted by Eric Whang - 11/20/2013 05:44 PM

I need this bow because I’m defending King’s Landing from Stannis Baratheon’s army this Christmas.

But in all seriousness, I’ve always wanted to take up archery. My grandfather was an archery champion in Japan and I want to make him proud by being able to shoot with him side by side. He’s been an inspiration to me all my life.

Posted by Shawn Martin - 11/20/2013 05:52 PM

My son’s (and my) bows were lost in a flood from hurricane Sandy and I haven’t been able to afford to replace it.

Posted by Arthur - 11/20/2013 05:53 PM

Nice color!

Posted by Kelly S. Siner - 11/20/2013 05:57 PM

I broke my back at work back in July and cant draw a bow or do much of anything anymore. Shooting any kind of gun is out of the question for now as well. My oldest son is five years old and coming around to the age that I started really learning the ropes of weapon handling. This little bow seems perfect to get the use of my back muscles going while being lightweight enough for my boy to pull with little to no help. Sounds like a good opportunity since workers comp barely helps and it would be cool to have something to do with the kids besides play video games.

Posted by Andrew Moreno - 11/20/2013 06:34 PM

It would be a nice accompany piece to my AR-15 project for when the zombie apocalypse comes. Lol Jk it would be a nice hunting tool for my girlfriends dad and myself to go out and hunt some deer. Nothing says bonding like bringing home deer steaks. Lol

Posted by izalarif - 11/20/2013 08:25 PM

In the past we rely on survival skills (archery) to adapt to the harsh environment known to man, possibly in the future, history will repeat itself, that is why i need the Genesis bow to survive the uncertain future that lies ahead…

Posted by Eric Metz - 11/20/2013 08:25 PM

I am a first time and failed to shoot a deer during modern gun season this year. Without a bow, I will have to wait until next year for my shot (pun intended) at a deer.

“The Paradox of Sustenance: For an organism’s life to be continued; another organism’s life has to be discontinued.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Posted by Michelle Allgood - 11/20/2013 10:47 PM

We have 6 kiddos and are an outdoors family. We take our kids backpacking and camp every chance we get. We would love to eventually introduce our children to hunting as well as teaching them a skill that can benefit their lives in many ways.

Posted by Craig C - 11/20/2013 11:29 PM

as someone who loves to cook farm to table, i would absolutely love to learn to bow hunt and this would be the perfect bow to learn on!

Posted by Cameron - 11/21/2013 09:41 PM

I’ve never went hunting or done Archery, but I’d like to try it.

I have no reason to need it, but I want to try some new activities outside of the world instead of playing Deer Hunter or something.

If I win, then make sure to tell Rick (Works at Matthews Bow) good job for showing me this contest and the bows in the first place.

Posted by The Arrow - 11/22/2013 09:31 AM

All the people in Glades and Starling City are counting on me and on my arrows. Let your bow be the one, which i will use to stop Merlin, again.

Posted by Lindsey P - 11/22/2013 02:32 PM

My oldest son already has one, and my youngest keeps hinting how much he wants to learn archery and shoot like is older brother.

Posted by John Sanchez - 11/22/2013 06:54 PM

My daughters have been going to the local archery range with me.Both girls have a big interest in archery.My youngest is using a youth bow. My oldest uses one that is loaned to us by the range.She does need one that is all her own.

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