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Outdoor Life - - HUNTING - —T.H.

Par­al­lel limbs. Car­bon ca­ble guards with rollers. Short axle-to-axle length. Large cams. Sin­gle-cam sys­tems.

Pick up any com­pound bow made in the last decade from any man­u­fac­turer and you’ll find at least one of those tech­nolo­gies. That also means you’ll find some of Matt Mcpher­son’s in­flu­ence.

Mcpher­son, the founder of Mathews Inc., has changed bows and bowhunt­ing in a way that few be­sides Fred Bear him­self can claim. And it all started be­cause of his mom.

“My mom was afraid of guns. My dad wanted to go deer hunt­ing. So he went out and bought a bow,” Mcpher­son says. “I grew up in a very poor fam­ily. If I wanted some­thing, I had to make it. So I started mak­ing bows when I was 6, 7, 8 years old. I built my first com­pound around 1970. In 1985, I launched Mcpher­son Archery.”

Even­tu­ally he sold that com­pany. In 1992, he got back into the world of bow build­ing with the launch of Mathews Inc.

“I was driv­ing and had this idea about a new type of bow. I ran home and strung up a pro­to­type that would tell me the con­cept was at least vi­able. Af­ter a lit­tle mess­ing around I was con­vinced it would work.”

The idea? A bow made with a sin­gle cam on the bot­tom limb and a round idler wheel on top. The con­cept was sim­ple: Elim­i­nate all the has­sle of tim­ing cams and, per­haps more im­por­tant, cre­ate a bow with a rock-solid back wall.

“At the time, folks were taught to shoot in the val­ley,” Mcpher­son says. “That made no sense be­cause you can have slight vari­a­tions in speed de­pend­ing on where you re­lease. I knew it was more con­sis­tent to re­lease against a very solid wall. And as soon as we started to show the ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency that came from the solo-cam setup, and the lack of sync is­sues, that was it. Ev­ery­one had to have one.”

“I WAS DRIV­ING AND HAD AN IDEA ABOUT A new type of bow. I RAN HOME AND STRUNG UP A pro­to­type. ”

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