The PSE Kingfisher is somewhat different from your typical bow in that it is designed to be a fishing bow as much as it is a normal, overground hunting and sports bow. Incorporating one or two features not typically found upon your usual bow, the PSE Kingfisher is a more than capable fishing bow with features that will keep traditional archers interested including the KE the frame can generate, as well as the attractive finish and easy assembly. To learn all the advantages of this bow, continue reading this PSE Kingfisher review.
ASSEMBLY OUT OF THE BOX
The PSE Kingfisher is primarily a bow designed for fishing, meaning that as soon as you lay a hand upon its frame you will notice it is considerably heavier than other bows of a similar size. It weighs in at some 5lbs, which may not sound like a great weight but it is this feature alone that can make it incredibly impractical for deer hunting as it is not particularly manoeuvrable in tight spaces either.
This being said, the assembly process is incredibly straightforward. You attach the limbs to the riser and a bow stringer is required to attach the string itself, which may be an issue if you do not have one at hand.
THE LIMBS, GRIP AND RISER
Once assembled, the PSE Kingfisher has an incredibly attractive woodland finish and the reflex nature of the bow also gives it a sleak appearance. The limbs themselves do not feel especially substantial and this is a common complaint amongst users. Whilst less power is required to hunt fish on average, the unit does feel a little too supple.
This being said, there is no twist in the frame of the bow and once fired, it is a smooth and generally easy process that is facilitated by the forgiving nature of the limbs themselves. The material the limbs and riser is constructed from is fibreglass and it is more than satisfactory in most circumstances.
The grip for the PSE Kingfisher is somewhat lacking. Of course, this is an area of pure personal preference but the grip is narrow and not comfortable upon the hand. This can be fixed with padding, but for people with larger hands this will be an issue.
POWER AND ACCURACY
The PSE Kingfisher is currently only available in right hand draw, which is far from ideal from a usability stand point but in other areas it fares much better. The three draw weights are 40lbs, 45 lbs or 50lbs although in reality the 50lbs should be the only draw weight you should use for hunting. Lesser draw weights suffer from a lack of penetration of the target, and when one considers the target is not too robust fish, this is not the best of accolades to have. When hunting on ground, the 50lbs draw weight is more than suitable for hunting most small game and small mammals, although going larger than a deer in terms of target may cause you to run into issues.
The accuracy of the bow is top notch however. For a bow not specifically designed for hunting half inch groupings of continual fire can be achieved some 30 yards out, which will cover most distances in the water and even at 50 yards plus, the grouping is usually no larger than 1 inch in terms of size.
ARROWS AND STRING TO USE
The PSE Kingfisher comes with just one 31” fishing arrow. It is however incredibly robust and has good piercing properties, although in reality any arrow of a similar length will more than suffice with this bow.
The string that comes with the bow is a B500 Dacron manufactured one and is generally satisfactory, although the bow is designed for FastFlight strings for the very best performance. This is obvious when one actually fires the bow and discovers that it is incredibly loud when fired due to the ‘slap happy’ nature of the string that means it regularly hits the bow when fired. Of course silencing measures can be taken to ensure that this issue is kept to a minimum, but it is features like this that further reduce the PSE Kingfisher’s ability as a hunting bow.
- For a bow not specifically designed for hunting, the accuracy is impressive
- The power ratio is also solid, and at 50lbs draw weight there is also the ability to take down considerable targets
- Visually appealing bow
- If kitted out properly with the correct accessories, it has impressive capabilities
- Kitting the bow out to the full specifications is expensive
- Noisy when fired
- Uncomfortable and heavy for some users
- Not good enough to be considered a serious hunting bow
The PSE Kingfisher is a great bow for fish hunting by and large. Whilst heavy and clunky to manoeuvre, it has excellent accuracy and a good amount of power is generated through the bow when fired. This being said, the bow is not specific enough to function as a traditional bow and its fish hunting capabilities, whilst impressive are nothing truly shocking. It is also expensive if you wish to fully specify the bow to your needs and is noisy in most situations. I hope that you have found this PSE Kingfisher Review helpful!