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About 20+ years ago, I imported a Darton bow to South Africa. Very few shops sold bows and everyone laughed at my radical notion of hunting with a bow. Bowhunting as a form of sport hunting was still illegal in Namibia at that time - except, of course, for the San bushmen.

With my new bow, I shot the first animal ever shot by a white man with a modern bow in Namibia. Our hunt was on Vrede (Peace), Oom Soon’s farm near Otjiwarongo. I still remember shooting that warthog like it was yesterday: me and my friend Danes dancing like crazy people around the dead warthog. The proof that animal can be hunted with a bow caused no small commotion among rifle hunters.

At that time, bowhunting was in it’s infancy in South Africa. Aspiring bowhunters knew about other bows but nobody knew what a Darton bow was way back then.

They certainly think differently now. Darton has brought out their next trophy killer - and the reaction from bowhunters has been encouraging.

"Whoa." "Dang." "Man." "Can I shoot it again?" "That a Darton?"

Darton’s Sales Manager Ted Harpham often hears these common responses as archers grab and shoot Darton’s New Pro 3500S.

"The whole look of the Pro Series bows from Darton has changed, and the 3500S is leading the way in looks, speed and overall performance," Harpham said.

The riser has a sleek, sexy appearance with more curves than a mountain road while maintaining the strength and durability archer’s demand. Although it features a narrower grip area, the Pro 3500S still has the "Darton" feel the loyalist love.

The biggest cause for the oohs and ahhs comes from Darton’s new laminated limbs, manufactured by Barnsdale Archery, powering the newest CPS G2 - 2.5 Cam designed by Rex Darlington.

"The new Cam and Mach -1 Laminated Limbs have allowed the Pro 3500S to achieve IBO speeds out of the box of 338 – 343 feet-per-second. Darton advertises IBO Rating Velocity, no smoke, no mirrors," Harpham stated.

The Pro 3500S has an axle-to-axle length of 33 13/16" and a 6" brace height. You don’t need a bow press to change draw lengths that range from 25"– 30".

For more on the Pro 3500S and the rest of the "Built to Hunt" lineup from Darton, visit

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