White Wolf Red Moon Longhunter S4 50#@28"

Reviewed By Steve

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Look along a line of archers at a FITA or GNAS target shoot and you will see anodised risers in a huge number of colours, there will be long rods in silver and blue, orange peeps and multicoloured items of kit all over the place. Take a look around at a field shoot and all the bows will be either black or neutral, autumn colours. It would appear that the most radical thing you would see on a field bow would be some highly polished Maple or some inlay, nothing wrong with that as lots of folks will want the wood to do it's own talking. One thing you won't see however is a lot of bright colours.

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White WolfAre field archers really so conservative ? or is it that bow makers assume that colour is something that field archers just don't want in their lives ? I really don't think so, not when you see the reaction a White Wolf gets when taken to a shoot, I was the same as everyone else when I first saw one, the striking wood patterns and bright finish instantly catch your eye, even the ones employing only natural wood shades stand out from almost every other bow. You are drawn to take a look, the coreflex woods themselves are layered and worked to produce a striated pattern which is quite distinctive, through the riser and all the way down the limbs.

White Wolf bows in natural and wood shades get a lot of attention but when you first see a coloured one almost inevitably you do a double take. For those archers that want their bows to look like more than just polished wood, bowyer Tony Semenuk has created a collection of bows that are not afraid to stand out. This bow on test is a 64" Longhunter S4 in Red Moon

Once the bow has captured your attention you will want to pick it up, and that's when it will surprise you a second time. it's light, really light, in fact this one weights in at just 9 1/2 Oz. The grip on the bow is shaped from the wood with no extra padding such as a leather binding or wrap. For this to work and be comfortable on a wood bow the contouring and profiling needs to be carefully made othewise it can feel like an uncomfortable lump of wood next to the palm, when a bow feels uncomfortable in the hand I can guarantee that regardless of how nice it shoots you won't enjoy the experience and won't want to pick it up again. Tony Semenuk, the bowyer, has obviously paid huge attention to this, there is a slight swell toward the palm and my hands find the right place every time without the need for finger grooves, that alone is remarkable, however the addition of a thumb rest in the form of a small sloping shelf is a stroke of genius, at first you don't notice it, it was only when I studied the grip and feel that I realised what had been done and this bow sits in my hand as possibly the most comfortable bare handled bow that I have shot.

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The bow is generally supplied with a Dacron string, having spoken to Tony though he is now switching over to a Fastflight or similar string material, this one came with an 8 strand Fastflight string in red and black which matched the bow perfectly, I am a fan of skinny strings and have in the past used some positively anorexic ones down to 4 strands so this 8 strand string didn't look out of place at all. Because of the weight the bow is very pointable, power is smooth and early, so smooth in fact that I didn't believe it was the 50# it claimed to be and upon weighing it I was surprised to find that on my scale it measured 48#, I suspect that once I have readjusted the brace and played about with the tuning it would be just about on the money. In shooting there was a little handshock, despite it being only a little it is worth mentioning because I noticed that the string loops were not padded, I like my skinny string padded at the loops and sometimes pad them with up to 18 strands. It makes no difference to the shot but can reduce both noise and shock, not that there was any noise with this bow but the addition of a padded loop string would probably reduce still further the little shock it delivered.

White Wolf The shelf itself is cut 1/8" past center, I do love "past center" bows as this enables you to tune the bow to the arrow and gives you some leeway with spine, meaning that they are generally a little easier to tune, the shelf is heavily radiused and fitted with a calf hair rest, giving the arrow less contact to the bow, the window too is radiused and provides a well framed sight picture.

This bow wasn't through surprising me yet because not only did it feel like a lesser weight to draw it shot the arrows as if they had come from a more powerful bow, I couldn't tell if this was just an illusion due to the physical weight of the bow being so little or because it was so smooth to draw so we headed off to the chrono station to get some hard facts.

Using my standard test weight arrows shot from 2 yards over the chrono I recorded 12 shots with each arrow, discarded the highest and lowest and averaged the rest to arrive at my home made and probably far from scientific test - perhaps it would not satisfy Steve Hawking but it does represent real world shooting...

 

445gn      9.27gn/#        172fps
500gn      10.41gn/#      165fps
530gn      11.04gn/#      156fps
565gn      11.77gn/#      154fps
 

As you can see, this is as fast a bow as many that are available, it's worth White Wolf mentioning that although it shot the lighter arrows well it also coped very well with heavy arrows and as the weight increased the rate the speed decreased was disproportionate so lovers of heavy arrows or hunters will find this bow will still shoot at a very respectable pace and may actually prefer heavy arrows, a heavy arrow sucks up more of the energy on offer and will also give a softer shooting experience. It should also be noted that this is a bow which retails at $559.

The sub $600 market is hotly contested and with archers demanding ever more from their archery dollar this White Wolf bow should be on the short list.

Often overlooked when buying a bow is the after care you might require from your bowyer and the warranty that goes with it. Here White Wolf bows score 10 out of 10, Tony is quite plain regarding his warranty and easily lost is the line which reads " I stand behind my workmanship" - this isn't some clever marketing ploy or a throwaway line used to entice you to buy one. It means exactly what it says, we originally heard of Tony because he was prepared to go above and beyond what would normally be expected from a bowyer and a reputation like that can't be bought. I imagine that it is rare for a White Wolf owner to own just one bow from this stable as I know of those with at least 2, this in itself is a huge endorsement and I find myself now looking covetously at the blue night sky camo version !

I was amazed to find a bowyer offering a custom Longbow for just $559 and then to find that you can buy a bow from just $289 ( add $50 if it's a custom order) shows that not only does White Wolf offer performance but also incredible value.

 

Rating 
Features & Design
Guaranteed to catch your eye with a startling colour scheme, it isn't all look though, because some very nice design touches mean this bow will sit nicely in your hand and offers a bare wood grip that feels as if it has been designed on a PC or by someone who understands both wood and hands.
Performance
It won't dissapoint archers who judge everything on speed, however those archers who require a bow with pointability, little handshock and lightness in the hand will enjoy this bow.
Value for Money
Whats really astonishing is that this bow offers super value at $559 but this isn't the least expensive bow produced by Tony at White Wolf. 
Overall
It's no wonder owners rave about their White Wolf Bows, $ for $ the Longhunter S4 offers a hard shooting bow with "out of the ordinary looks" at a price which means it has to be considered. Along with superb back up be sure to have this on your short list when you are next purchasing a bow.

Your Comments

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  • Posted by: Steve Rand on Apr 22, 19:26

    I have two of these bows now. The first one, I drew only 35# and this will shoot a 400gn arrow at 157 fps. In well under a year, (my first year), of shooting field competitions, I got 5 medals. Need we say more. These bows are a joy to shoot and I’ve found them to be very forgiving of occasional slips in form and stunning to look at too! As said in the review, Tony really does stand by his work and is an absolute pleasure to deal with.


  • Posted by: Esther Rodriguez on Jun 7, 12:00

    I’m trying to contact Tony Semenuk to make me a bow, but there is no way. Could someone help me?


  • Posted by: Andy@archers-review on Jun 7, 15:07

    Esther

    I assume you have been to the following page and used the email address?

    http://www.whitewolfbows.com/contacts.html

    We will also see if we can get hold of him for you.


  • Posted by: Rune Edvardsen on Apr 14, 13:29

    We have two Longhunter S4 bows from Tony, and is so happy about them, that we have ordered some new one ( Wind Warrior and TD Recurve )
    My wife has became Norwegian Champion twice, and has taken the women record for 60 arrows/18 meters at 532 points


  • Posted by: JOE CONOVER on Apr 16, 04:57

    I have the new Wind Warrior longbow fast and easy to shoot.


  • Posted by: Greg on Apr 28, 01:09

    I just got a 64“long hunter long bow from Tony. It is 45 # at 29 “. It has no stacking, smooth and absoluty whisper quiet.I ordered mine with deep a woods riser and clear ash limbs. It is cut past centre and shoots Easton XX75 al. 500’s with 125 grain heads like a sniper rifle.He put my name on it as well.It is absoluty beautiful and light as a feather. He was awsome to deal with and delivered as promised.It does shoot where you look, really. If you want a personalized custom bow built for you then this is an absolute bargin. His pics on his site do not do his craft justice.


  • Posted by: Harris Keston on Jun 10, 20:20

    I’m trying to get in touch with Tony Semenuk (White Wolf Bows). His phone doesn’t answer and his website doesn’t load. Do you have any information. Thanks

    Harris


  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on Jun 10, 20:33

    Try him through his Ebay store..
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/White-Wolf-Custom-Bows


  • Posted by: Jason F on Jul 16, 01:39

    I have one of his longhunter longbows in powderhorn and this bow is incredible. Good finish, looks good and, more importantly, shoots great. Shoots where you look and does so with very little handshock and virtual silence. Highly recommended! I have had good luck corresponding with Tony through his facebook page using private messaging.


  • Posted by: johnny blade on Mar 7, 10:37

    Hi I have the long hunter at 70/42@30 in northern lights blue after 20yrs compound and a switch to recurve . I will never shoot any other bow again except my white wolf Tonys work for the money is 1st rate and better than most mass produced £700 jobs out there . plus peace of mind with a bowyer who stands by his work a proud and upright man .


  • Posted by: Dave Sims on May 17, 00:26

    Been searching for my first longbow(actually first bow of any kind). Problem was my 400 dollar budget and need for a custom bow to accommodate my 31” draw length. E-mailed a few bowyers. After very careful research I found that the white wolf long hunter could be made custom for me for only 389 dollars. The bow has all the features I was looking for. Tony has promptly replied to all my e-mails. He spent a lot of time writing very detailed replies to all my stupid newbie questions. He will tiller it so it will shoot well 3 fingers under or split since I have to experiment and find out what I like. He asked for measurements of my hand to make the grip fit my large hands. It will be 68” and 45lbs@31”. Bow is on order, 6 weeks out! The waiting is killing me! It was the customer service that sealed the deal. Much better reply then I got from anyone else. I will post again after I get her! I’ll let some more experienced guys at the range test drive it too since I have nothing to compare it with.


  • Posted by: casey moore on Sep 14, 02:31

    I just ordered a wind warrior 62’‘ 45lbs@28 with a northern light riser and black limbs! I can not wait to get it, I had my heart set on a hoyt buffalo but then I ran across white wolf and after seeing all the glowing endorsements by owners of his bows and youtube videos of their performance combined with how much personality each bow has I couldn’t pass one up plus it was 100US cheaper then the buffalo! Will it be better then the buffalo? I don’t know since the buffalo is a state of the art bow but I have no doubt that it won’t even matter because the WW will be such a joy to shoot.


  • Posted by: Daniel on Oct 28, 06:17

    I bought my sister a longhunter [nightsky riser with blue limbs. beautiful bow] #45@28. My foolishness in my ignorance of how heavy it would be, as i had never shot traditional. However, she shoots it and is dead on with it. Not only does Tony’s work just floor you with how beautiful it is, the bower himself is outstanding. He answers any questions you can come up with and you can expect a reply at latest, 48 hours. My mother is absolutely in love with my sister’s bow and is looking into buying herself one. I myself have plans to buy a Beowulf TD recurve. (i have gotten into traditional since i bought my sister’s bow.)


  • Posted by: Joe from Guam on Aug 1, 23:52

    I shoot a Hoyt Gamemaster II now, but I can’t wait for my Wind Warrior just reading all theses reviews. I know that I’ll make Tony’s name known here in the Pacific.


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