Brett- I shoot the 2010 Mathews Z7 (31 inch draw length and 68lbs draw weight). I love it. I've shot a lot of different bows in the past and this one just has the smoothest draw cycle to me.
Sam- I no doubt would be carrying the same .44 mag if I was in Alaska, but really in Texas there is nothing that scary out in the woods (maybe a mountain lion here or there, but certainly no bears). I carry a Springfield XDM .40 on me when I'm out in the field with my bow and it has never let me down. Only one close call, I shot a little piglet out of a pack and when I walked up on it.. out of the woods came charging it's mother. Obviously trying to protect her baby, she was pissed! Luckily she stopped next to the baby and i was able to get a few shots off and scare her back into the woods. Although, I'm fairly certain it didn't kill her, it got the job done and kept me safe. Talk about getting freaked out at 8 in the morning.. that'll wake you up!