I have been a compound bow shooter for two decades, I have a 20 year old Hoyt and a 2 year old Hoyt that I have killed countless deer with and now I want wooden bows man, both recurve and longbow.
I grabbed an old vintage Bear Kodiak at a yard sale and cracked the top limb before I got it drawn back to my 32.5" draw length. Maybe it was already damaged or defective, dunno, but now I am on the search for a recurve bow that can handle my draw length...
...but it doesn't stop there - I need long enough arrows to boot of course. I remember my first compound bow ever, and old Bear with a wooden riser and no sight window cutout to allow broadheads to be drawn behind the front of the window - I had to shoot 33.5" aluminum telephone poles for hunting. Now that site windows are relieved for blades, I can shoot 32" arrows. But whatever recurve I end up with, at full draw I will need at least a 33 inch arrow, of not 33.5. Can you even get cedar that long? I have not found them at neither 3-Rivers nor YeOldeArcheryShoppe.
Any help or advise is greatly appreciated. I am also particularly curious about how much the draw weight is gonna stack up at my draw. I shoot 65# peek on my wheel bows, figured I'd start out around 40 with the recurve but since most weights are measured at 28" I am wondering how low I need to go. I'd like to try some out at a pro shop, but the only archery shop within an hour of me only carries a small handful of recurves all of which are common hunting weights.