For a while I've been looking into learning archery simply for target practice. Actually, it's something I've always wanted to learn, but never really had the opportunity.
I've been looking at recurves and longbows. I'm ambidexterous, so I'd rather have a bow that can shoot from either side (sorry - I'm no where near being fluent in archery terms...yet). One of my colleagues at work who bowhunts brought one of his compounds bows into work, and seemed amazed that I was able to draw back(?) his bow without any difficulty - and he's 6'5". He said that when I'm ready for a bow I could easily use one that is geared for a man.
The only places around me that have any kind of archery tend to stock only crossbows and compounds, and the small handful of recurves that the local pro shop has are expensive and they do not teach archery at this time. I've been looking at those available online; I'm not sure about what make and type of bow I'll end up with eventually, and am willing to try out a few low-priced ones from different makes.
I hope that I can get some decent advice as to what are good decent starter bows, what size and poundage might be good for me, etc. I've been going through the archives on this site, and they are filled with priceless information, but I would appreciate some advice as to where simply to begin to start in this sport.