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    Buying Tips for Total Newbie

    Alright so I am a long time rifle hunter and have made fun of many of my friends who converted to archery over the years and now I want to join them. Not to sound cocky but rifle hunting has just gotten a little too easy and the shots I need to take to make it exciting for me could be construed as irresponsible. I want hunting to be fun again and think archery is the ticket based on how much my other hunting buddies enjoy it. SO, at the risk of starting a huge debate I was hoping to get some pointers on first time bows, gear, etc. as I look at dropping what seems to be an easy $1K to get into this sport with lots of options. General guidance is greatly appreciated as is specifics. Thanks in advance for your help, I have been reading a lot on here and was surprised I couldn't find this thread already though I'm sure it's been done.



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    Best advice I can give to a new shooter is to get a bow that is properly fitted to you. This means the correct draw length and a draw weight that you can easily handle. Ask your buddies what bow shop they recommend in the area.
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    Thanks! I am headed down to a pro shop this weekend. We have a lot of big box stores whose staff don't seem to know a whole lot. Thing I've found at the pro shops is they all seem to stock one brand of bow instead of multiple which is kind of weird. I guess a good shop can measure my draw length?

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    Draw length is wing span divided by 2.5, I believe. Now, this is a starting point and your actual draw length could be different by up to an inch either way. But it's a good starting point to get you close. Also, my advice is to shoot as many bows as you can before you make a quick decision on something that may just simply look cool. It may require more driving and more trips, but especially when getting started pro shops are the way to go. As bid box stores are just looking to make a sale and more often than not they simply don't have a clue what will work for your own particular situation. There are exceptions of course. Do your research and shoot as many as you can. Welcome to the addiction of archery, and good luck to you.
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    ^^^^
    What they said with emphasis on getting the bow fit to YOU. Consider used mid / top range at 1/2 60% of original cost. Better quality manufacture and design will help.
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    Thanks I have never heard that one!

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    Anything I should look for/ be concerned about with a used bow? Used (price) sounds great.

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    Find a Pro Shop that services what they sell ...preferably one that has a track record and reputation for good service.

    There is a lot to learn and having a source that can advise you and help when needed helps a lot..whether it is a knowledgeable friend or some guys at the Pro Shop.
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    Makes sense to me. I think there's a really good one in my area. Not sure if they sell any used bows but I guess I will find out this weekend. Seems like a light draw is a good place to start and just start working on form from there.

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    Don't buy cheap or you'll buy twice...

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    Yeah I was looking at some of the packages at the big box stores and was advised strongly against them by friends if I really want to get serious about bow hunting. My buddy has an old Hoyt he's offering up pretty cheap. I can't tell much if a difference between that and the newest Bowtechs and Mathews. Seems those are the brands I'm seeing in magazines the most. Know PSE has been around a long time too but haven't really seen a dealer in my area that stocks a lot of them.

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    it is easy to buy to much draw weight . i suspect quite a few people shoot to much draw weight but don't go lower because lots of draw weight is the manly thing to do . that would be your most likely mistake when buying . i prefer buying used bows and have only bought one with an ''issue'' and that was cosmetic , a paint problem .

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    I guess that leads me to wondering how much draw weight is good. Just something I can draw and hold fairly easily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaBenita View Post
    Don't buy cheap or you'll buy twice...


    Boy o boy isn't this true!
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    If buying used, look at one of the brands with a transferrable warranty.
    50-60lb is a good starting weight and can be hunted with forever.
    Good accessories are as important as the bow (sight/rest/release/etc...)
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    I have to ask. What is the Bowtech Bomb Unit in reference to?

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    Blowtech's exploding! If I can talk one person out of shooting them its one more life possibly saved lol! Sorry j/k, just a little poke at Bowtech owners.
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    Alright so I ended up with a lightly used Hoyt that was set at about 60 lbs. It had a whisker biscuit rest on it, some old rubber stabilizer and an old sight on it. I got to shoot it all weekend and have to admit it's pretty addictive. It's a big adjustment though and I am not shooting that good. I was just shooting alone and it seemed like the dots on the end of my pins were on target but I was kind of shooting everywhere especially as I got tired. Granted, I only shot a few times this weekend because these are some really new muscle groups for me to be using. Haven't felt this uncoordinated in a while. Any advice for this next phase? Thanks!

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    My Bowtechs have taken their share of deer and elk without a single issue.

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    Best advice, shoot shoot shoot! Have your buddies or someone at the pro shop look at your form and give you some pointers. It's best to learn good form from day one, that way you don't start off with bad form, and have to learn all over again. Once you have decent form, just practice all you can. Get the bow tuned up well, and the groups will start getting smaller, and eventually you'll be shooting lights out. Best of luck!
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    Thanks!

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