Hey guys, ever since I first held a bow in high school I've always wanted to get into archery, but I haven't seriously considered it until now. Me and a couple friends were talking about buying a compound bow and hitting the range.

Are there any archers here? I'm obviously a beginner and not sure what to look for in a bow. Also, as a university student, funds are tight. I hope to change that in the summer. Any recommendations for a decent quality bow at a fair price? And any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  Hey Kevin, you're picking a great hobby to get into. Beyond the initial investment, the only extra cash you will spend will be fixing arrows that get messed up.

  I'm usually a recurve guy, and there are quite a few decent starter recurves for 100-150 bucks out there. If you're going the compound bow route, looking for a gently used one would be your best option, as a brand new one of quality will be rather pricey.  Compounds are also set to specific draw lengths, and weights, to match your size, arm length, and what you intend to do with it. If you want to shoot accurately, you will have to have aluminum arrows made up specifically for that individual bow as well.

   If you want to just get started shooting a bow, I would reccomend picking up a recurve, spend around 100 bucks, and then get some decent arrows made up at your local archery store. If things are tight then just grabbing the bow, and shooting any old arrow you can get your hands on is an option, but it will be hard to be very accurate.


You could also go with a cheap fiberglass longbow to start for the summer and see if it's something you'd want to stick with before dropping decent money on something.

I am also a traditional archery type.

You might want to check out one of your many local archery clubs and stores before buying.  The ranges might have a variety of gear for you to try so that you have a better idea of what you like now.  They might also have some deals on used gear. 


I am big in to bowhunting, so I can help if thats what you are planning on doing. I have a bear Strike, which is a decent bow for the price. I would recommend saving up and getting a Matthews Z7 or a Hoyt. I plan on trading in my Bear Strike for a Matthews. I would go to an Archery shop (if your town has one) and check out the bows they have. See what draw weight you can pull and eventually want to pull and also see what bows feel comfortable in your hands. 

My Dad, son and I all shoot recurves, I have been shooting for about ten years and really enjoy it, my son who is 10 started shooting his recurve bow about 3 years ago and is pretty good to about 20 yards, hitting targets pie plate size. We really enjoy getting out in the yard on Saturday or Sunday for a little practice. Like most have previously said you can easily get into shooting for $150.00 and the sky's the limit on gear after that, lots of good equipment on e-bay and craigs list, just look around a little. Lots of people buy the latest and greatest bow this year and after a couple seasons replace it for the next big thing so if you look you can get some really good deals.

Good Luck and have some fun.

Thanks for the words gentlemen. Ended up going with a recurve and I'm loving it.


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