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Get Started Bowhunting: Buying Your First Bow (Page 2)

Here's what every first timer needs to know when weighing the numerous options for buying a bow at a local shop or big-box store.

Sights: When choosing sights, your best option will be a unit that allows second and third axis adjustments. That allows the string to be squared to the head, as well as remaining completely square when the bow is tilted up or down-which is during almost every shot when you're hunting.

Also look for a sight with as many micro-adjustments as possible, windage and individual pin movements instead of coarse slide-type adjustments.

Choose a sight with loads of optic fiber. "You want at least a foot of optic fiber," said Jones. "If you get one with only a few inches, it's not going to work that well because it won't be bright enough during those last 10 minutes of light when you're most likely to see something."

Stabilizer: This piece of equipment moves weight away from your hand in an effort to slow down the movement of the bow. "A good stabilizer is light but has as much weight as possible away from your hand," said Jones. "Get a weight-forward stabilizer, not one that has the weight spread evenly throughout."

Once you're set up and ready to shoot, it's a matter of finding a good shop that can keep your bow tuned and teach you how to shoot properly. After that, your ability to hammer the 10 ring is a matter of practice.


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13 Responses to Get Started Bowhunting: Buying Your First Bow (Page 2)

Bryan wrote:
September 24, 2014

Oky want to by biw but shoot a few friends bow and there all right handed and i shoot off way off i close my right eye to look threw the sites but i but back with my left hand on the string of the bow and im always off

Ryan wrote:
December 29, 2013

Great read for a first timer, like me. A lot less intimidating once you break it down. Thank you!

kim gardner wrote:
September 28, 2013

i've been shooting my husband's old bow - he did get the high dollar one and loves his Bear Mauler! i started shooting his old one and have gotten fairly decent shooting the target - i'm so excited. tomorrow i will be bow hunting for the first time in my life. i have no idea what the $ amount of my bow was - i know the Mauler was a gift for my husband - what matters to me - this newcomer to archery - is that i love to shoot, my husband loves to shoot - when we are out there together enjoying our time together, at least for me, i'm not thinking of the price tag. i'm enjoying the time we have and the talent that has developed in me. yall wish me luck - maybe i'll be stopping back by telling you i've killed a deer with my old bow! maybe then the ol man will get me one of the high dollar toys!! thanx for all the comments - i did take something from them all! keep shooting!!!

gore wrote:
May 26, 2013

i find these posts to be ridiculous. i got my start into archery for less than $300. i shoot a martin jaguar takedown and i have a lot of fun just target shooting from 20 to 30 yards. i plan to start hunting in the fall, and theres no reason to spend 1500 on a sport youve got no experience with. yes, buying a completely set up top of the line bow will give you the best chance of putting your arrow exactly where you want it... but after a year of shooting recurve, i can confidently put an arrow into the vitals from up to 35 yards. a compound obviously is more consistant and has much longer range but that doesnt mean you cant bag a deer with practice. stop pushing people out of the sport

steve hoy wrote:
May 10, 2013

4th week in the sport it doesn't cost 1500 and got a new pse and full set up and I'm only in it 700 and got amazing grouping up to 50 yards n my 8 year old boy just got his first compound so the quality of time and cool peoples met priceless

JD wrote:
February 18, 2013

Thanks everyone, for your negativity. Made me feel like I'd walked into a room full of runners and bicyclers. To the gentleman who shares the time with his family, thank you. You were enough to get me to keep researching.

jason wrote:
November 25, 2012

I am getting ready to start shopping for my first bow I know it can get expensive but it takes more skill with a bow than a firearm. I can not afford it all at once but alittle at a time by next fall I should be ready to be in the woods

Jeff wrote:
November 13, 2012

You have talked me out of bow hunting. I was considering it because more opportunities are available for deer hunting for me if using a bow. However, I don't have $1,500 to get started.

Stephen wrote:
July 15, 2011

I am in my 5th season and 3rd bow. I was shooting a 75# PSE mid range bow. I got my Diamond Fugitive 70# put a 5 pin Truglow sight and a QAD drop-away. The bow came set up for $599. I added sights at $60, arrow rest, another $60, $90 on arrows. I love this Diamond, and can't wait to hunt with it. Yes, bow hunting can get expensive, because I got almost the same in my wife's bow. On the up side, my kids shoot too, so that's more family time and my wife is my hunting buddy. Put a price on that. We still need broadheads, which will most likely be Muzzy's, and we want a 3D target. Therefore the price tag is still climbing. When its all said and done with, I will most likely have $3000 tied up in this sport, and we don't make a lot of money. We get it little by little.

Dave wrote:
May 27, 2011

If I'm going to spend that kind of money I'll buy a real weapon.. a firearm. You do the sport a disservice by dissuading people from introductory bows. Many archers got their start from a $150 nasp bow.

Dustau wrote:
May 09, 2011

I just bought my first bow and I have spent $1600. The start up cost is no joke. I would not recommend buying your first bow from a big box store. Bowtech has a model that sells for $699. that comes with a quiver, sight, stabilizer, and rest. I think it is called the Assassin. Don't forget the arrows. After I dropped 16 hundo on the bow, I spent another 200 on the arrows.

John D. wrote:
April 30, 2011

If I can't "expect a great-shooting piece of equipment or a consistent experience", then why bother? I can see the attraction of traditional archery. Something tells me I don't need an engineering degree to kill a deer with a bow.

old codger wrote:
April 28, 2011

Well now you've talked about a mechanical sissy instrument. When are you going to talk about a real bow, either a long bow or a recurve bow that takes real talent to serve. I shoot a 65 lb Bear recurve that is about 35 years old. Always get my elk, and plenty of deer, a couple of wild hogs and even turkey. Teach these new people the real task of archery before they get lazy with those machines.