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Looking for a first bow #2735601 11/09/11 06:10 PM
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I'm considering taking bow hunting, but dont know where to start or what bows to look at. Any suggestions?



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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: jay K] #2735625 11/09/11 06:19 PM
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There are a ton of great bows out there!!! The best bow on the market is the bow that fits you best and you like the most!!! Ken at Cinnamon Creek Ranch told a guy the other day that was in the shop when I was there that the only 3 bows he would stay away from are Elite, Strother, and Athens. I didn't hear the entire conversation but I heard him say something that they are the most prone to problems and especially cam lean.
I am not a Mathews fan but a lot of people swear by them but they have a lower priced brand called mission
bowtech
PSE
Diamond
Matthews
Hoyt
Those are the biggest names in bows then you have some others that have come out and heard are pretty good bows as well
Limbsaver
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New Breed
Orneida
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Winchester
Athens
Elite
Don't over look High Country either
Best thing to do is go hit several proshops and shoot as many as you can!!! If you are in DFW area I recommend going to Cinnamon Creek Ranch!!



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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: chrisj81] #2735810 11/09/11 07:16 PM
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Buy a good used bow and see if bow hunting appeals to you before going all in. A lot of people want to get into bow hunting but then get out quick.

I bought a PSE Nova off of here for a good price and then decided I wanted to take the next step so I upgraded. It was equally likely that I would have quit after a few weeks. Got my money back on the PSE and then bought a Bowtech that I like fine. There are lots of bows for sell at Archery Talk (go to the classified forum).


Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: squib] #2736150 11/09/11 08:37 PM
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thanks... also how often do bows need to have parts replaced? Because I have heard of people constantly having issues with their bows; which is why I have been hesitant to get into bow hunting in the past



Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.
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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: squib] #2736326 11/09/11 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: squib
Buy a good used bow and see if bow hunting appeals to you before going all in. A lot of people want to get into bow hunting but then get out quick.

I bought a PSE Nova off of here for a good price and then decided I wanted to take the next step so I upgraded. It was equally likely that I would have quit after a few weeks. Got my money back on the PSE and then bought a Bowtech that I like fine. There are lots of bows for sell at Archery Talk (go to the classified forum).

This is actually some great advice. And is what I did and I'm hooked.



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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: Skylar Mac] #2736402 11/09/11 09:53 PM
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SAW A MATHEWS SWITCHBACK IN CLASSIFIEDS MIGHT NOT BE TO BAD..

BUT BEST THING TO DO IS GO TO PRO SHOP AND TRY THEM OUT.



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do whatever fits you best! don't just buy a bow because of the brand and i wouldnt be afraid to spend a little more money to buy a bow that fits and feels better to you.



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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: Jack Todd] #2737146 11/10/11 01:19 AM
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The requirements that I have for a bow are:

- it must be quite
- it must fit me well & be comfortable to shoot and hold

Don't worry about the brand as long as it meets these two criteria.

Start going to some bow shops and shooting various brands. You will soon get the feel for what feels the most comfortable, what you shoot best, price point, etc. and that will help in your decision.

Warning: Bow hunting is addictive!!!!!!!!!


Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: jay K] #2737190 11/10/11 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted By: jay K
thanks... also how often do bows need to have parts replaced? Because I have heard of people constantly having issues with their bows; which is why I have been hesitant to get into bow hunting in the past


Not often. Arrows are my biggest thing to tear up if/when I miss the target and hit a fence.

The only thing that needs replaced is the string/cables about every two years or so depending on how much you shoot.

Learn to tune and maintain the bow yourself. It is not hard and is a lot of fun. I can do everything needed except those tasks that require a bow press.


Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: Death_By_Broadhead] #2737364 11/10/11 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: Death_By_Broadhead
The requirements that I have for a bow are:

- it must be quite
- it must fit me well & be comfortable to shoot and hold

Don't worry about the brand as long as it meets these two criteria.

Start going to some bow shops and shooting various brands. You will soon get the feel for what feels the most comfortable, what you shoot best, price point, etc. and that will help in your decision.

Warning: Bow hunting is addictive!!!!!!!!!



Warning: bow hunting can also be expensive b/c it is addictive.


Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: jay K] #2738346 11/10/11 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted By: jay K
I'm considering taking bow hunting, but dont know where to start or what bows to look at. Any suggestions?


Pro Shop.....

do a search for the past week or so, as this has been asked by several people....


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Re: Looking for a first bow [Re: DFWPI] #2745084 11/12/11 01:11 PM
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also keep in mind that the more expensive bows does not translate on how they feel to you. I shot mathews and hoyt and Ross.

I did not ask price in the beginning.

I picked the Ross because it was comforatable and smooth to me...



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