To date the best shooting compound I have owned was a Mathews SQ2 I have shot nicer feeling bows but for hunting function mixed with excellent shooting characteristics the SQ2 was the best I have personally owned. I jumped off the Mathews bandwagon when they started with all that string suppressor long riser short ata stuff. it took the short out of the bow and added a bunch of dampening gear that IMO is still useless garbage.
I have since pretty much quit with the compounds all together. I have less than 75 bucks in my recurve with the supplies I needed for the snakeskin backing. No sights to worry about, no extra gear. it shoots smooth as silk.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...