Well, first thing I will tell yuo is that you should go to a bow shop and shoot a whole bunch of different bows, and see what feels good for your shooting style When you figure out what is the best bow for you, then start looking for where you can get a "starter bow". You don't necessarily have to settle for something less than the elite bows, just to save money. If you feel like you shoot a Hoyt or a Mathews best, then I would start looking in the spring for a good used one, no more than a year or 2 old. As long as it has new strings, it will be a superb bow, and you can get one for a really good deal, and used ones are almost always fully loaded.
Personally, I did not want to spend toomuch $$$$ on a bow, but I wanted something new. I found a Martin Sabre, which is a great middle of the road bow. I got mine, fully equipped, with a dozen arrows, for less than $500 out the door. The only thing I needed extra was the broadheads, and a release. It's a great bow, dual cam, pretty fast, etc.
But, like I said, go shoot some first. Pretty soon the serious archers will be dumping their 2 or 3 year old models to get the top of the line new release. Wait and pick up a good one.
I too would recomend going to a reputable bow shop in your area and look at alot of different bow and shoot them all and see what one you like and feels the best to you. There ia lot of different bow and they all can feel different from one person to the next. I shot alot of biow and then when I finally decided on a bow, I went out and found one that was "used" so as to save some money. But I did go back to the bow shop that helped me for accessories and arrows. I bought a used bow just to make sure I was going to enjoy bow hunting...and I did. I have since sold that bow and bought a few new ones. there is nothign wromng with a used bow as long as it was taken care of.
The bow shop can also help with some tips on making you a better shooter, i tried to learn to shoot on my own and while I got better at it I still had some bad habits. And until I stared shooting in a league at the bow shop did they help me with some stuff and my shooting has drastically gotten better...wish I had done that along time ago.
Feel free to send me a Pm or email if you want to pick my brain! Gook luck in your choice and enjoy..it is very addicting!
Thanks for the advice. I do add all the great reccomendations I get to a huge spread sheet. It is growing by leaps and bounds. I appreciate the offer for more questions. I want to improve my bow hunting skills. It will make me an all around better hunter. Plus its more challenging as well.
While I might go to a big box store to try some bows, I'd find a independently owned bow shop where I felt comfortable and where the owner and patrons were willing to assist you in your quest for a bow and to be a bow hunter.
I have a bow shop in my area where I can go to purchase products, have work done on my bow, shoot my bow and shoot the breeze.
One tip on buying the bow is to try them without looking at the price. You'd be surprised that the lower price bow is the one you like the best. Speed is nice, but it isn't everything so don't feel like you have to spend extra bucks to get a bow that is 30 fps faster. It won't make a difference in the field.
The main thing to look for in a bow is fit. Get one that is properly fitted for you. A too long draw length will create problems for you.
I do mean it. I know mean it. I enjoy the replies. Everyone adds something different which each recommendation. I take notes of everything read and compile all the different advice I get. It makes me a more complete hunter. What works with you guys helps me alot.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...