Reading the articles will help you to learn the different ways to set up your bow, how to practice, different arrow combinations, shooting technique, and how to shoot your bow. This way you can learn from the articles instead of making the mistakes yourself. I know from personal experience that once you shoot traditional you'll be either hooked on it forever, or hate it. I would suggest starting with a compound bow with sights to start with. It is so much easier to shoot than a traditional bows without sights. Never let anyone tell you how to set up your bow. My wife's uncle still argues with me that I can't kill deer with my set ups even though I have proven him wrong many times. Trial and error is the best way to find the best set up for you. Articles give you ideas for setting up you bow.
Liek any hunting, reading about it helps to prepare your mind and lets you know what teh options are.
Keep in mind that the magazines are generally trying to sell you something so take all their recommendations with a grain of salt. But yes, they ARE worth reading when you can't be out there practicing!
Rather than spend my hard earned pennies on those cool Shoot-N-See targets or even the preprinted targets at sporting goods stores, I save a few bucks for weekend plinking sessions by using paper plates as targets. A 100 count pack of paper plates costs less than a 10 count pack of preprinted targets.
If you are playing with something like a semi auto AK, or building a young shooters confidence with a 22 or shotgun, those big eight inch blanks are perfect for putting holes in all...