If you want the best hunting bow then buy the new 2010 Hoyt Maxxis, its about $850 undressed. Fuse quiver $75, Fuse stablizer $75, Spothog 7 deadly pins $199, Quadpro HD ultra rest dropaway $150. Otherwise goto ebay and buy a fully dressed, good used 2008/ 2009 Hoyt Alphamax fully dressed for about $650 but you need to know your draw length and what pound you want to pull, most hunters pull between 55 lbs and 70 lbs. I prefer 70 lbs because I shoot out to 80 yds. here in the west, with its open country.
Any tips on which is a good first bow, under $1000, thx all
Find an archery club and you'll find folks that will help you hands on. You can get started for far less than 1000 bucks. Especialy at the end of the year.
Be extra carful of used bows. They loose their value quicker than chewed gum and you don't know what condition the bow may be in.
A "good" club will be more than happy to help you. Archery talk is a good site,but there is far too many openions and snobs to be alot of good use for a novice.
For obvious reasons I push PSE, but there are alot of good starter(midline) bows made be almost every manufacture.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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