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  • Beginner advice on when to buy a bow

     Tara updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Tara

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Hey gang. I’m brand new to the sport and wanna get good quick. Seems like learning to shoot accurately and with confidence at multiple distances is the first step. 2 questions:

    1) I would like to shoot at least three times a week. I can shoot at my local club anytime, but I can only rent bows on the weekend. Obviously I need time and practice with a lot of bows to understand what I want to buy and settle on. Is there any ‘beginner’ compound bow you would recommend for me to start with at this phase or do I need to be patient and just go on the weekends for a few months (I’d really rather shooting mid week sooner than that)?

    2) Is it worth learning how to shoot without a peep sight at this stage or should I start up without a sight? I will probably get into other forms of archery (including for hunting) over time. For now however, hunting with a decent powered, sighted, compound bow seems a logical and ethical starting point for my first kill.

    Possibly I’m making a lot of newb assumptions here. Set me straight if I’m off the mark.

    Edit: typo.

  • Schwinnyy

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    I would recommend figuring out your budget and then see what bows fit that price range. Then go to your local pro shop to try them out to see which one you like the most. I got back into archery last year and settled on an Elite Ember, highly recommend.

  • hillsidekillaz

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Definitely budget, then proper fitment. I would not go with the heavy or aggressive cams to start with as they require excellent form to shoot properly. I use a single pin sight from black gold and find it easier to use because with newer compounds they shoot very flat and I found the pins stacked up too close. Start with a good peep sight and learn proper form. Drawing and holding your bow is so important. Don’t squeeze the handle, use proper back tension and shoot as much as you can. Use a camera to video yourself so you can check your form.
    Good luck and good shooting!!

  • jr12345

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    So here’s the deal – as an absolute beginner I’d head online and take your pick between Bear, PSE and Diamond. They each make good beginner bows, take your pick of which one you like more and find a shop to buy it at.

    I know, it’s not the old “go shoot all the bows” stupid advice people give to beginners. It works for experienced archers because we know what we like, we know what we’re looking for. Any bow is going to be foreign to a brand new archer – asking them to go try out a bunch and pick the best one when they have zero idea how different ATAs, brace heights, let offs, draw cycles, etc etc, relate to shoot ability and personal preference is disingenuous at best. If this is a sport you like *you will* buy another bow once you’ve been shooting for a few years – and let me tell you, bows don’t hold value. The second you leave the shop with a bow – the flagships lose $300+. If you end up deciding you don’t like it it’s a big hit to jump to another bow… much less of a hit with a beginner bow that literally everyone’s looking for a deal on. Yeah you might lose a hundred or so, but it’ll be an easy sell.

    Now for a point no one touches on – most archery shop owners are predatory at best, and downright crooks at worst. A beginner walking into a shop not knowing what they want is like dropping a bloody guy off in a tank full of sharks. It might be whale sharks and you’re good, but it might well be great whites and you’re in for a world of hurt. Google reviews don’t help – I’ve seen a number of local shops get great reviews on forums and google reviews and you go in and the guy behind the counter is straight full of shit. The power of suggestion, even though we may sit here at home and say “oh I’m not susceptible to that nonsense” is a real thing. They’ll get a flagship bow into your hand and be hitting you with “it’s the last bow you’ll ever need!”. While they’re technically not wrong, it’s highly likely you’ll get a year in with the bow and have a list of dislikes and want something different.

    Any of the above bows are gonna be more than you need for quite some time. Yes, some people upgrade sooner but in all honesty a guy could hunt his entire career on a PSE Stinger and not have issues. Plenty of deer and elk die to these bows every year without fail… it’s not like the animals get up and shrug it off because it didn’t cost $1200.

    Make your mind up before you step in the shop. When you get there(after determining if they are a dealer for said bow), walk in and tell them you want the bow you decided on. If they start trying to upsell or ask why or whatever be prepared to walk because this is a sign that it’s a shit establishment.

    In a year or so, revisit your bow and determine if you want something nicer or if you want to keep shooting what you got.

  • LiteDW

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    I would shoot a few at the bow shop and make a choice on a compound you could hunt with and then get it full set up with sites peep and everything. I would say just go for it myself, if you can afford it.

  • tehcoma

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Shoot lots of bows and find the one that fits you best. I ended up with a Mathews, maybe you’ll like PSE, or whatever brand.

    Get tips from the shop you’re buying from and invest in decent arrows.

    Ask tons of questions at the bow shop. There are no dumb questions.

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