Bow Recommendations (New to bowhunting)

Discussion in 'Intro to Bowhunting & Archery' started by GibsonBanjos, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. GibsonBanjos

    GibsonBanjos Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2019
    Posts:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southeastern Virginia
    I just wanted to get a little insight regarding quality brands and solid bows for the price. I want to try my best to stay in the price range of $300-$500 (preferably around the middle) due to college restricting my budget a little. I am new to bow hunting, but have been hunting and enthused in the outdoors my entire life. I mainly am looking for a a simple, yet quality bow for the price. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Posts:
    3,516
    Likes Received:
    3,444
    Dislikes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Western NY
    It's that your range for bare bow or out the door and hunting?
     
  3. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Posts:
    3,516
    Likes Received:
    3,444
    Dislikes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Western NY
    Okiebob likes this.
  4. GibsonBanjos

    GibsonBanjos Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2019
    Posts:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southeastern Virginia
    The budget would be for the bare bow itself. By stand, do you mean a stand for the bow or an actual tree stand? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I just want to double check.
     
  5. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Posts:
    3,516
    Likes Received:
    3,444
    Dislikes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Western NY
    Stand for tree. You have many options and none are wrong. You can even spot and stalk.
    Where do you plan on hunting and is it private, public, is there state restrictions?
    As for bare bow IMHO I would look on here and buy one. It's very close to season but if you hurry you can still make it. I try to only buy from members that have a bunch of posts. It doesn't guarantee that they are not shitbags but it's less likely as they would get called out.
    If you are resigned to buying new then go to a few bow shops and try as many bows as you can in your price range.
     
  6. siwulat

    siwulat Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    Posts:
    306
    Likes Received:
    311
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    Location:
    MN
    Definitely don't be afraid to buy used. You'll be able to find a decent bow in that price range.
     
  7. GibsonBanjos

    GibsonBanjos Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2019
    Posts:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southeastern Virginia
    Thankfully, I already have two tree stands up and one blind, and we are fortunate enough to have around 500 acres of our farm land to hunt on.
     
  8. DWitt

    DWitt Newb

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2016
    Posts:
    23
    Likes Received:
    5
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SW IA
    With your budget, I would actually recommend buying something used. If you buy new, you are going to likely get a lot less of a bow than if you bought something used. I would even recommend asking if you can buy some of the arrows from the seller so the bow would practically be sighted in for you.
     
  9. GibsonBanjos

    GibsonBanjos Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2019
    Posts:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southeastern Virginia
    I think I'm just going to go the used route. A buddy of mine is selling a PSE he's only shot a handful of times.
     
    Okiebob likes this.
  10. DWitt

    DWitt Newb

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2016
    Posts:
    23
    Likes Received:
    5
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SW IA
    Nice, hopefully that bow works out for you.
     
  11. leastbay

    leastbay Newb

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2019
    Posts:
    11
    Likes Received:
    4
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Diamond infinite edge sb1
     
  12. Katt72

    Katt72 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2015
    Posts:
    182
    Likes Received:
    44
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston ,TX
    I would definently go used. If you do your research, you can come out with a quality brand bow. It may not be a fairly new on the market(2-4yrs old), but it may have other accessories that will save you some $$ on the other end. About 4 years ago I bought a Hoyt Razortec for $100. It had some accessories(sight, whisker biscuit, quiver & hard case). Those accessories itself was more than what I paid for the bow. Good luck!
     
  13. BowCommander

    BowCommander Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2015
    Posts:
    147
    Likes Received:
    17
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Virginia
    eBay has great deals on some used bows. Some of the better quality brands are Mathews, Hoyt, PSE, Bowtech, Elite, Bear to name a few. I know PSE has some high quality affordable bows on the market. The Hoyt Rampage XT, Hoyt Charger, Bowtech Assassin, PSE Brute are all some good priced range bows that come to mind. I would try to buy one RTS rather than adding accessories later on.
     
  14. Aces&8

    Aces&8 Newb

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Posts:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    If it was me....I would buy a used Mathews, probably a switchback. It will hold it's resale value, it's one of the best bows ever made and if something ever happens to it, you can always get parts for it.
     
    Tom WI likes this.
  15. Tom WI

    Tom WI Newb

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2019
    Posts:
    32
    Likes Received:
    15
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    The Matthews bows are good ones. I have a 2016 Matthews Mission that has served me well for 2 years now. It only cost me 100$ @ a bow shop. the mission series of matthews bows are good quality and make a good beginners bow due to there wide range of draw lengths and wieght. My advice would be to go to a good bow shop and have them set you up with a bow. They will help you pick out a bow, and then they will fit it to you. I am assuming you will need arrows also. I would recommend the Easton Axis arrows. These are some of the best on the market. Match them up with some Rage expandable broad heads and your good to go. Again, a good bow shop will set you up with the right arrows for your bow. Hoyt is another good brand of bows, but Ive never owned one personally, so I cant tell you much about them.
     
  16. Tom WI

    Tom WI Newb

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2019
    Posts:
    32
    Likes Received:
    15
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    BTW, my bow was used when I bought it in 2018, nice thing was, it had a quality wisker bisket, sight and stabalizer all set up on it.
     
  17. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Posts:
    17,687
    Likes Received:
    7,165
    Dislikes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I would also check the local bow shop for used bows as well. I know when I first started shooting a bow the local bow shop owner helped me a great deal.
     
    Okiebob likes this.
  18. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Posts:
    3,516
    Likes Received:
    3,444
    Dislikes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Western NY
    Yeah ppl were nicer when Reagan was in office
     
  19. trial153

    trial153 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Posts:
    7,378
    Likes Received:
    858
    Dislikes Received:
    6
    Location:
    NY
    There is a a couple z28s on AT that are in your price range, you be hard pressed to find better bow for a new bowhunter
     
    Trenton Loewen likes this.
  20. John T.

    John T. Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Posts:
    583
    Likes Received:
    203
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    What sota said. I would also recommend buying used from an archery shop. Hopefully, they will have a place to try it out. FWIW, my wife has a Diamond Infinite Edge Pro- adjustable from 7-70 lb. draw weight, adjustable draw length. After she learned what the peep sight was for, she shot tight groups!
     

Share This Page