New to archery and looking for advice

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  1. Vertroa

    Vertroa Newb

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    Hi friends, as the title says I am new to archery. I have been inspired from binge watching seasons of Alone and Cam Hanes videos (hopefully that does not earn me any hate as I don't know how the archery community feels about those two things). In any case, I dig any hobbies that gets me outside and adventuring. My goal is to begin with target practice and move onto small game hunting once I am fully confident in my ability. I have read through the beginner guides on the sidebar which were very helpful, but I have a few additional questions.

    1. I have no qualms with investing in a new hobby. However I don't think it make sense for me to purchase the top of the line Hoyt as I won't understand or leverage all the features of such a bow. However I still want to purchase a quality bow to begin honing my skills. How much should I spend on my first compound bow? What brand or model would you recommend?
    2. I live in the Portland, OR area and have identified a few clubs and pro shops nearby. Are there any locals here that would recommend any of the nearby shops?
    3. Is there any other advice your would give someone walking into the pro shop for the first time?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

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    Welcome to the site!
    As for purchasing a rig I would advise trying as many as you can. Try friends, or other members at clubs or any bows they sell at the shop you have.
    It's not as profound as it sounds but shoot all the bows you can and ones of them will "speak" to you. When you decide what you want look on here for bows on sale.
    You also could try a package deal from a box store and get ready to go with a fully set bow for 400.
    There is no right answer for what to shoot. It's one of the great things about this forum.
    Ex. I have been bow hunting for 26 years and I just created a thread to get members opinions on changing releases.
    Just do some research and bring us opinions and we will guide as best we can.
    We are glad to have you here.
     
  3. Cannon06

    Cannon06 Weekend Warrior

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    +1 on Fix's post.

    You'll need to shoot a few different bows to get a feel for each one, and what features you are willing to pay for. My first bow was mid level quality wise, and I didn't know any different. I put down a bunch of deer with it, and was very happy with it. After shooting for 5 years I upgraded to a high end model and I could definitely tell why I paid more. My opinion is that if you are committed to learning archery and this is not an impulse purchase, then you could buy a top end bow and you'll love it. You can also buy a mid level bow for half the cost, as you learn more about archery. There is nothing wrong with either option. This forum always has guys selling their bows that are a used, but top end models. Can save you several hundred if your looking for a good deal.
     
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  4. Vertroa

    Vertroa Newb

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    Thank you for all the tips and advice guys. I am going to go to the pro shop this weekend. I still haven't decided if I want to go all out or just buy a mid range bow. I am a buy once, cry once type of guy so I'll think about it.
     
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    Mod-it Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Like recommended, shoot flagship bows and mid range bows. There will likely be more than one bow that you really like the feel of. Then you can make a decision on what you want to spend.
    I've been shooting bows since I was 10 or so, but really started into shooting compounds with all the bells and whistles at around 19. I'm now 47. I currently shoot a 2014 mid-range bow that I bought as a hold over in 2015 for $500 bucks and like the heck out of it. It doesn't have to have a $1000+ price tag to do everything you want and feel good to you.
    You'll know what were referring to once you shoot several. A good bow shop will be more than willing to do a basic setup on some of their bows for you so you can shoot them and see how they feel. They should not be too pushy about which brand to buy or what brand of accessories you should buy. Just tell them exactly what you said here, that you are new and want to start with target until confident and then move to hunting with it.
    Being new, it is a really good idea to watch/read everything you can about proper form when shooting a bow, as it is much easier to start off at least close to proper form rather than to develop bad form habits that will then be tough to change. A decent bow shop will also normally be willing to offer some starting out advice and work with you a bit.
     
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    Kenneth Jasinski Newb

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    I agree, go to a shop and shoot some bows, some will feel good and some wont. Then comes down to price point, but you dont have to buy a 1k bow to kill a deer with. A great beginner bow is the Diamond infinite edge, Its usually a package deal and adjusts from like 15 lb to 70 lb draw and like 23 to 30 inch draw weight. I believe the package is about $300 or so, you can also buy a used bow offline for cheap just to make sure archery is something you will stick with. Buy a used bow for $1 or $200. Then put more money into accessories that then can be swapped to a new bow once your ready for one, like Site, rest, quiver and arrows and release.
     
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    i am also new here and this thread helped me a lot
     
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    you should buy online simple. ill share a link of a good website. Hope so you will find what you are looking for.
     
  9. mnhunter77

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    Another option is to check Ebay.com, seems like alot of bow shops post some decent deals when they are getting rid of last year's models.

    Sent from my SM-G998U using Bowhunting.com Forums mobile app
     
  10. Owen Darrow

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    When I started 3 years ago I bought a Bear bow at Cabelas and I'm still shooting it! You'll see them marked RTH which means ready to hunt. These bows are usually perfect for what your looking for and it was for me too. All you need after the bow package are arrows, a release, field tips for the arrows, a target, and a archery hex set. From there go get it paper tuned and rigged to your weight...go with 50lbs when you start so you can get your form good and not injure yourself. I would suggest starting off with arrows over 300 spine if you see yourself hunting at over 60lbs in the future. Go shoot and have fun.
     
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