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Old 03-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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My oldest son (Age 14 and taller than me) is interested in archery. I'm thinking it's not a bad skill to have myself. Unfortunately, the price of bows makes firearms look affordable.

I saw some decent training kits at Bass Pro Shops the other day that were all in the $185 to $225 range. That's more what I was hoping to find but not sure if that's really a good price. I'm looking for something fairly cheap for learning purposes as I don't want to spend $500 and find out neither one of us really has the aptitude. At the same time I'm willing to spend a little money for some "hands on" experience and depending on how that goes we may even look for a local instructor.

Any recommendations on a decent starter bow that won't break the bank?

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Find a store in your area with a knowledgeable staff. There are many questions you need to answer. What type of bow are you looking for? What will you use it for? What is the draw length and poundage you need/want? What kind of arrows will you use?
Check out Lancaster archery for some bow options.

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Two big considerations for smaller and beginning archers are 1) draw weight, for obvious reasons and 2) brace height (distance from bow string to arrow rest), the longer the brace height, the more forgiving the bow.

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I'd recommend dealing with a professional archery shop with personnel who hunt and shoot archery. Even if you have to pay a little more.

A bow is a very personal tool that needs to fit its user. I wouldn't trust just any "sporting goods" employee to know how to determine proper draw length, draw weight, arrow length and spine, releases, etc. Deal with someone equipped to deal with your questions and concerns. And yes, spending a bit on some good instruction will definitely pay off.

Archery is a great sporting activity whether you both hunt or not, and a good excuse to spend some quality time with your son.

I guess I just basically expanded on mountainman13's points, but they're good ones!

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The diamond razors edge made by bow tech.$320 range. Mine shoots great. 30-60 lb draw adjustment. Lightweight fit for youth to adult.

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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll have to look around for a specialty shop, but this being DFW I'm sure there is one somewhere.

I'm not knocking my local Sporting Goods stores at all, but they do seem kind of "skinny" when it comes to archery. The Bass Pro Shop has a fairly impressive selection but no one working the counter. Says a lot right there, especially when they almost always have someone working the knife counter when I walk in, even if there is no one around.

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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll have to look around for a specialty shop, but this being DFW I'm sure there is one somewhere.

I'm not knocking my local Sporting Goods stores at all, but they do seem kind of "skinny" when it comes to archery. The Bass Pro Shop has a fairly impressive selection but no one working the counter. Says a lot right there, especially when they almost always have someone working the knife counter when I walk in, even if there is no one around.
MOst big box stores don't really have any one that actually knows ANYTHING about bows. Another alternative is you can do some some homework and buy used. Now that bow models change more often than car styles there are plenty of folks unloading bows that are only a few years old for a fraction of their original price to get the latest wiz-bang out there. Many of these bows are hardly used and you can get some really sweet deals on some very high end equipment.
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I would suggest looking into the winchester brand of bows. I bought the "thunderbolt" for my youngest and it has quite a bit of adjustment built into it.

IIRC it stretches from 13-29 inch draw length and runs from 20 lb draw up to 50lb. I want to say it was $300 all set up with lanyard, whisker biskit, peep and pin sights.

Winchester makes AMAZINGLY good bow. My buddy bought one of the adult versions and it is FAST and extremely quiet...if i handt already bought my new bow the season before i would have gotten one for me.

But as others have said...find a GOOD archery shop in your area. Big box store like Dicks or Gander SUCK!

Good luck!

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