Buying a Bow need recommendations


January 23, 2003, 01:55 PM
I have decided that I will start bow hunting this coming season. That will give me enogh time to practice and be prepared. I need recommendations on bows. Recurve or Compounnd? What pound of pull does it need to be for Whitetail?

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Snorkel Bob
January 23, 2003, 02:06 PM
Go with a compund, much more comfortable to hold at full draw. Soem will tell you that you need a bow with a draw weight of more than 60 pounds. I say anything that you can shoot reliably form 55-70 pounds works just fine. If you can pull and shoot the 70 just as well as the 55 then shoot it. Otherwise dont stress about only the pundage
if you want a baddass bow then check out Mattews Bows. Specially the Legacy or Q2. Damn sexy

January 23, 2003, 02:18 PM
I shot Bear, Golden Eagle, Jennings, and Browning over the years but never shot anything that compares to my Mathews SoloCam Legacy. Super bow and easy to shoot well but Mathews is VERY proud of them $$$.....

January 23, 2003, 02:40 PM
Compounds are easier to start bowhunting with and requires less practice than with a stickbow. My opionion only and many will not agree with it, but stickbows are better suited for hunting than compounds due to less gadgets and things than can go wrong while hunting. Also a stickbow can be drawn and arrow released on game alot quicker than a compound, much quieter also with little animal reaction to the string noise.

I solely hunt with and shoot a longbow. I enjoy the simplicity and challenge that shooting a stickbow represents. Personally the stickbow can be mastered with lots of practice, however its not for everyone.


January 23, 2003, 06:05 PM
Matthews are a great bow. My problem with them was the cost. The ones I looked at last year were double the cost of the others. I bought a Reflex split limb that has take two deer so far this year. It is accurate and shoots really fast(300 fps with Carbons). And only cost $350 fully loaded.

Good Luck with your Bow

January 23, 2003, 06:26 PM
I recommend Fred Bear bows. I have one and so does my dad. But the only thing I have gotten with mine so far is a rabbit. My dad shoots about 60lbs and I am increasing my lbs to about the same. I also thinks Matthews are great. I have a friend who shoots one. The only trouble as Kingcreek said is the price. My friend spent as much on his bow alone as I did for the bow, arrows, rests, etc.

January 23, 2003, 09:53 PM
I shoot a Golden Eagle that I prefer to any other bow out there. I have shot several Matthews and just am not impressed in the least. It is my opinion that you can get a bow as good or better for HALF the price. If I was not shooting a GE I would be shooting a Hoyt, they are probably the best bows on the market.

January 24, 2003, 01:06 PM
Check your local games laws regards what's the minimum draw weight. That's your local starting point.

A 45 lb recurve & decent broadhead will take anything in the world. A bit better poundage always helps.

Compounds shoot flatter than a recurve - all told, but most recurves are lighter to drag around the woods than most compounds.

The latest compounds are no doubt wonderful shooters & blow away most anything recurve, but do you really need it?

Depends on what you want to do.

Frankly, for everything I'd want to do, an ~50-55 lb draw recurve does everything quite well.

No doubt there's better & flatter shooters, but for the weight-to-what it does aspect, I'll just sit tight with my recurve & take anything I'd want.

Hunting skills do still apply. ;)

Jack T.
January 24, 2003, 01:22 PM
Mathews. .Only way to fly. . .

January 24, 2003, 02:19 PM
OK for any reply, or anything else.

I know for a fact that when I was just a mere scrape on this good earth, & 12-15 years old at that, I could take anything I wanted with a fiberglass 40 lb semi recurved bow. Bow-fishing rig & w/out that, I could still do deer - or anything else.

Hunting has nothing to do with your equipment. It has everything to do with your mindset.

Go buy good stuff, pratice/get good & you'll be able to take anything this world has to offer.

February 2, 2003, 01:45 PM
go to a full service shop that can set up up right, particularly if you get a compound. I have 2 recurves and a custom longbow, but I'd suggest a mid priced compound to start.

If you have plenty to spend, a Matthews is top-o-the-line. Lotsa bucks if it turns out to be the wrong one or wrong sport for you. Used bows are worth virtually nothing.

Personally, I'd start with a Bear. I have a real hard-core hunter friend that just got one. Very fast, very smooth, and very, very quiet.

Most guys get too much draw weight. My friend works in an archery dept. of the local shop. Has shot over a dozen deer with 55# draw weight.

Use open on impact broadheads. Makes tuning a breeze.

Join a league and shoot a, A LOT

I found a Jennings Airspeed on sale. $569 bow for $200. Deals are out there just like guns.

February 2, 2003, 03:04 PM
I'm just getting back into bow hunting. I sampled several bows and settled on a Matthews Q2. I really like it I have it set at 70lbs. It's the easiest bow I've ever shot. Very Accurate, fast and forgiving. They are expensive however.

Carlos Cabeza
February 4, 2003, 04:38 PM
I still shoot the same old Bear compound I bought in the eighties. It has taken many deer and I still get a laugh out of my friends when they see I still use it. The difference is it lacks the
"up to date" cam and limb technology BUT cost WAYYYYY! cheaper than those other guys bows. Get something you can easily afford and practice alot and then when you find that you enjoy bowhunting go for the GE or the Mattie.............

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