There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a hunting bow. By following these guidelines you're sure to have many hours of enjoyment.
First, consider your budget - A good hunting bow can range anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Usually the high-end items are very specialized which you probably won't need but do purchase the best you can reasonably afford for your purposes.
Consider your physical size and strength- a man of average size might comfortably have a pull of 60 lbs. or so on a compound bow. Take an honest assessment of yourself. For the guys this is no time to be macho. Although there are hunting bows with a pull of up to 100 lbs. you certainly wouldn't want to have to strain yourself while perched in a tree stand. It's not worth taking a chance of losing your balance and falling.
Consider your source - Although many department stores carry hunting bows try to steer clear of these. Often times the staff isn’t knowledgeable enough to help you make a good purchasing decision. If you take your hunting seriously, as you should, you don't want to hit the bargain basement.
Search for an archery shop in your area. You may have to drive a ways but the trip will be well worth it. In addition to an expert staff many also have an archery range for practice. You'll also appreciate the opportunity to meet other bow hunters in your area who can be good mentors and friends.
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Since these shops specialize in archery they will be passionate about assisting you in choosing the right bow for your size, strength, budget, and needs. They'll measure your draw length--how far your arms are apart when the string is pulled back. They'll set up the arrow rest so that it is true and also align the sights and set the nocks. All of this takes some time so be prepared to spend a few hours there.
When you walk out of the shop with your new hunting choice you'll be assured that it fits you like a new pair of custom-fit shoes!
Unless of course you're an experienced archer, you won't be able to shoot bulls eye right away. That comes with a lot of practice. Weather permitting try to put in some practice time each day to keep you sharp and strong. Limit your practice sessions to 15-20 at a time so you don't get too fatigued. As your arm begins to get tired you're likely to use poor form to compensate.
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One final but important note: Please practice safety above all else. Make sure your range is clear and be aware of others in the area. It's best to keep small children and pets that aren't trained for hunting indoors since they can be unpredictable and might run onto the range unexpectedly.
Two good magazines that you should checkout are Bow Hunting and Bow Hunting World
Be safe and happy hunting!
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