I’ve hunted for a number of years with several different types of compound bow. For a new challenge/experience, I decided to hunt with a recurve. I did a lot of research and was in the same boat as you…I couldn’t justify paying a fortune for a recurve that I may not even enjoy hunting with. Long story short, I purchased a Bear Kodiak Magnum, @ 50 lbs. a few years ago. I’ve killed a few deer with it and have enjoyed carrying the recurve (it’s amazingly light to carry compared to the good old compound).
I do still hunt with both a compound and recurve, and enjoy both, but it sure is fun to target shoot (including arial targets, etc.) with the recurve. It’s a hoot. I have a feeling that you will enjoy it too.