Welcome aboard! All I can say is that your first two steps are good ones. I’ve only been around a short while, but there are a lot of nice folks willing to share the wealth of knowledge they’ve gathered over the years with you.
My older brother found a nice old Bear Kodiak at a flea market for $10. I went the other way and ordered a custom Java Man longbow that should get here some time in the spring.
There’ll be folks that know a lot more than me about good choices for you along directly.