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    • sotex81
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      Hello I am new to this fourm and to bowhunting. I have been a Hunter,fisherman,and outdoorsman most of my life but would like to get into archery and bowhunting now i am looking for any sugestions on first time bows and any tips. I am looking for something that i can target shoot and bowhunt also I am on a budget so would like to keep it under $500.00.
      Thank You for your help.

    • David Petersen
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      Sotex — Can you give us more info? Any idea what weight you want to pull, or your draw length? What’s the biggest game you’d be hunting? If there’s a traditional archery shop within reach, that’s the best bet to try different weights, etc. Or someone in your area who is experienced. Lacking that, I suggest you do some reading before you start buying. There are many great archery and bowhunting books but for a beginning, for my money, I’d start with T.J. Conrads’, advertised in the magazine and somewhere on this site if you fish around. Welcome and best luck. dave

    • sotex81
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      Thank You sir for your help, as far as the largest game that I would be hunting it would be mostly whitetail and feral hogs. Most of the time it would be hogs because there are so many down here. I would like a bow with not to heavy of pull to start with so that I could learn with. I have another question what is the major difference between Long bows and recurves as far as hunting. Thank You once again for the book advise.

    • Rocks
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      Sotex – David has some good advice, read lots, and if there is an archery store nearby go in and get them to string up a few bows to pull, you’ll get an idea what draw weight feels good.

      Like you I’m a long time hunter but new to trad bow hunting. The internet has been a great source of information for me, I’ve found answers to all my questions online. I did order TJ Conrads book and am looking forward to reading it.

      I don’t know if your state has a minimum draw weight for a hunting bow, here in Alberta we do, it is 40#. I bought a 40# bow and it is nice to shoot, I can pull it for hours easily. I would say any bow in the low 40’s would be a good starter.

      I don’t think there’s a big difference in longbows and recurves. For me it was just aesthetics, the longbows appealed to me more, and I have bought two in the last couple months.

      You should be able to get a great bow for under $500. Don’t forget you are going to need some accesories – arrows, field points, broadheads, a tab or glove, quiver, stringer, target(s), string silencers, etc.

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