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November 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #8302
Been out of bowhunting for several years (at least 7) ever since I began travelling for my beginning Telecomm career at 19. Had a Martin Jaguar and loved that lil bow since it was light and smaller cam-to-cam to maneuver through brush, but grew out of it; I’m now 6’2″ with about a 32″ draw which maxed out the compact Jaguar easily. So I sold it a few years back and didn’t even think about looking for another bow until lately.
I’ve realized they’re outrageously expensive for anything moderately new and up to par with regulations along with my own wants/needs. I think my granddad paid around $700 for the bow fully tricked, carbon arrows and expanding broadheads, a belt quiver, and new camo shirt/bibs/coat when I was 14. Today, all that would cost well over $1000! What’s the deal?!
Much cheaper to go buy a new gun, scope, and over-priced Obama ammo these days. Not cool!November 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm #8463
Then it wouldn’t be bow hunting would it? Nothing is cheap anymore. The catch is if you buy a gun, scope, and over-priced Obama ammo you can’t bow hunt. Now if you want to hunt during archery season stop complaining, buy the right equipment, practice and go bow hunting. If you do I am sure you will have a great time. Try it you might like it.November 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm #8466
I think you’re missing the point airborne1, it’s nearly twice as expensive to bow hunt than gun hunt. And as I said in the start, I’ve bow hunted before, started with a bow when I was about 6, long before I ever had my own gun. Bow hunting is much more skill oriented and tests the true abilities as a hunter, I LOVE IT!
There’s no catch in buying a gun instead of a bow, other than the season is shorter. Maybe I’ll just pick up a recurve or longbow, I like to get back to basics and traditions. They seem to be much more reasonable in price anyway.
But I need to win a small lottery to buy a new compound bow with all the trimmings. That’s simply my point.November 6, 2013 at 10:56 am #8535
There are many good deals on guns or bows out there. One can spend $1,000s of dollars on a gun just as a bow. You can get a ready to hunt bow for $400-$500 same with a gun. It all depends on how many of the newest and greatest, expensive bells and whistles that you get, that are supposed to help you be a better hunter. You can spend $1,000s on a gun or bow, $1,000s on range finders, light gathering scopes, dressed in the newest carbon scent free camo and pay a guy $1,000s to lead you to some game animal tied to tree, does that make you a hunter? Not knocking that if that is what you want to do, but just saying you can hunt with a rock if you have to. How many of those bells and whistles do you actual need? It is nice to have a sub MOA at 200 or 300 yards gun, with a range finding, bullet drop compensating scope that you can count the ticks on the animal at that distance. Or a bow with the newest greatest can’t miss, lighted sights with latest drop away rest, lighted nock, micro honed, tuned, calibrated balanced multi blade broad head. Many a deer have been taken by guys with some old open sight 30-30 lever action, dressed in cowboy hat, in blue jeans, and cotton shirt, or with a recurve bow looking down the arrow to sight. You pay what you choose to pay and are as good as you practice to be, and the time you put into all your skills. Like I said not putting anybody down here, but that is the bottom line.November 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm #8578
Well lets see .I am still shooting all the arrows but the ones I killed deer with .Lets see now that was 9 years ago .And that is me and my son shooting the 2 dozen I bought .Must have around 1000 shots with them .And still have some of them still in the box new .My bow was bought right after hunting and was $100 of .That made it $295 .I still have some arrows that I shot comitition with that are over 20 years old .Do need to refletch them before I can shoot them .I have about 2 dozen of those .And when we bought the wife a new bow it was $326 out the door with everything ready to go with arrows .So the lower prices are out there and do the same job .
Well here I am .November 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm #8599
Just one word for holly’s post ; YEP !December 15, 2013 at 6:14 am #10351
look on ebay,i got a 2 yr old bow ,6 carbon arrows ,rest,quiver,release,and a hard case for $100 plus $49 shipping.i bought some more arrows for $50 so if you look, you will find what you want for the price you want to pay.good luckDecember 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm #10691
Bought a longbow! Decided to go old school!
Hopefully I don’t filet my arm too many times.February 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm #12320
Arm Guard need I say more.
Ok I started out with a fiberglass target bow around 9 years old. Stopped shooting for about 10 years or so and a buddy hooked me up with a compound bow.(it was too short for him) I shot it for 4 years had to replace it due to a fire (less then 400.00) shot it for about 4 more years and then won a new Champion bow in a raffle shot that a few more tears and decided that the latest and greatest gadgets every time something new came out was way too much. Now I shoot a PSE recurve I bought off E-Bay for less then 100.00 and arrows (cedar shafts) that I build my self, I still have less then 250.00 in
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