buying a bow on a budget

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by irishangler, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. irishangler

    irishangler New Member

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    I'm looking to increase my time in the woods and am searching for a good bow but don't want to spend the dollars that the top-of-the-line bows cost. I've read the customer reviews for the Martin Bengal at Cabela's and this seems to be the best option so far. For $450 I get the bow, sight, whisker biscuit rest, mini-coil stabilizer, and peep sight. The bow is rated at 315 fps. What do you think? Are any of you using bows that don't cost an arm and a leg? If so, give me some recommendations. I usually take my biggest bucks during early muzzleloader season but have seen a bunch of my friends kill some monsters during bow season. With daylight savings time now extended into early November I have time during the next bow season to hunt 2 or 3 hours after work. Thanks for your tips.

    Mike
     
  2. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    irishangler, if you have a bow shop around you , you will be better off going there. One thing about a bow is it needs to fit you. Draw length, right or left handed, Lbs. Let me add that you do not need 80lbs to kill a deer. My sons frist deer was shot will a bow that pulled 38lbs. the deer ran maybe 40 yards and expired. You will see a letoff on the bow this is how many lbs you will be halding after you pull the string back all the way. The best thing would be for your friends to help you get set up or find someone that teaches bow hunting Safety in your area. Hope this helps as it is easyer than I make it sound. I have shot a bow for over 45 years and see to many quite because they got a bow that did not fit them . Good Luck.
     

  3. irishangler

    irishangler New Member

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    Wolfdog, Thanks for the tip. I followed your advice and went to a local hunting/outfitter shop that comes highly recommended. Chris, the archery specialist, spent plenty of time with me to find a bow within my price range and adjusting it to fit. I'm a big 'ol boy, 6' 4", 240 lbs, and I can tell you that a fitted bow is much easier to draw, hold and release than one that isn't. I wound up buying a Hoyt Avenger set up with 70-lb pull and a 31" draw. I'd shot my bro-in-law's bow quite a bit last year, but he's 5'10" with much shorter arms. I never realized how much more accurate you are with a full draw when you can feel it anchored on your cheek. Thanks again.

    Mike
     
  4. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    I hope you shoot a long time. I have been shooting for a long time and have seen too many people quit and I know they would have loved to bowhunt if WalMart had stayed out of it. Cheap is not allways best. The Best of Luck to you enjoy.
     
  5. Carp Killer

    Carp Killer New Member

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    Very good decision on going to a pro shop.You will be much happier in the long run!!!Martin does make a very good bow also but you need fitted to whatever kind of bow you would have bought.Happy shooting.
     
  6. Angler4life

    Angler4life New Member

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    I havn't personally shot a Martin, but if Ted Nugent shoots it, it has to be okay. LOL. I talked my friend into buying a 2008 Fred Bear Lights Out this year. It is a great bow for the money. My next bow may be a Fred Bear. He bought a package for around $460, and everything that came on it has been sufficient for him to shoot extremely accurate with it. You definitely won't be disappointed with this bow.
     
  7. irishangler

    irishangler New Member

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    Practice pays off! I've been shooting for about a half-hour each evening since I got my bow and felt confident enough to take it to the woods. I took a day off last Friday and hit the woods with my bow for some spring gobbler hunting. I had a gobbler answer around 7:30 a.m. and got my hen decoys in place and then set up behind a big downed tree. About 15 minutes later the gobbler came strutting into the small clearing. He finallly made his way closer to the decoys and after he passed by my position he again got into a full strut. He was barely 10 yards away with his back to me. I had time to draw and stand up. He finally relaxed his feathers and dropped his fan and I put a Spitfire Gobbler-Getter mechanical broadhead into the middle of his back. This is one great broadhead. It's got a blunt point and mechanical blades. It didn't go completely through but sure cut a big hole. The gobbler wasn't all that big and had only a 6-inch beard and decent spurs, but it was my first with a bow. The whole experience was so much better than shotgunning. I'm hoping this wasn't beginner's luck because I'm heading back to the woods on Saturday. And I can't wait for deer season! Hopefully, I'll add another post then. Thanks everyone for the tips on bows.
     
  8. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    Great Job!!! Glad you are doing so good and sticking with it. You get the chance try 3d shooting for fun, it will help build you up and get to know yardages. Just don't get to much into the game.

    You are doing GREAT!!!!
     
  9. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Hey! Great Job!! Any turkey with a bow is a trophy!! And to do it without a blind?:worship: Boy that's awesome!! I tried turkey hunting without a blind my first year, I only had one shot opportunity and blew it. The next year I bought a blind and up my odds 100%. Anyhow Congrats and straight shooting!!:big_smile:
     
  10. BailBonds

    BailBonds New Member

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    GREAT job irishangler. I've bow killed a bunch of deer and a couple of coyotes but never a turkey. I have to drive an hour or two to go turkey hunting and the season is during my busy work season. Glad you took the good advice to get the correct bow. You did yourself a favor and all good bow hunters too. Bow hunting has been given a bad rap because of guys that don't do it right and end up wounding deer. Now get better for deer season. And never go bow hunting green without practicing before every season no matter how skilled you get. Those muscles need a tune up before season. When that 180 class deer steps behind a tree and stops for 30sec when you are full draw you'll be glad you have conditioned those muscles. Good broadheads and accuracy are far more important than draw weight.
     
  11. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Great advice! I know for a fact everyone that bow hunts should practice year around. Not right before season!! Practicing year around keeps your muscle memory and form intact. Remember. Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect!! Straight shooting!!:wink:
     
  12. irishangler

    irishangler New Member

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    Thanks for the tips. I've been practicing every evening but not overdoing it. I shoot until my form starts to break down and I stop. I don't want to groove bad habits. My neighbors are starting to worry about me, especially when they see me standing on a folding ladder atop my back deck shooting at a 3-D target.
     
  13. derail

    derail New Member

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    Congrats on your bird and new bow. Your hooked for life now.:big_smile:
     
  14. madcater

    madcater New Member

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    ya i shoot my new bowteck tomcat at least 20 to 30 arrows a day try to stay in shape