The bow is a great tool. You can hunt or just have target practice. But soon after you will have many questions. What type of bow? Quick release or not? What kind of arrows? What style? This guide should help you get started.
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Step 1: What Type of Bow
There are two types of bows compound and recurve. Compound is more complicated and harder to repair but is more power for less draw. The recurve is simpler and easy to use but it requires more strength to draw. Personally I would recommend the compound for it's ease of use.
Step 2: A Quick Release or Not
The quick release is a great tool. It makes any bow easy to draw and release. It saves the inside of your fingers on and 80 lbs bow.
Step 3: What Type of Arrows
There are 2 main types of arrows aluminum or carbon. Aluminum arrows are expensive only recommended for hunting. Carbon arrows are cheap but are good for practice. Then there is an arrow head. For target practice use an field point but if you are hunting use a broad head.
Step 4: Style
Drawing the bow right can be the difference between shooting a good shot or skinning your arm. When you start it is important to be relaxed. Have the bow facing the ground with your arrow notched. Then draw your bow as you bring it up to your face. Make sure you do not hold it to long or you will put much strain on your arm. While aiming account for drop over distance. Finally when you release just let go.
Step 5: Enjoy
Bows are a good investment. You can practice and or go hunting. Bows are great for hunting for they actually add challenge. But also my community center has monthly bow shooting competitions. This bow cost me a total of 275$ including arrows and quick release.