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    I am trying to find a bow for my husband for Christmas. He has never bow hunted before but would like to try. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for something he may or may not get into. Here are a few of the (used) bows I am considering. Can anyone offer any advice about which seem like good bows and/or good deals? I do not know the year on most of them. The information is all directly from the sellers, so I apologize if it's redundant or if there are any discrepancies.

    I measured my husband's arm span (73.5) and figured he would need around a 29" draw (29.2-29.6). Are most bows listed at 28", 29", or 30" range adjustable to his specific length or only ones that give a range for the length?

    1) PSE Polaris Game Sport Series $159
    "may be an older bow"

    2) Martin Tracer LT $175
    55-70#, 29", with hard case & quiver

    3) Parker Buck Hunter $200
    70#, 28-30"

    4) Fred Bear Element $249
    60#, 28"
    "about 3 years old"

    5) Browning Spectrum II $160
    60#+, 29-32", 65% let off, overdraw, soft case
    "about 4-5 years old"

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    I don't know anything about the bows listed. PSE, Parker and Martin are all good brands. I had an older Browning last spring that I really liked but Browning is bottom of the barrel for brands. I would suggest taking him to a shop and seeing if they have some used bows you can have him try. Then he can find something he likes and you might be able to find a nice package deal they can set him up for that day.
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    i had a parker buck hunter and really liked it out of the bows listed the only one i have used but you cant beat the parker for a starter bow
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    Quote Originally Posted by CluelessWife View Post
    I am trying to find a bow for my husband for Christmas. He has never bow hunted before but would like to try. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for something he may or may not get into. Here are a few of the (used) bows I am considering. Can anyone offer any advice about which seem like good bows and/or good deals? I do not know the year on most of them. The information is all directly from the sellers, so I apologize if it's redundant or if there are any discrepancies.

    I measured my husband's arm span (73.5) and figured he would need around a 29" draw (29.2-29.6). Are most bows listed at 28", 29", or 30" range adjustable to his specific length or only ones that give a range for the length?

    1) PSE Polaris Game Sport Series $159
    "may be an older bow"

    2) Martin Tracer LT $175
    55-70#, 29", with hard case & quiver

    3) Parker Buck Hunter $200
    70#, 28-30"

    4) Fred Bear Element $249
    60#, 28"
    "about 3 years old"

    5) Browning Spectrum II $160
    60#+, 29-32", 65% let off, overdraw, soft case
    "about 4-5 years old"
    pse is what fits me the best but i cant tell you what to buy for youre hubby. good luck in finding the right one
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    Of those bows listed, the one that stand out is the Parker but I'd rather see a new shooter start out with a 60 lbs DW than a 70. Even if he is a big guy, 70 lbs is pretty heavy for someone who's new to archery and could very easily lead to bad habits.

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    i would try to find a used bear lights out, it is a great starter bow, i had one and it shot very well for the price, i have shot and hunted with many different bows i used to shoot pse and loved it until i switched to bear. Im currently shooting a bear truth 2 it is my favorite bow by far.

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    hey, I don't want to go against anything anyone else is saying but something to consider is buying a brand that is sold at your local bow shop. I travel for a living and I have visted alot of bow shops and I have found that if you have a pse and the shop carries hoyt chances are he wont have any parts in stock and won't be that interested in getting any for you due to the fact that shop doesnt deal with the manufactuer of your bow. I'm not saying every shop is like that but I have encountered shops that had zero interest in helping me for one reason or another which utimatly related back to the fact that they didnt carry my bow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CluelessWife View Post
    I am trying to find a bow for my husband for Christmas. He has never bow hunted before but would like to try. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for something he may or may not get into. Here are a few of the (used) bows I am considering. Can anyone offer any advice about which seem like good bows and/or good deals? I do not know the year on most of them. The information is all directly from the sellers, so I apologize if it's redundant or if there are any discrepancies.

    I measured my husband's arm span (73.5) and figured he would need around a 29" draw (29.2-29.6). Are most bows listed at 28", 29", or 30" range adjustable to his specific length or only ones that give a range for the length?

    1) PSE Polaris Game Sport Series $159
    "may be an older bow"

    2) Martin Tracer LT $175
    55-70#, 29", with hard case & quiver

    3) Parker Buck Hunter $200
    70#, 28-30"

    4) Fred Bear Element $249
    60#, 28"
    "about 3 years old"

    5) Browning Spectrum II $160
    60#+, 29-32", 65% let off, overdraw, soft case
    "about 4-5 years old"
    You'll need a bow that had adjustable modules rather that having to change a module, sounds like the Tracer is like that, 29", the PSE may be as well. appears that the other 3 do have adjustable modules, and you can turn the Parker down more than 10 lbs. Grandson has a Parker Sidekick, when I changed the limbs, it was ten turns out until the string was slack, 17 to remove the bolt.. JMO
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    I hope you have found what you looking for as a Beginner Bow Package.
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    Strikes me as she's the not so CluelessWife, and getting an early start for hubby's christmas bow.

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