Originally Posted by Where's Bruce?
There bound to be a bow shop that sells used bows, has demo bows and has a range so you can try a variety models before selecting one to purchase. Go get measured, play with several bows and then buy the one that feels best. After just a few lessons you will see I big improvement. Get your form down, find your sweet spot and enjoy. Try to explain to the bow shop guys what you like and dislike about each bow...this will assist in directing to the one that best suits you. I like a deep valley and 65lb draw but you may prefer something very different. The type of bow you buy also depends on the type of shooting you intend to do. Hunting, 3d or target.
I got the addresses of some pro shops in my area. So I have a starting point. If you guys could help me with a few more questions, I'd feel more confident walking into a shop without wondering whether I'm going to walk out with stuff/lesson packages I don't need:
-- How much should I expect to pay for instruction?
-- How many hours of instruction do I need before I can go on my own? You said "a few lessons." Is that a few hours, or are we talking about a few weekends (say, 32 hours?).
For FIREARMS, I had little trouble locating courses (the basic NRA variety as well as defensive and competitive shooting). But for some reason, I can't find archery classes that easily.
I assume each archer develops and his equipment preferences develop with him. With pistol, I starting out thinking I liked Springfield XDs, until I started shooting a 1911. And the rest is a long love affair.