My neighbor is a hunter and I finally have talked him into getting a bow to try it out. He only wants to spend 300 or under for the whole bow setup...he may not like bowhunting (although I don't see how that is possible). So what should I suggest for him to get? I looked on the classifieds here and on AT and don't really know much about the lower end/cheaper starter bows. Please help me get someone started in our great sport!
Tell him to splurge on a Martin Bengal or Cheetah (400.00 NEW).
There are alot of excellent bows out there that are 3 - 4 years old and going for 200.00 or less for bare bow. 100 - 150.00 in accessories should get him to hunting level assuming he gets some good deals
I've set up 2 of my friends for less then 500.00 total and one for less then 300.00 total, all with good setups that would work for hunting without a doubt.
I just talked to my shop and they have a couple PSE Nova's and a few other starter bows. I will just take him up there and let him try some out...hopefully he won't make the mistake of shooting the PSE and then trying a Drenalin or Alliegance off the wall. The night may be more expensive than he wanted it to be.
The Bear Element is very nice for the money. You may also want to check out the Mission X3. I have not shot the Mission yet but have heard they are very nice bows. Don't you just love helpin a new archer out and possibly gaining a hunting buddy. He may have access to some awesome land.
Good older bowtechs came be gotten cheap. Just worked out a deal on a 04 Pro40 for 200, but target colors
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I like what Bellows says, a few years old, cream of the crop bow. MQ1, Rival Pro, Pro Tec, Ultratec, Pro 40, etc etc. Figure out his draw lenth first or get something that is adjustable. $200-250 gets you a good bow.
I think Mono's bows are a little over 300 but they are awesome! My buddy bought one and loves it. For the price they are definately some excellent shooting bows, heck even if they were 200+ more they would still be awesome and he has about 20 different bows to address any need you've got.
And he gets the Dredly seal of approval for being an outstanding guy to deal with!