When I was a kid, I had a little fiberglass recurve bow. I can’t remember much about it, but it was similar to the little JetBow that Wee Bot has now. I kept it strung with whatever piece of twine I could find that was stout enough that it wouldn’t snap when I drew it. I never had any real arrows, only pieces of dowel rod with the tips ground to a point. I didn’t even bother cutting a nock into the back of my “arrows”. And yet, I slew many a dry leaf or cardboard box with that crappy little bow. At some point, it broke in a way that made it not worth fixing, and it went to the garbage. I didn’t think much about archery since then until recently.
Right now I’m thinking about next year’s deer seasons. As I’ve been studying Oklahoma’s hunting regulations, it looks like we’ve got all of four weeks a year (including antlerless holiday season) that we can shoot a deer with a gun, and one week for a muzzle loader. By comparison, archery season spans two and a half months! This has me thinking about archery again.
The problem is, I don’t know anything about bows. Money is as tight as ever right now, so I really can’t afford to waltz into the local sporting shop and lay wads of cash on the counter for some slick, brand-new, guaranteed deer slayer. In fact, the closer to free I can get is going to advantageous. It looks like prices on used bows are quite reasonable on Craig’s List. The problem is that I don’t really know anything about these things.
The Wildlife Department dictates a 40-lb minimum draw, which seems to include any compound bow on the market made for grown-ups. I’ve seen some ads from people that I would be hesitant to do business with based entirely on their grammar and spelling, and other ads that are for a bow in a bag. As in, if you can put this thing back together, you’ll probably have a pretty decent bow! That sounds like it could be fun one day, but not for my first one, thanks.
So, how about some recommendations? Any brands or models that I should specifically avoid? Any features that are particularly noteworthy? Do you have something serviceable in the back of a closet that really ought to get a new, loving home? All donations are graciously accepted. You, my readers, are the smartest people on the planet, so let’s hear what you have to say about it. Thanks in advance!