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Old 10-23-2014, 12:00 AM   #11
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I've been thinking about picking up bow hunting for a few years now. But have repeatedly been turned off by the expense. My wife asked me last night why I didn't bow hunt and I showed her the expense. She was stunned. haha Anyway, a pawn/gun store has opened up next door to where I work. I went in for the first time today and Low and Behold!!! The have a used bow for $75. It's a really dusty PSE Strata-Flite. It has a sight, a quiver, and a drop away rest. What do you guys think? Worth the $75 to get started and see if this is something I want to mess with? I know there are started packages in the $400 range, but I'm just not willing to spend that on something I dont know if I will like or be proficient at... The draw length is a tad long, especailly if I use a release. But the draw weight is about perfect. I dont know what it is set at, but it is not uncomfortable. I drew a friends bow that was set at 80 or 90lbs (I dont remember which) and I could only pull it twice before I was too fatigued to draw it a third time.
Don't buy it. Instead, I'll give you my first bow to get you started. Granted, it is a Bear Whitetail 2,, but it was a bow most of us bow hunters have hunted with at some point in our life. It has killed a ton of deer. Let me know if you wanna grab it. Only thing I ask is that when you move up to a high dollar bow... Just give the ole Bear to someone else.
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Dang I thought I was doing good, you make me feel condescended on haha.
4 inches at 30 yards is a dead deer all day long.
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Dang I thought I was doing good, you make me feel condescended on haha.
I really didn't mean to come off like that... all I'm saying is, 4" is the difference in a deer dying within 25 yards, and trailing pin drop blood speks for 500 yards and not recovering the deer... if I make a bad shot, I want it to be 100% my fault and not have any question in my equipment.
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4 inches at 30 yards is a dead deer all day long.
No doubt he'll probably die... the question is will it be 50 yards or 500 yards from the stand?
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No doubt he'll probably die... the question is will it be 50 yards or 500 yards from the stand?
agreed. That's why I've honed my tracking skills. Just ask Joe.
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Your going to get several opinions on this one. Personally I would buy it. If properly set up the older bows can be extremely accurate. If you get it and decide you want to do more bow hunting then you can sell it and buy a more expensive bow. But, in my opinion, just cause a bow costs more doesn't always mean it will out shoot a cheaper bow. I have an older bow that I would trust to be just as accurate as any of the new bows. The key to accuracy is practice and more practice. Once you practice with your bow and get comfortable with it, you will be deadly accurate. Majority of bad shots are caused by human error, not equipment error.

Buy it then practice from different distances and heights.
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I'd go and buy a Diamond Infinite Edge. It has a huge adjustable draw length. 19-31 inches I believe... go to Broxons in Navarre, and have Mark or James measure your draw length, and set the bow up... after bow, release, arrows and broadheads, you're looking at $500ish.... my theory is, "buy once, cry once"
I'm just not going to spend $500 on something that I dont know that I'll like or be good at.... $500 would be about double the amount of money that I have invested in hunting equipment so far. I have a $150 muzzleloader, and another $100 in boots and camo... I dont use a stand, a 4 wheeler, golf cart, $1000 binoculars, etc. I've never found the need for them. I have more expensive guns, but I do not hunt with them. The ol' $150 smoke pole does the job every time. I'm just not one of those guys that buys the best equipment available. I am more of the type that buys the equipment that will get the job done. Then I spend the rest of the money on one of my three money pits (boats) haha

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Don't buy it. Instead, I'll give you my first bow to get you started. Granted, it is a Bear Whitetail 2,, but it was a bow most of us bow hunters have hunted with at some point in our life. It has killed a ton of deer. Let me know if you wanna grab it. Only thing I ask is that when you move up to a high dollar bow... Just give the ole Bear to someone else.
Now that sounds like a deal! Except one thing. I dont live in the P'cola area... I'm up in central Alabama. It would cost me more than the $75 to come down to get it. dang it! Unless you are willing to ship it?!?!

Is it draw adjustable? Apparently this PSE that I am looking at is not. And it is too long.... No point in buying a bow that doesn't fit...

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You can get by with finding a fairly inexpensive used bow and do just fine. $75 May be a little extreme unless you have just found an awesome buy. But there are plenty of used bows out there for far less than 500. With that being said you need to find out your proper draw length and make sure whatever you buy fits you properly. Just shoot as much as you can and find out your effective range and stay within your limits.
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Don't buy it. Instead, I'll give you my first bow to get you started. Granted, it is a Bear Whitetail 2,, but it was a bow most of us bow hunters have hunted with at some point in our life. It has killed a ton of deer. Let me know if you wanna grab it. Only thing I ask is that when you move up to a high dollar bow... Just give the ole Bear to someone else.
I used to have one of those. Great bows and can definately kill deer.
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Bummer. In that case, my advice is to wait. If I were you, I would spend $250-$300 on a used bow package that fits you. That way you will have a decent set up and you can unload it without a loss if you want to move up or just don't like it. There is a huge difference between an old bow and a newer one. I mean, the difference is massive! Bottom line, nobody wants a $75 bow. That's why it is $75.
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