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Hello all,
So I am a 'never before been hunting' kinda guy. Im a 26 (27 in Sept.)soldier stationed at Ft. Polk, and am looking to buy my first bow. There is this one problem, I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THE HECK TO LOOK FOR.

So Im asking for some serious opinion, I have done a lot of research and know I need to find out a few things before I even buy a bow, but I also know a few things I am looking for. I want to shoot carbon arrows, I want to have the adjustable LBS that I see most compounds offer.

I'm wondering where and what would be the best place to really get into this. Should I look for a complete package, or just bow? Is there a good bow to start with? When I look into that I get junior bows. Just some general information would be helpful.

Thanks
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bass pro shops
bass pro shops in denham springs would probably be able to set you up
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New Bow
Chuteem,

I work here on Fort Polk myself. The best place for you to go in this area is Starr Pawn and Gun on Entrance road. They have a lot of bows in stock and have all the goodies and experience you will need to get set up properly. If you want me to help you learn to shoot I can help you with that. There is an archery range on Fort Polk you can shoot at. Deer hunting on Polk is pretty good so you ought to have a chance to shoot your first one this Fall.

Dan
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money
it can be an expensive hobby, you would probably do better buying a good used bow, make sure you like it before you jump in with both feet buying a $1200 bow
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bow
Go to the nearest bow shop. They will steer you in a good direction. Probably won't find a 'combo' package, because the arrows need to be cut for your specific draw length. All bow shops will do this for you. A good price range for a starter bow is around $300 to $400. This should get you a bow with a rest, site, and quiver. You will then only need a release and arrows with field tips and broadheads. My first bow (and only bow) is a Parker Wildfire XP. Don't let anyone lead you into beleiving that you need to pull 70+ lbs. I shoot 58 lbs. My bow has a lb range of 50 to 60 lbs. Anyone that brags that he pulls a big weight probably has a small part of his body to make up for. If you can't shoot without looking like a spastic ninja the deer will spook. The arrow speed of the bow is kind of important, but more just a marketing thing. Shooting is fun. I shoot 3D and hunt.
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Good First Bow
I know this was posted back in April. If you're still looking for a bow. PSE makes a really nice bow. They are a little more than Diamond. However, they are smoother than diamond and shoot really good. I have a Bow Madness and I love it!. If you only want to spend $500 I would get a Diamond outlaw. Hope this helps.

Louisianaboy23
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bow
A good bow to start out with is a mission by mathews I just got one and I love it. What's nice is its affordable and is very easy to draw back with out a problem. Very nice bows.
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chutem dead
I hunt on polk and live on north fort. I bought my first new bow since 2000 at Starr Pawn Gun an Archery. They set me up and gave me a bit of a deal. Dont forget your military discount. ;) I got the PSE Brute HP, great bow. Ever want to get out and about let me know I'd love to get out and find some new signs of life out here.
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Bow vs. Bow
I bought my first bow when I was 16. 26 yrs ago. The bow was an old bear. $50 bucks from a yard sale. I was 25 when I decided to start bowhunting. I slapped on a $75 sight, a $35 rest and some aluminum arrows and it was on. I made my first bow kill on the evening of opening day. Then my job took all my time until mid gun season.
The next year, I found a good used Matthews Ultra Light with no rigging. Fortunately I had everything I needed. For the last 16 years, I have shot only Matthews Bows. I'm on my 2nd new one and if the Good Lord is willing I will shooting it for another 8-10 yrs. Point is. You can find a good used one from an individual already rigged out. Soon you will have a years experience and can decide what you want. Everybody has there favorites. Mine is a Matthews.
Good Luck
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I have a High Country for sale
If you just want a starter bow that will last a couple of years I have a high country archery bow that i just quit using this past year. I killed three deer with it last year and I have another one that I will throw in, because is hard to find the parts for them anymore. This bow is ready to shoot with sights and all. Let me know if you are intrested $150.
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