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    Hi- my son has really wanted to get into bow hunting (has been hunting with rifles) and we are looking for a first bow for Christmas. I would like something that he will be able to use for a long time. Can someone suggest a starting point to look for as far as brands that won’t break the bank but will still be quality? I appreciate any help with this, thanks for your time

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    Your 12 year old son will get bigger and stronger. In my opinion, having instructed numerous youths, some becoming world champions, your son may get two years out of a proper fitting bow even with draw length and draw weight changes. I have been out of the archery game for about 10 years so I can't recommend a bow. Go to a good archery shop or two for advise and sizing of your son.

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    • #3
      Mission Craze. Made by Mathews, run about $300 for the bare bow.
      My 14 year old son has been shooting his for 4 years, and my 12 year old daughter hers for 2 now, I believe hers is the Craze II.
      Draw length is adjustable from 19”-30” and draw weight goes from like 17#-70# as the draw length increases. Both my kids will be shooting these a long time. Only need an Allen key to adjust draw length on the cams which you can do yourself. You can accommodate arrow length for a few adjustments but eventually will need to replace those.

      I worked in a pro shop for 5 years back in the 90’s and have taught Bowhunter Ed for over 20 years.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
        Mission Craze. Made by Mathews, run about $300 for the bare bow.
        My 14 year old son has been shooting his for 4 years, and my 12 year old daughter hers for 2 now, I believe hers is the Craze II.
        Draw length is adjustable from 19”-30” and draw weight goes from like 17#-70# as the draw length increases. Both my kids will be shooting these a long time. Only need an Allen key to adjust draw length on the cams which you can do yourself. You can accommodate arrow length for a few adjustments but eventually will need to replace those.

        I worked in a pro shop for 5 years back in the 90’s and have taught Bowhunter Ed for over 20 years.
        BTW; the boy was 4’6” when he got his bow, is now 5’8” and growing daily. Have changed out arrows 3x so far and he’ll have new again next season. Buy a little heavy and long each time so he can get another adjustment before you have to by new again.

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        • #5
          Being a hater of technology and a die hard traditional shooter, I would say a longbow or a recurve to be the optimum starting point. I know not many (if any) will agree with me, but it is a very simplistic and basic archery concept. I started with a longbow at age 11 and worked into a recurve thru my teenage years. Technology has made archery almost extinct in the true word of the sport, but traditional bows are very gratifying to learn their use ! A traditional bow of 30-35 pound pull weight would be a good starting point, and would be in the price range of $150-200. Traditional bows can be 1 piece or takedown, custom made or production made, but either way are simple in basic form, simple to set up and keep in working order ! I think he will take pride in doing a form of hunting that not everyone else is doing. Good luck in your boy’s future which ever way you/he decide to go !

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          • #6
            I second Fitch's recommendation to look at the Mission line although it looks like the Craze has been replaced by the Hammr.

            The Hoyt Klash is about an extra $100 but it should be a good option as well. Good luck, you're going to have one happy kid Christmas morning!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DogGuy87 View Post
              I second Fitch's recommendation to look at the Mission line although it looks like the Craze has been replaced by the Hammr.

              The Hoyt Klash is about an extra $100 but it should be a good option as well. Good luck, you're going to have one happy kid Christmas morning!
              I’m not surprised they’ve changed models but that’s kind of the point, I haven’t had to look for a replacement.?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                Being a hater of technology and a die hard traditional shooter, I would say a longbow or a recurve to be the optimum starting point. I know not many (if any) will agree with me, but it is a very simplistic and basic archery concept. I started with a longbow at age 11 and worked into a recurve thru my teenage years. Technology has made archery almost extinct in the true word of the sport, but traditional bows are very gratifying to learn their use ! A traditional bow of 30-35 pound pull weight would be a good starting point, and would be in the price range of $150-200. Traditional bows can be 1 piece or takedown, custom made or production made, but either way are simple in basic form, simple to set up and keep in working order ! I think he will take pride in doing a form of hunting that not everyone else is doing. Good luck in your boy’s future which ever way you/he decide to go !
                If he just was looking to get his son started it would be one thing, but this is a Christmas gift, better to get the boy what he wants.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 99explorer
                  I haven't handled a traditional bow in many years.
                  Do you still get slapped on the wrist by the string?
                  Not if your form is correct. I shoot my recurve without a arm guard, never have a problem !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                    Being a hater of technology and a die hard traditional shooter, I would say a longbow or a recurve to be the optimum starting point. I know not many (if any) will agree with me, but it is a very simplistic and basic archery concept. I started with a longbow at age 11 and worked into a recurve thru my teenage years. Technology has made archery almost extinct in the true word of the sport, but traditional bows are very gratifying to learn their use ! A traditional bow of 30-35 pound pull weight would be a good starting point, and would be in the price range of $150-200. Traditional bows can be 1 piece or takedown, custom made or production made, but either way are simple in basic form, simple to set up and keep in working order ! I think he will take pride in doing a form of hunting that not everyone else is doing. Good luck in your boy’s future which ever way you/he decide to go !
                    I do not see anything in his question that states one way or the other as to what the boy wants, other than to get into bow hunting ! So who says it has to be other than traditional archery ? As far as I know, traditional is still bow hunting !

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                    • #11
                      Diamond Infinite Edge Pro is one I can recommend from my own experience. You can adjust draw weight from 5 up to 70 lbs, and draw length from 13" - 31", so as your boy shoots up and fills out the bow can keep up. It seems well made and shoots well too, and can be had in ready-to-shoot form for about $300-odd, including rest, 3-pin sight, stabiliser and bag. You'll need a release and some arrows (the place I bought from included these). A target too, if you don't have one, so the boy can practice.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                        Being a hater of technology and a die hard traditional shooter, I would say a longbow or a recurve to be the optimum starting point. I know not many (if any) will agree with me, but it is a very simplistic and basic archery concept. I started with a longbow at age 11 and worked into a recurve thru my teenage years. Technology has made archery almost extinct in the true word of the sport, but traditional bows are very gratifying to learn their use ! A traditional bow of 30-35 pound pull weight would be a good starting point, and would be in the price range of $150-200. Traditional bows can be 1 piece or takedown, custom made or production made, but either way are simple in basic form, simple to set up and keep in working order ! I think he will take pride in doing a form of hunting that not everyone else is doing. Good luck in your boy’s future which ever way you/he decide to go !
                        Fair enough, but I’m guessing the kid is thinking compound.
                        Could be worse, like video games!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DanielM View Post
                          Diamond Infinite Edge Pro is one I can recommend from my own experience. You can adjust draw weight from 5 up to 70 lbs, and draw length from 13" - 31", so as your boy shoots up and fills out the bow can keep up. It seems well made and shoots well too, and can be had in ready-to-shoot form for about $300-odd, including rest, 3-pin sight, stabiliser and bag. You'll need a release and some arrows (the place I bought from included these). A target too, if you don't have one, so the boy can practice.
                          Diamond is owned by Bowtech, another quality manufacturer. Good recommendation.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                            Being a hater of technology and a die hard traditional shooter, I would say a longbow or a recurve to be the optimum starting point. I know not many (if any) will agree with me, but it is a very simplistic and basic archery concept. I started with a longbow at age 11 and worked into a recurve thru my teenage years. Technology has made archery almost extinct in the true word of the sport, but traditional bows are very gratifying to learn their use ! A traditional bow of 30-35 pound pull weight would be a good starting point, and would be in the price range of $150-200. Traditional bows can be 1 piece or takedown, custom made or production made, but either way are simple in basic form, simple to set up and keep in working order ! I think he will take pride in doing a form of hunting that not everyone else is doing. Good luck in your boy’s future which ever way you/he decide to go !
                            :-) !

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                            • #15
                              Diamond archery
                              Mission archery
                              Bear
                              All three make bows that would work for you you would have to have him try them and see what he is comfortable with. I would also suggest the mission.

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