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Compound bow VS. Crossbow. witch is better. I am 13 years old and 5' 2 1/2" and I am thinking about buying the SA Sports Fever Crossbow Package or Barnett Vortex 45-Pounds Youth Archery Bow. Witch is better. I just want something cheap and simple.

from Noah Prail on 06.23.13

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from Noah Prail wrote 34 weeks 1 day ago

Thank you all.
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from HuntingEditor wrote 42 weeks 1 day ago

Something else to think about... which is the better longer-term investment. It's easier to buy a crossbow that you'll be able to shoot now, and into the future, which makes the case for spending a little more and buying a quality crossbow. It's less easy to buy a compound that's going to keep up with your growth.These other comments are bang-on: you'll be able to get proficient with a crossbow easier than with a compound, but if you really like the tradition, challenge, and art of archery, then I think you'll be more rewarded with the compound.
Andrew McKean

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 42 weeks 1 day ago

MWK_MN, just talked to the guy i know who went fishing on Lake of the Woods ( two or three weeks ago), He said they caught their limits both days and had decent weather, hopefully the fishing is finally picking up.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

Like both huntfish and JM have said, it all depends what you are using it for and what you want out of it. Most states are now legal with the use of crossbows, as arguementative as that is. Personal opinion is that a compound bow is gonna take more skill and MAYBE feel a little more rewarding when you get that first kill with it than a crossbow. Cheap crossbows are also really tough to keep anchored so I hear which could be a problem a guy of your age getting hurt with your back and shoulder muscles not fully conditioned yet; so for either choice make sure you really exercise before you start drawing back. There are many compound bows out there that you can get cheap too. Look on ebay, a used Goldeneagle bow is an excellent starter bow just to get your bearing on the sport. Make sure you take it to an archery store and get it set up perfectly for you. One common issue is hunters getting big heads thinking you need to pull back 60-70 pounds to get the job done on a big game animal. Not true and in fact you'll shoot about 10 times practicing and feel like you ran a marathon. 45-50 is plenty to do the trick, just ask Ted Nugent. Make sure you do NOT dry fire the bow as well. And as always, chicks dig guys that shoot bows.

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from JM wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

It is different for every person. If possible shoot both types and see which one you like more. I would personally suggest a compound bow(I have heard cheap crossbows are something to avoid).

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from huntfishtrap wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

- That's a pretty common question these days, with the rising popularity of crossbows, but it's also a tough one to answer, because there isn't a clear-cut better choice, in my opinion.
- Each has their own advantages - crossbows are easier to just pick-up-and-shoot-well, and it's usually easier for a young hunter like yourself to get enough arrow speed and kinetic energy to hunt big game with a crossbow than with a low-draw-weight compound.
- But compounds are usually lighter, quieter, and have less shot-vibration than crossbows, especially the cheaper models.
- I guess it really depends on how much work you want to put into archery. If you want to just do enough to ethically hunt game, without getting into the sport too deep, the crossbow might be your best option. But if you are interested in archery as a recreational pastime outside of hunting, I personally would recommend a compound, because I think they're more fun to shoot.
- And you also have the legal factor to consider, crossbows are becoming more widely-accepted, but they're still not legal everywhere, which could be an issue if you hunt in a different state at some point down the road.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

- That's a pretty common question these days, with the rising popularity of crossbows, but it's also a tough one to answer, because there isn't a clear-cut better choice, in my opinion.
- Each has their own advantages - crossbows are easier to just pick-up-and-shoot-well, and it's usually easier for a young hunter like yourself to get enough arrow speed and kinetic energy to hunt big game with a crossbow than with a low-draw-weight compound.
- But compounds are usually lighter, quieter, and have less shot-vibration than crossbows, especially the cheaper models.
- I guess it really depends on how much work you want to put into archery. If you want to just do enough to ethically hunt game, without getting into the sport too deep, the crossbow might be your best option. But if you are interested in archery as a recreational pastime outside of hunting, I personally would recommend a compound, because I think they're more fun to shoot.
- And you also have the legal factor to consider, crossbows are becoming more widely-accepted, but they're still not legal everywhere, which could be an issue if you hunt in a different state at some point down the road.

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from JM wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

It is different for every person. If possible shoot both types and see which one you like more. I would personally suggest a compound bow(I have heard cheap crossbows are something to avoid).

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from officerdom1987 wrote 42 weeks 2 days ago

Like both huntfish and JM have said, it all depends what you are using it for and what you want out of it. Most states are now legal with the use of crossbows, as arguementative as that is. Personal opinion is that a compound bow is gonna take more skill and MAYBE feel a little more rewarding when you get that first kill with it than a crossbow. Cheap crossbows are also really tough to keep anchored so I hear which could be a problem a guy of your age getting hurt with your back and shoulder muscles not fully conditioned yet; so for either choice make sure you really exercise before you start drawing back. There are many compound bows out there that you can get cheap too. Look on ebay, a used Goldeneagle bow is an excellent starter bow just to get your bearing on the sport. Make sure you take it to an archery store and get it set up perfectly for you. One common issue is hunters getting big heads thinking you need to pull back 60-70 pounds to get the job done on a big game animal. Not true and in fact you'll shoot about 10 times practicing and feel like you ran a marathon. 45-50 is plenty to do the trick, just ask Ted Nugent. Make sure you do NOT dry fire the bow as well. And as always, chicks dig guys that shoot bows.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 42 weeks 1 day ago

Something else to think about... which is the better longer-term investment. It's easier to buy a crossbow that you'll be able to shoot now, and into the future, which makes the case for spending a little more and buying a quality crossbow. It's less easy to buy a compound that's going to keep up with your growth.These other comments are bang-on: you'll be able to get proficient with a crossbow easier than with a compound, but if you really like the tradition, challenge, and art of archery, then I think you'll be more rewarded with the compound.
Andrew McKean

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from Noah Prail wrote 34 weeks 1 day ago

Thank you all.
N.D.P.

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from MNwhitetailHunter wrote 42 weeks 1 day ago

MWK_MN, just talked to the guy i know who went fishing on Lake of the Woods ( two or three weeks ago), He said they caught their limits both days and had decent weather, hopefully the fishing is finally picking up.

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