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Question by grant2. Uploaded on January 29, 2011
Crossbow, Barnett RC-150 is a good starter
the diamond razor edge.
Clay is right. At that age a compound is just too much to shoot reliably. Crossbow is the way to go. Here in Ohio we have a 40# minimum draw weight for hunting deer. It will take deer,but it is very iffy unless the shooter if very skilled.
And how is he suposed to learn how to shoot a bow by shooting a crossbow???
Any bow that can dial down to 40-45LBS will work fine. As you get more shooting will know what to look for and get a better bow.
A bow that fits! It could be 20 years old and fit perfectly and kill anything. Or it could be a new Mathews z7 (love mine btw) and not fit and you will never hit a thing. Go to a shop and have a fitting performed. It is worth it.
My best advice is go to an archery store and have them fit him. Bring the check book. To outfit my 12yr old with everything close to $700! He didnt get it this year!!LOL
I agree with the guys who say go to an Archery Store. However, I have seen many cases where the guys ( or gals) at the archery store scoff at us who aren't Archery experts. In the risk of sounding like I'm making a product plug I will say this. I owned a Hoyt and hunted with it and loved it. When it got stolen on Christmas eve, I was looking for something cheap and quick. I passed by the Mission line of bows, which I found out are actually made by Matthew. The Craze by Mission is an excellent bow. I bought it, and they had it set up for me to test in literally 10 minutes. It is adjustable from 19-30 in draw length and from 15-70 pounds. It is camo, Lost, which is probably the best looking camo pattern I have seen. The best thing, it was $299 bare bow. I added about another $150 for whisker and site, and now I absolutely love that bow. I am 6'2 250 lbs, shooting 29 in draw, 65lbs, and just this morning I was hitting bull on my target from 50 yds away while using the 20yd pin and aiming about 2 in. high. This bow is ridiculously fast. I bought a new Hoyt, but it is sitting in the closet as I buy peices ad parts, and the Mission in my buy for now. I bought it, though, knowing I could change it for my wife to learn to shoot, and I even said when my daughter is 10 she can learn. Don't let people tell you that your son can't handle a compound, just make sure you have a very good back stop for him to learn on, and make sure the bow is fit for him in draw length, weight, and everything fits him. Then, he won't snap his arm, his draw will feel smooth and natural, and he will fall in love with Archery just as I have. The great thing about the Mission, all adustments can be made without a bow press, too. So you can easily set the length and weight for him. Don't waste your money on a "beginner bow". Buy your son a bow that he can grow with.
Clay, I still agree with you. Its better to get a 10 year old in the woods with a crossbow and hunt today. Then make him wait until he learns how to shoot a compound bow or is able to draw 40# well enough to be able to hunt.Make a kid wait too long and they will find interest in something else,like video games. I have 10 kids and everyone of them archery hunts. Only 8 of them can draw 40#, do you think I am gonna tell the other 2 they can't hunt?
Diamond Razors Edge, I did my homework before buying my son one. For the money, its a helluva bow. My boy's 9, I got the model that adjusts from 30# to 60#, so he'll be able to use it for many years to come.
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