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Old 10-26-2017, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I am just now deciding I want to get into hunting with a recurve. I will be using it predominantly for deer and the occasional hog. What is a good bow to get that will be durable? I am just worried to buy a cheap bow that only makes it a season or two. I would like to stay on a budget with this if possible as well. If this thread has already been created which I'm sure it has please direct me there.

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Old 10-26-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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I'll 2nd the sage. At $140, it is a proven hunter. No, it is not pretty, but it is durable and can take a ding or two when you "drop" it on the ground. You can buy limbs for it with various weights so you don't have to buy a new bow. It can handle the fast string materials. It has a great resale value and is a great backup bow/bow fishing rig whenever you move on. Plenty of folks on here have killed their first animals and a few more after that with a sage.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:08 AM   #4
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I have a decent 1st bow for trade in the classifieds
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=665412
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:13 AM   #5
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http://www.pse-archery.com/shop/bows...-hawk-recurve/
I saw some of these the other day and they looked like pretty decent bows
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:41 PM   #6
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My vote would be a Samick Sage also. Great starter bows, and I still shoot mine sometimes and take it with me on trips as a backup bow.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:05 PM   #7
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I have a decent 1st bow for trade in the classifieds
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=665412
The OP was specifically looking for a recurve (or presumably some other traditional bow.)

CJM, also, consider that if you are just getting into traditional, you will want to start off with a manageable draw weight until you work up your form and strength. This is another reason to start out with a takedown as you can upgrade the limbs to a higher draw weight later on.
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Old 10-26-2017, 05:30 PM   #8
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Another fan of the Samick Sage here. It is more capable than I am. That bow will shoot along side any other "higher end" bows all day long.
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:16 PM   #9
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I will agree that the Sage is a decent bow. However it's not a high end bow. Will it shoot as consistently as you need? Yes. Is it a great value for what you get? I think so. Is it a hunt worthy bow? I killed my first trad deer with one. Start there. You won't regret it. There is one for sale on archery talk with extras right now.

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Old 10-26-2017, 09:15 PM   #10
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Budgets and bows are not a good mix because bows are like Lays potato chips. You will want another one. There is a lot to be said for the sammick bows. You can get a brand new one delivered for $140 and if you don't like it or want to move up you can sell it pretty easy for $90-100. There will be more money than that spent on arrows, a target, a glove or tab, and a few basic tools and supplies. Any way you cut it you are going to have $350 to $400 invested to try the sport. You might keep your eye out for a complete set up where someone is selling out. Just keep the draw weight reasonable at the begining. There are lots of 55 pound and up bows for sale for a reason. Don't think that you can make one work because chances are you will shoot it six or eight times and then quit.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:30 PM   #11
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For what its worth, we have sold several PSE mustangs out of our shop and haven't experienced a problem yet. Also Have seen several deer and a few hogs put down well with them.
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Old 10-27-2017, 12:04 AM   #12
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1 more vote for Samick Sage.
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Old 10-27-2017, 12:11 AM   #13
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To piggy back on this thread, what does one need to get started in trad. Say I bought a Sage, what else do I need? What kind of arrows? Glove? String?
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:37 AM   #14
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It's a good idea to read the stickies on the trad forum. Some very qualified people have given detailed valuable information in them that will help you get started and grow.

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Old 10-27-2017, 07:52 AM   #15
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To piggy back on this thread, what does one need to get started in trad. Say I bought a Sage, what else do I need? What kind of arrows? Glove? String?
Like Gary mentioned check the sticky threads at the top of the trad forum. It'll cover a lot of it. But, I'd upgrade to a FF string on the Sage because the factory string isn't that great. Get a bowstringer for sure, and a glove or tab. As far as arrows go, I shoot carbons and that's probably the easiest way to go especially just starting out. It's hard to say specifically which ones without knowing your DL and the poundage of your bow. As far as brands I like GT arrows and just bought some Black Eagles for my new longbow that I'm impressed with.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:18 AM   #16
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To piggy back on this thread, what does one need to get started in trad. Say I bought a Sage, what else do I need? What kind of arrows? Glove? String?
Three Rivers Archery can help you choose the right arrows as a beginner. They have everything you need to get started.
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:58 AM   #17
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find someone close to help you out.. T.B.O.T. shoots will have folks around that will help.
for starters. carbons or aluminum arrows to get going. you will have to find out what you will shoot better with as in glove or tab. and shooting style. do some reading it will help alot on what direction you want to go...
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:30 PM   #18
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Lots of bows will work, Samic Sage has the name and as you can tell is popular. the same basic bow is offered with other names just different wood used in the riser. You can swap the limbs on a Cabela's Warden with a Sage and shoot away, to me the little larger grip of the Warden is a little more comfortable. The Edge is another that fits that bill. The Cabela's Saberhawk and PSE Honor are another good pair f shooting bows.

A lot of the store brand bows and other bows are the same basic bows with different wood used for the riser and made in the same place with the same limb pockets and in many cases the same limbs just a different name silk screened on the limbs and perhaps in some a different look finished at the ends of the limbs but basically same bow.

Get a bow stringer though for what ever flat limbed bow you buy, twisted limbs are a pain to say the least and a stringer will prevent almost all cases of twisted limbs.
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:52 PM   #19
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How close are you to Springtown? I am not selling it but I have a 40lb Bear Kodiak you are welcome to come shoot to try. I have some heavier bows too. I am not selling any of them but you can try a few different weights.
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:00 PM   #20
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I am a little over an hour from springtown. I don't know if it would be possible for me to make the trip with work right now. I have a friend who has a recurve and he really likes it and I've shot it a lot, so I have a feel somewhat for what I am looking for. I really appreciate all the replies. I am leaning toward the Sage but may hold off and get it for after season and shoot it for a year before I take it to shoot deer. Maybe put some hogs down first to build my confidence.


What are the higher end recurves that people hunt with? For instance I shoot an Excalibur crossbow and I know that will be the last crossbow I need to buy. I just don't want to buy a bow and out grow it in 6 months and want a different one. What are some good add-ons for the bow?
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:54 PM   #21
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I am a little over an hour from springtown. I don't know if it would be possible for me to make the trip with work right now. I have a friend who has a recurve and he really likes it and I've shot it a lot, so I have a feel somewhat for what I am looking for. I really appreciate all the replies. I am leaning toward the Sage but may hold off and get it for after season and shoot it for a year before I take it to shoot deer. Maybe put some hogs down first to build my confidence.


What are the higher end recurves that people hunt with? For instance I shoot an Excalibur crossbow and I know that will be the last crossbow I need to buy. I just don't want to buy a bow and out grow it in 6 months and want a different one. What are some good add-ons for the bow?
I think waiting is a good idea personally. I bought my first recurve in December when I was done hunting. Practiced all of late winter and then through the spring and summer, and was ready to hunt the following fall. That would give you plenty of practice time and build your confidence. As far as high end recurves...Black Widow is popular, but they aren't cheap. I'd shoot one and make sure before you spend that kind of cash.
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