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Old 07-27-2022, 08:59 AM   #1
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Ok, so my wife and I lost our oldest daughter to an accident on July 26th. The father is doing a life sentence without parole. She leaves behind 3 children. One 20, one 18 and a 9 year old girl. With that being said, my wife and I will be raising our 9 year old granddaughter. To save you all the drama, I will not get into the life story of this child, but suffice it to say that she has been raised over 600 miles away from us and only knows the way of life in Midland/Odessa urban living. This little girl has her eyes wide open and is being introduced to things she has never even heard of before. I am trying to find her a 1/2 body guitar because, after seeing my guitars, she is interested in learning. My wife and i have already talked about our upcoming hunting season and introducing our granddauhter to the great outdoors. I can already forsee that she will need a bow in her life. With that being said, the last bow I bought for my daughter was in the early 2000's. Can I get some information on the newer child's bow technology? The one I bought for my daugheter years ago was adjustable enough for her to grow from a small child to adult and comfortably shoot. What is available now? I am still shooting a 2007 model compound.....
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:02 AM   #2
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Can’t help with what you’re looking for, but good luck on this new journey. Without a doubt there will be bumps along the way, but catering to her interests as you’re doing will help
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:03 AM   #3
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I am so sorry for you loss.

Sorry I don’t have any more to offer up. It sounds like that little girl is going to do just ok with what her grandparents have planned for her though.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:09 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of y'alls loss. God Bless!
A big thumbs up to you & the wife for taking in your granddaughter. Worked with a guy that gave up his retirement to do the same. I have the utmost respect for y'all.
Please let us know as things develop , there are alot of us on here willing to get equipment to you to help .
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:11 AM   #5
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So sorry to hear about your daughter. My daughter has a Mission Radik and loves it! This bow will grow with her as she gets older. 100% recommend the Radik.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:15 AM   #6
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Sorry for your loss, and prayers up for what you are going through. God will bless you and your wife for taking this little girl in! I think your best bet would be to take her to an archery shop. She'd get to take it all in, and she may enjoy the whole experience. A good shop should have plenty options that she could grow into... I'd also entertain cross bows as well. She could jump right into a cross bow and go shoot a pig or something if she wanted to.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:16 AM   #7
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If you still have the kids bow that’s adjustable use it to start her off, make sure there is an interest and then when you get a new one for her it will be more special. I see you hunt in Mullin so do we, also involved in raising our grandchildren. Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:17 AM   #8
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Ok, so my wife and I lost our oldest daughter to an accident on July 26th. The father is doing a life sentence without parole. She leaves behind 3 children. One 20, one 18 and a 9 year old girl. With that being said, my wife and I will be raising our 9 year old granddaughter. To save you all the drama, I will not get into the life story of this child, but suffice it to say that she has been raised over 600 miles away from us and only knows the way of life in Midland/Odessa urban living. This little girl has her eyes wide open and is being introduced to things she has never even heard of before. I am trying to find her a 1/2 body guitar because, after seeing my guitars, she is interested in learning. My wife and i have already talked about our upcoming hunting season and introducing our granddauhter to the great outdoors. I can already forsee that she will need a bow in her life. With that being said, the last bow I bought for my daughter was in the early 2000's. Can I get some information on the newer child's bow technology? The one I bought for my daugheter years ago was adjustable enough for her to grow from a small child to adult and comfortably shoot. What is available now? I am still shooting a 2007 model compound.....
I have 2 youth bows hanging in the closet, I think(We did some house cleaning a while back). I can get the info on them tonight. Can't remember exactly what they are. They are just taking up space. I'll give you one if you want it. I think one was a PSE Spyder. These are older bows but nothing wrong with them. Might need some bells and whistles added but one is yours if you want it.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:21 AM   #9
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Prayers for your family and God bless you for stepping in to raise your granddaughter
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:30 AM   #10
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Your post brings both emotions of sadness & joy...sorry for your loss & best wishes on your next chapter.

No help on the archery, but you may want to also introduce her into the shooting sports as well...we need more kiddos involved.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:02 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the comments and advice. I appreciate the offer for the bow and would have probably taken you up on it (still may later), but I like the idea of letting her get the entire experience of the bow shop. I think I will take her with me and start looking. I think I can use it as a great learning experience on a lot of levels... fun, sport, business., etc.
BTW, this is not anything that ANY grandparent desires, but this little girl has had a very, very bad 9 years of life and I am getting anxious to turn it all around for her. I was not excited (to say the least) to give up my freedom and raise another child, but after a lot of prayer, the Lord has provided me with clarity and I am humbled that God has offered me this opportunity. I see many fun days ahead for all three of us.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:06 AM   #12
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No advice on the bow, but 2 giant thumbs up from me for what you are doing with the granddaughter.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:15 AM   #13
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You might consider a crossbow
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:20 AM   #14
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I wish you the best of luck Sir, and I’m sorry for your loss.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:37 AM   #15
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God bless you sir. I came from a rough upbringing and my escapes to my grandpa's house were the only thing that kept me sane. I am sorry for your loss but it sounds like your grandbaby may be better off for it.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:39 AM   #16
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I got nothing, when it comes to a bow....
But my prayers, and admiration for you and your wife.
Knows no bounds... God bless, you and the young lady...
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:48 AM   #17
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I definitely recommend Mission bows. Several friends have done the same with their kids and Missions, and had great luck keeping a bow from 10 YO to 18.

Good luck, and all the best. Keep up the good work!
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:53 AM   #18
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Sorry to hear of y'alls loss. God Bless!
A big thumbs up to you & the wife for taking in your granddaughter. Worked with a guy that gave up his retirement to do the same. I have the utmost respect for y'all.
Please let us know as things develop , there are alot of us on here willing to get equipment to you to help .
This, just reach out and let us know once you have a good fill for what it is you need.

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Old 07-27-2022, 10:55 AM   #19
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Started my daughter on a mission craze at about 11 years old. Solid little bow, very easy to adjust draw length as she grows.

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Old 07-27-2022, 11:27 AM   #20
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I have a bow case that we no longer need if you need it
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Old 07-27-2022, 11:36 AM   #21
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A Diamond Edge 320 or Prism might be the ticket. Adjustable from 5 lbs to 50 or 70 lbs. Draw length is fully adjustable as well. All can be adjusted without a bow press. She can grow for years with that bow. I got my wife a Diamond Infinate Edge and it has been great for her.

As for you taking care of your Granddaughter, God puts in places and situations for a reason. Sounds like he knew this young girl needed you. Over time you might grow to find that you needed her as much as she needed you.

Enjoy the journey. She is blessed to have people that care for her.

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Old 07-27-2022, 11:46 AM   #22
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You sir are on the right path, enrich her in what life has to offer... some friends of ours had to do a similar path with their god son. It was great to watch him grow up knowing he was given a better path.

Ditto on the Missions , they have some great youth bows
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:24 PM   #23
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Give that little gal a big hug as often as you can and tell her how much you love her. It will greatly help her through the trying times. God bless you and your wife.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:38 PM   #24
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Oh man! My heart goes out to you, your wife, and your granddaughter.
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Old 07-28-2022, 08:35 AM   #25
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My 9 year old son has a Mission bow that has a lot of adjustment. I canít remember the model off hand. I think it goes up to somewhere around a 28Ē draw length. He got it a year or two ago. It has been a good bow. I would take a look at them.


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Old 07-28-2022, 08:45 AM   #26
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I think I've got a Yamaha 1/2 body in the music room at the house. My sons are both well past it so if it's there, she can have it. I'll check this evening and PM you if it's there.
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Old 08-01-2022, 09:01 AM   #27
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UPDATE....
First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your contributions. It truly warms my heart. I didn't expect many replies and truly was just hoping for a little advice. My expectations were clearly exceeded. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Ok, so Saturday, we took Willow (our granddaughter) to a couple of music stores. We ended up purchasing a Fender acoustic that is perfect for her. She absolutely loves it.
She has said that she is not interested in a bow, but I have a feeling that will change later. We will see. At this point, it doesn't matter to me whether or not she decides to pursue hunting. I have other grandchildren that probably will...... I just want this one to be happy in whatever she chooses.
Again, thank you all very much.
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Old 08-01-2022, 09:23 AM   #28
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May God bless your journey with her
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Old 08-01-2022, 09:43 AM   #29
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Props to you for taking on the challenge. Have fun and let her explore all the things that she may have missed. I'm sure things will be great with hopefully only a few bumps along the way. Give her time with the bow, maybe let her eventually try it for just target practice to get a feel of it. I'm sure she will be overwhelmed with all the new experiences. Have fun and thanks again for you and your wife's dedication on this challenge.
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Old 08-01-2022, 10:01 AM   #30
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You and your wife our a true blessing .

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Old 08-01-2022, 10:12 AM   #31
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I wish you well and I have a lot of respect for you. Way to step up and take on a challenging and hopefully rewarding opportunity.

I'm glad to hear she loves the guitar and I hope someday she picks up the bow. Good luck with everything and let us know if you need anything.

fwiw - I second the recommendation on the Mission Radik. It is a lightweight, highly adjustable bow designed for kids. Several of my students started with it. Some still shoot it some upgraded.
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