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Old 07-09-2019, 06:35 AM
Echo-Gecko Echo-Gecko is offline
 
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Iím thinking about buying a bow and getting into archery hunting.
Iím not really sure what bow to buy, sites, risers vs whisker biscuit (I think thatís what itís called?)
Are there accessories that I should buy vs gimmicks to stay away from?

My budget is modest but I donít want to buy cheap either.
Iíd rather save up and buy something decent than buying cheap and regretting it later.

In rifle terms, Iíd be happy with a tikka.

Iím in Calgary, should I buy from one of the archery stores or would a cabelaís bow be fine?
Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:00 AM
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Go to jimbows or Calgary archery center and get set up by people who know what theyíre doing and who can fix your issues when they come up. Thatís not what cabelas excels in.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:03 AM
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If it was me I would go to a pro shop for sure, I can't speak for cables in Calgary but the one i went to didn't seem to be the most competent, I hear lots of recommendations for Jim bows. I was in a similar situation budget and quality wise, I went to a pro shop and shot a bunch of bows some in my budget some not. I ended up buying a new old stock now, so 3yr old model but brand new for a big discount and it worked out well for me, that quality of bow was out of budget but being old stock it was in budget, best of both worlds lol. Maybe it wasn't the newest fanciest most whiz bang bow, but at this stage it's not a big enough difference. Accessory wise Lawrence at accurate archery was awesome, sold me one of his old sights and whisker biscuits super cheap to get me going, and I upgraded later on. Welcome to the addiction it's a ton of fun!
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:35 PM
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If it was me I would go to a pro shop for sure, I can't speak for cables in Calgary but the one i went to didn't seem to be the most competent, I hear lots of recommendations for Jim bows. I was in a similar situation budget and quality wise, I went to a pro shop and shot a bunch of bows some in my budget some not. I ended up buying a new old stock now, so 3yr old model but brand new for a big discount and it worked out well for me, that quality of bow was out of budget but being old stock it was in budget, best of both worlds lol. Maybe it wasn't the newest fanciest most whiz bang bow, but at this stage it's not a big enough difference. Accessory wise Lawrence at accurate archery was awesome, sold me one of his old sights and whisker biscuits super cheap to get me going, and I upgraded later on. Welcome to the addiction it's a ton of fun!
Smoked has some great advice about getting a new-old bow (unused older stock)

For instance, my Hoyt Carbon Element is now 9 years old and will take anything in North America and outshoots me everyday of the week. Still shoots bullet holes and if in better hands, would revile any current bow (in my opinion)

Look at the used bow rack at Calgary Archery Centre, or ask Jim-Bows if they have any quality bows on consignment.

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Old 07-10-2019, 06:46 AM
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Iím thinking about buying a bow and getting into archery hunting.
Iím not really sure what bow to buy, sites, risers vs whisker biscuit (I think thatís what itís called?)
Are there accessories that I should buy vs gimmicks to stay away from?

My budget is modest but I donít want to buy cheap either.
Iíd rather save up and buy something decent than buying cheap and regretting it later.

In rifle terms, Iíd be happy with a tikka.

Iím in Calgary, should I buy from one of the archery stores or would a cabelaís bow be fine?
Thanks!
Jim-Bows all the way. They will discuss with you your budget, set up several bows to try, support your shooting with respect to a few lessons to get you started
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:05 PM
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Thanks everyone I’ll go to Jim bows as you suggested.
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