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Junior bow

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Can someone help me out on a junior bow for

my 9 yr. old son? This will be his first bow besides

a cheap bow he got from the nieghbor.

I'm looking for a junior compound for around

$60.00-$80.00.Any suggestions on brand?

Thanks ,chad

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First thing you want to do before buying him a bow is check to see which of his eyes is dominant. I bought my twins sons PSE youth bows all set up for Christmas and then found out one of them was left eye dominant confused.gif The dealer let me trade one in for a left handed one. They have used those youth bows for 4 years now and both got deer with them. There was about 4" of draw length adjustment on them so they were able to use them for the full 4 years with a little adjustment. They both bought new big boy bows now smirk.gif.

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If I were to buy a bow for a kid, I would look long and hard at the Genisis Bow... itsa strange bow, in that it really has no back wall. Which means it will fit and grow with your child. THey use them for a ton of archery classes for kids becuase they fit eveyone there.

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It might be tough to find a decent youth bow for $60 to $80 dollars, unless you consider used. I would take a look at the Browning Micro Midas or the PSE Spyder. I have both for my boys and they are great bows.

Stop in at a pro shop and have him draw back some bows to see where he's at. They usually have a selection of consignment bows on the rack and you might get lucky. I bought the above mentioned PSE used for $125 (full package, with arrows)

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I bought my son the Browning Micro Midas. He was 9 and is now 10. It has a good range of draw adjustment and weight adjustment and has been growing with him as he does. It is quite a ways out of your 60-80 dollar budget though. I too started with a 75-100 dollar budget, but quickly decided those weren't the bows I was looking for. The quality just isn't there and I knew that within a matter of a couple years we'd be back buying another one, so in the end I wasn't really saving anything. He will probably end up starting out bowhunting with this bow when he is 13, by then he should be in the 35-40 pound range. After that he will move up to a full size bow.

I took it in to the bow shop and had them install a whisker bisquit (the factory rest was junk) and a peep, tune it up and bought a half dozen jr. carbon arrows and a jr. release. He is deadly at 10-15 yards and reasonbly good at 20. I would expect him to be dialed into 20 by the end of the fall. He wants to join the junior league at A-1 Archery this winter. All added up, I'm in the $300 range, but I figured I will get 4-5 years out of this set-up and I will be able to recover $150 of that when I sell it. Plus he is spending a lot of time with me instead of doing whatever kids do now-a-days. Pretty cheap invest on those terms alone. He even spent Sunday afternoon building a small 3-d range with me back int the woods behind my house. This is a real bow (not a "kids" bow) and I truley think it helps their success.

Check e-bay out... I'm sure you can find a well outfitted Midas for 1/2 of new.

Good Luck!

Ken

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Deitz mentioned the Genesis bow, I'd second that and add the Browning Nomad. Both bows are designed with a set let off, and infinite draw length.(nearly infinite). I have used these bows for classes. With no set draw length, you can have a big kid shoot it and the next kid in line, half his size can shoot it too. It also helps to teach the archer the importance of a consistent anchor point, rather than rely on the wall or draw stop.

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Sorry to inform you but I know for a fact that none of the Genisis bows have a let off. They have now specific draw lengthe per say until you physically hit the point that you can not pull it back anymore. There are 3 different models to choose from with varying ranges of adjustable draw weight with the highest weight being 30 pound draw, which will vary a few pounds by individual bow. I baught the top weight model for my daughter last Christmas from Gander, with the limbs bolts screwed all the way in it is acheiving 27 pounds draw on a scale. Advertising says 30. It is a very nice beginner bow that will certainly grow with your youth to a certain extent and can be sold to anyone for a first target bow to get into the sport when your son or daughter has outgrown it. It will run you just over $200. You will also note that the riser design it intended for a finger shooter not a release due to the fact that it is not designed with a "center shot" riser but rather a straight or flush plane where the arrow rest is located. From my own personal experience with this bow I would also not plan on using it for hunting big game even if the one you get does acheive 30 pounds when you max the draw weight out when your child gets to that age. It is truely designed to be a beginner target archery bow that is universally friendly to a wide range young or beginner archers. As stated in previously posted replies don't expect to find much in the $60 to $80 range unless you can find a real bargain on a used bow. I just picked up a bow package from a co-worker for my son a 1997 Hoyt Enticer 30" draw 60 to 70 pound with sight, quiver, rest, 3 arrows and hard case for $100. It is in brand new condition and he hadn't had time to hunt or shoot for about 5 years. So there are deals out there to be had at times but you certainly have to be in the right place at the right time. Good luck in you quest for that bow for your youth it's a better investment that an electronic toy and straight shooting to you.

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This maybe out of your price range but the Parker buckshot is a great "youth"bow.(aprox 300 clams though)c63

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Good suggestions above. Another good one is the Browning Micro Midas.

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