Best Hunting Bows for Beginners

Updated on October 9, 2019
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Hunting bows have changed a lot, and at one point were largely replaced by guns and rifles for hunting, but they have changed a lot. Bows are making a massive comeback in the last decade, particularly the modern compound bows, and more and more hunters turn to them instead of rifles.

So, if you're looking for the best hunting bow you can get, keep reading and find out more details on some trendy choices on the market.

1. Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro Bow

If you're looking for a versatile bow made from the best materials and known for its impressive performance and value, the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro should be at the top of your list. Diamond Archery is one of the leading names in bows, with a long tradition in making the best hunting and sport archery gear there is.

The Infinite Edge Pro is an improved version of the company’s best-selling compound bow, and it's highly durable and resistant to wear and tear. It's made from aluminum and weighs only 3.2 pounds net, and it comes with an Octane handmade string. It's available in left- and right-handed models to suit all archers.

The draw length varies between 13 and 31 inches, and you can get up to a draw weight of 70 lbs. The projectiles can reach 310 feet per second, giving this bow an impressive performance. The bow measures 31.5" with a brace height of 7". It's available in 3 different colors. The package includes a 3-pin tundra sight, a Deadlock quiver, a tube peep sight, BCY string loop, and many other accessories.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Many customization options
  • Many accessories included
  • Extremely durable
  • Good for hunting and sports

Cons

  • Peep sight is not installed

2. Gen-X Bow

The affordable Gen-X compound bow is versatile and easy to use. It's excellent for beginners because it's ideal for practicing at the shooting range, but you can also use it for hunting birds and small game. Like all compound bows, this one is adjustable.

The Gen-X is made in the US to the highest standards. That means that it has a level of durability and sturdiness that belies its humble price point. It will last you for years or until you’re ready for an upgrade. It has aluminum riser and composite limbs, so it weighs only 3.4 pounds. You won't have a hard time aiming at the target, which is why it's so popular with novice archers.

You can adjust the draw weight from 25 to 40 lbs., so you don't need a lot of strength to send an arrow through the air at high velocity. You can adjust the draw weight with a 3/16" hex wrench, while the draw length is adjustable between 21" and 30". The bow measures 35.5 inches from axle to axle, so it's a bit larger than most of its kind. It's one of the smoothest and user-friendly bows you can get, though more suitable for youths than adults.

Pros

  • Easily adjustable
  • Durable
  • Made from the best materials
  • Affordable
  • Ideal for beginners

Cons

  • Not ideal for hunting

3. SAS Rage 70 Lbs. 30” Compound Bow

If you're looking for a highly powerful and accurate model, the SAS Rage will be a good choice.

The bow is a little heavier at 4.4 pounds, so it could be a bit heavy for beginners. However, it provides consistent performance, and it's easy to adjust if needed. Like other entry-level compound bows, this one also has an aluminum riser (ABS limbs). It supports draw weights of 5 to 70 lbs., with a maximum projectile speed of 270 feet per second (fps). That means that it performs well on the practice range, but you can also take it hunting. It's a little noisy, and the strings tend to vibrate, so you'll need to get a dampener for hunting.

The Rage measures 35 inches from axle to axle and you need 30-inch carbon or aluminum arrows. You can adjust the draw length to between 25 and 31 inches. It's a versatile bow you can use for all kinds of activities, and it's highly affordable when compared to similar products.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Powerful and durable
  • Adjustable draw and weight
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Heavier
  • Needs a dampener

4. Mandarin Duck Nighthawk

The Mandarin Duck Nighthawk is one of those bows you have to look at twice. It doesn't look like a standard compound bow because it's designed to be as compact as possible. It's only 24 inches long, but it weighs 4.4 lbs. However, its size doesn't affect the power because it can launch projectiles at an impressive 270 feet per second. It's available in left- and right-handed models.

Since it's so small and compact, it offers excellent maneuverability when you're hunting in the woods or on a tree stand. You can install a 5-pin sight on it to improve accuracy, but it can also support a takedown quiver and an arrow nest. The maximum draw weight is 50 lbs., and the maximum draw length 27 inches. The Mandarin Duck Nighthawk is very accurate and packs quite a punch for such a tiny bow. The pistol-style grip improves control and gives this bow an almost crossbow feel.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Improved maneuverability
  • Left- or right-hand models
  • Pistol-style grip
  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy for the size
  • No accessories

5. iGlow Camo Archery Hunting Compound Bow

If you are new to archery, the iGlow compound bow is an excellent starting point. It's a capable bow that costs only a fraction of other bows of similar performance. It's ideal for everyone who wants to spend time shooting arrows at the practice range.

You don't need any experience to use this bow. It can go up to a 55-lb. draw weight, so it's good enough for some game hunting too. The bow weighs 4 lbs., so it's not too heavy for beginners. It can set an arrow flying at 296 fps, which is impressive given the asking price. This one has fiberglass limbs and an aluminum riser. The draw length is adjustable between 25 and 27 inches. There are no fancy features, just a reliable bow at an affordable price.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Good for beginners
  • Lightweight
  • 296 fps

Cons

  • Not very adjustable
  • The fiberglass limbs may not be as durable

Final Thoughts

No matter if you're new to archery, or if you're a seasoned hunter, one of these bows will surely suit your needs. Some of them are mostly used for practice, while others are mean killing machines that can take down any game with only one shot. Make your choice and show everyone how good you are at the practice range.

My favorite out of all of these is the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro Bow because it's very versatile. While the pull strength can be set at 70lbs, not everyone needs that. With a minimum draw strength of only 5lbs, you can really train yourself in getting stronger at the beginning, and set the draw strength where you're really comfortable at. Personally, I find 50lbs to be perfectly fine.

While not advertised as a beginner bow, I found this to be very easy to learn how to use, and the accessories are great if you're just starting out.

If you haven't used a bow before, I would suggest you go to your local archery/hunting store and get this professionally set up. You're going to want arrows anyway, and getting shown how to adjust things in the beginning will help you a lot in the long run.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Ben Martin

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