Best Recurve Bow for Hunting

Updated on March 6, 2020
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Ben has been a geek all of his life, and as such, his expertise tends to fall into gaming and technology.

Recurve bows are extremely popular in archery. Thanks to the bow’s limbs that bend away from the archer when fired, there’s a lot more energy and power for transferring to the arrow.

When purchasing a recurve bow, you should consider some important things. For example, not all bows have similar size and draw length, and they should fit your own height first and foremost. Also, whether you’re left- or right-handed can make a big difference.

Pay attention to these factors while you look at some of the best recurve bows for hunting.

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

The Samick Sage is a very nice starter recurve bow that comes at a solid price. At 62“ long, it has a max draw length of 29“, although it is recommended to keep it at around 23“ to prevent damage. The B-50 strings are sturdy enough but may break if you tighten them too much.

It has a traditional wooden riser (hard maple) that joins two black fiberglass limbs. The comfortable grip will keep your arm steady while the metal limb pockets provide effortless bending when you draw.

The bow is adjustable and the pre-installed brass bushings will make it easy for you to attach a stabilizer, a quiver, and a plunger.


  • Elegant hard maple riser
  • Great for starting your archery adventure
  • Reasonably priced
  • Adjustable
  • Available in right- or left-handed config


  • Strings may become loose early and often

Southwest Archery Spyder Recurve Bow

This is a bow that fit for multiple purposes. The first thing that anybody will notice is the modern design. The wooden riser is hand-crafted and can be ordered in a left-handed or right-handed configuration. Once you choose a preferred hand, you’ll get the limbs that match the riser and a Dacron string to connect them. (Of course, you don’t actually have to choose anything. Just specify left or right and you’ll get everything in the box).

There’s a pre-built brass bushing for adding accessories to the bow. Some of them include mechanical rests, hunting kit, stabilizers, and even fishing reels or flashlights.

The limb ends are strong and reinforced. This bow is compatible with Flemish strings. You may use it for target practice, but it is also good enough for hunting and even bow fishing.

Although the riser is wooden and the limbs are reinforced, some parts like the arrow rest are plastic. This may make the bow a bit fragile, and that’s where it could use improvement.


  • Award-winning bow
  • Fully adjustable
  • Reinforced limbs
  • Comes in various sizes
  • Left or right-handed version


  • A bit pricey
  • Plastic components

Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit

The SAS Spirit is starter bow that’s easy to handle and set up. The riser is made of different types of wood – beech, silver gray wood, and gmelina arborea. This Asian wood gives the bow a sophisticated old-school look.

The fiberglass limbs are sturdy and bend easily. At 66”, it’s a bigger bow that’d allow taller people to draw at full capacity. You can get both the left- version or the right-handed version.

One of the downsides of this bow is that it doesn’t come with any bushings for you to accessorize the bow; however, there are after-market tweaks for that. Nevertheless, it is a solid bow for introduction to archery.


  • Right- or left-handed bow available
  • Allows for a longer draw
  • Perfect for beginners


  • No bushings

Southland Archery SAS Explorer

The neat design and polished aluminum riser make this an attractive-looking bow. What’s even better is that the aluminum riser is stronger and more durable than wood, and therefore it can sustain longer draws without breaking. You can order this bow with a red or blue riser.

The fiberglass and maple-laminated limbs are flexible and strong. They have pretty good bending capabilities to support a draw weight of up to 34 lbs. At 66” long, this bow may not be a good choice for shorter people. You may have to be at least 6’ tall to use it properly and avoid any inconvenience.

Note that this bow is right-handed only. If you don’t trust your right hand to control the bow, you may have to keep looking.


  • One of the more affordable recurve bows
  • Aluminum riser
  • Comes in blue or red.
  • Good draw weight
  • Suitable for taller individuals


  • Right-handed only
  • Not recommended for those under 6’

Buffalo Hunting Bow

From afar, one could easily mistake the body of the Buffalo Hunting bow for a colorful snake. While it has the same recurve mechanism, it also looks like an artifact from the past. A cobra snakeskin cover wraps over the wooden riser and the fiberglass limbs.

The limbs can sustain a draw weight of up to 65 lbs. with a draw length of about 31.5”, which should be enough even for the tallest of archers. It’s of a smaller design, suitable for both shorter and taller people.

The designer is a bow master who has studied the art of crafting bows for three decades and counting. The bow is compatible with a wide range of arrow types, including carbon steel and bamboo arrows.

Make sure that you know how to string the bow with the proper equipment since the bow requires setting up. You wouldn’t want it to get loose around the limbs and such. If in doubt, just bring it to your local archery store or a big box sporting goods store and have someone take care of it.


  • Unique Asian-style bow
  • Suitable for children and up
  • Compatible with different arrow types


  • Lacks bushings

Final Verdict

If you require a full-featured bow for both beginners and seasoned archers, look no further than the Southwest Archery Spyder. It reasonably priced, all things considered, and has a lot to offer. You can target practice in your backyard or use it for bow hunting or fishing.

On the other hand, most of the above mentioned bows are good entry-level options. If this is your first foray into the world of archery, you may want to go with a simpler and more affordable option.

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.

© 2020 Ben Martin


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