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#2821078 - 05/03/12 09:00 PM Bow for 8 year old boy

Registered: 08/24/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Memphis

Im looking to buy my son a starter bow to see if he likes bow hunting. Any input would be appreciated.
#2822413 - 05/06/12 05:23 AM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: Gordo1473]
12 Point

Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 6265
Loc: Adirondack Mtns, NY


I went through this same scenerio with my son many yrs ago. It is a game of chance with kids that age, they say they are interested and really want to shoot/learn, until they actually have the bow in hand and realize it takes time, practice, etc. There can be some rather large expense involved with a good set up.

Here is what I did, I stopped into our local archery shop/range, (privately owned) and explained my situation, the owner was well aware of the scenerio, he'd heard it 100 times before. So, he gets a youth bow, set it up for my son and took him to the upstairs range and let him shoot for 15-20 mins. Then offered me a 4 practice sessions (30mins ea.) for $20.00 for my son to see if he was going to "continue" to enjoy the experience. He stated most kids will stay or quite within 4 sessions.

I my case, my son picked up on it very quickly and is now into his 3rd yr. of shooting.

It is only a suggestion and I don't know how cooperative your local shop may be.


PS: there is a really good deal on a youth bow in the classified.
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#2843833 - 06/03/12 11:41 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
Bowtech Man
4 Point

Registered: 05/08/12
Posts: 192
Loc: White Oak Mountain

If it was me I'd buy a Diamond Razor Edge, just for the fact they are easy to move if they lose interest. Plus the draw length adjust from 19 to 29 and draw weight 29-60
#2862559 - 06/29/12 05:46 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: Bowtech Man]
william martin
4 Point

Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 251
Loc: va

I have been thru this twice in the last year I bought my 12yr a parker side kick great bow has the grow in program but the price was a lil high and i bought my 8 yr old a bear apprentice by far alot better bow more accurate and way more ajustabe than the parker it goes from 15 to 60 pound draw and 15 inch to 28 inch length and the package new was $259 ready to shoot less a release hope this helps
keep the kids in the woods its the only hope we have

#2871604 - 07/10/12 08:59 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: william martin]
4 Point

Registered: 10/25/09
Posts: 440
Loc: Lexington, Tn

Diamond Atomic
#2891608 - 07/31/12 01:13 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: Gobblrgttr]
6 Point

Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 796
Loc: Here

Mission Craze. It's adjustable from 15-70 lbs. Very short and light. Perfect for your young'un.
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#2958074 - 09/26/12 10:04 AM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: ]
4 Point

Registered: 03/07/12
Posts: 214
Loc: Crossville Tn

x2 on the mission craze.awesome bow that will grow with him.


#2962506 - 09/30/12 08:46 AM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: KJACK]
4 Point

Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 336
Loc: Shelby County, TN

Good post, I have an 8 year old who claims to have outgrown the "kids" bow he got last Christmas. I'm not sure if it is outgrown, or worn out.

Anyways, this post is helpful on selecting which bows to look at for his next step in archery.
Tomorrow hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

#3004589 - 10/28/12 09:35 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: Relentless]
6 Point

Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 944
Loc: Huntsville, AL

I went through this with my son. My advice, go with a crossbow until he can draw at least 40 lbs. That, or be prepared to limit your shots to about 15 yards or less. Penetration can be a huge problem with the low draw weights, especially at distances of 20+ yards.
#3012847 - 11/02/12 02:40 PM Re: Bow for 8 year old boy [Re: CAW]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

Mine started with a bow at 10 yrs old and we went with the Matthews Mission Craze. Super adjustable on weight and draw without the need for a press!
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