I'd check out Reedy's. I just went in there yesterday to get my cables and string replaced. I convinced myself that I needed a new $115 arrow rest as well. The kid that helped me out spent an hour and a half on my bow, then took me to the range and got me to a point at which both of us were happy with the accuracy. Total hit was $230, but it was truly money well spent. I felt like a
when I didn't have a $10 to tip the kid. I took it home to paper tune it, but it was spot on already. Back to shooting 2 inch groups at 25 yards after a year off.
My only advice - get there ASAP and early. They opened at 10 yesterday, so I got there at 9:45. By 10, there were 5 trucks in the lot. By the time I left, there were at least a dozen. If too many people need help with their bows, you will be in for a long wait.
Oh, and they are a Mathews, Hoyt, and Mission (division of Mathews) dealer. You go in and tell them what you are looking for and they will shoot with you until you are both happy. For a first bow, I'd say take a look at the Mission line, or look around for a used Mathews and bring it to the guys at Reedy's. Bows are like golf clubs. Manufacturers are constantly pumping out new models and slightly older models sell at deep discounts.
Most sets of climbing sticks and tree stands don't screw into the tree, but are attached with ratchet straps. For good starting tree stands, I'd honestly go to D1ck's (forum edits out the real name). Unless you decide that you want to do a climber and hike it into the woods every time you hunt. In which case, I'd go with an aluminum model that won't weigh you down too much. Most importantly, get a good harness, and watch some youtube videos on tree stand safety. That will be the best money and time that you've ever spent.