archery is a great sport. its hard for me to gun hunt anymore because its not a rush compared to bowhunting. up close, its a more level playing field.
a bow is all about personal preference. do you want speed, do you want it quiet, comfortable, long axle to axle, short.
its hard to have all these in a bow.
quiet, comfortable, its known as a hunters bow but has proven to be effective in competition. its not the fastest, but can make up for speed with smoothness.
known for speed. bowtechs look good, and have proven their name in the field and in competition. however, bowtechs can be difficult to get comfortable with and are not the best beginner bow.
smoking fast. these rather "unattractive" bows have been around forever and have changed a lot over the years. not the most comfortable bow, but its a lot of power in a small package.
comfortable and quiet, much like mathews, parker is a hunters bow. its not the fastest. but its an all around smooth bow.
the rookie of the heavy hitters. elite is a child of bowtech. this is a bow thats hard to find something wrong with. fast, smooth, quiet. my only complaint...its a little heavy and like the bowtech, takes a lot of getting use to.
as far as hunting arrows, you want to find a middle ground in every aspect. depending on your draw weight and length you want the "right" arrow. a heavy arrow will have a heavier "punch". a light arrow will have more speed and a flatter shot. why do you want a middle ground? a heavy arrow means less error in yardage. and a lighter arrow gives you a nice flat shot but will lack on penetration if too light.
go shoot all the bows. your local pro shop will be more than happy to help. also read as much about equipment as you can.
a lesson i learned the expensive way was dont buy halfa&% stuff. you can always switch your bow sights, rest, ect. to your next bow.
i have all trophy ridge accessories on my parker. theyre great, and you should look into their stuff.
join a site like http://www.archerytalk.com
you can ask questions learn about the newest stuff. and they have some GREAT deals on there. i bought PSE arrows from there for a third of the price.
i would start with a used bow and put nice stuff on it. that seems to work best for beginners.
get you a dvd or something to learn proper stance and form. it will pay off when you start taking long shots.
the release is important, like the bow, its all about personal comfort.
dont buy one of those layered targets. theyre great for the season hunter who shoots it 5 times a year. get you a bag. they last forever and the bag can be replaced cheap.
ive left out so much. if you have anymore questions just ask.