I simply couldn't hunt with a recurve because it's too big.
Ever tried it?
I routinely hunt with 62" recurves and 64" longbows, and haven't yet had the length prevent me from taking a shot. Just cant the bow a bit more and shoot around what ever is percieved to be in the way. I've actually found the compound to be more difficult to shoot in hunting situations because you have to keep it level to properly use the sights, and most of those rests don't work worth a hoot if you tilt the bow over to get the bottom limb over a limb.
Not to mention the fact that my longbow weighs less than most loaded bow quivers...I just can't see the arguement that a recurve is too big.
I will concede that they are much more difficult to become proficient with, but that is also part of the learning curve..... and the fun. Anything worth having is worth working for, and the pride you get when you arrow your first traditional deer is something you will always look back on and be glad you put in the time and effort.
Traditional archery definately is not for everyone, and it doesn't need to be......but it doesn't have to be exclusive of any other form of archery either. If you want to try a compound, by all means do so, but there is no reason you have to put up that ol Pearson either. Shoot em both, and enjoy them both. (But I'm betting that one day you'll come back to that old stick and string just for the fun of it.