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This is a guest post by Douglas Brooks

In the sports of hunting and fishing, recurve bows are one type of tool that is used to catch game and fish. Recurve bows are long, curved, and designed for quick shooting. They are inexpensive and user-friendly, and a good option for those who are newcomers to the archery scene. Recurve bows usually come with a draw weight of somewhere between 40 and 50 pounds.

While a brand new recurve, a bow can cost between $100 and $500, a used one can usually be found for a lower price. Since there are many different brands of recurve bows available, this article will review several in order to help you get the most value for your money when it comes time for you to purchase one.

The Vista Sage


The first recurve bow that we will be reviewing is the Vista Sage 62” Take-Down Bow. This bow is made out of hard maple and fiberglass and is very attractive. It is available for those who are both right-handed and left-handed. The assembly of this bow is smooth and leaves room for attachments, such as sights and rests. You can also mount accessories to the front, although a rest is not needed. Shooting is very smooth and consistent, and is recommended for beginners. The available draw rates for this bow are between 45 and 55 pounds, depending on which hand you use. Regarding arrows, this bow works best with any full-size arrow between 22 and 33 inches long. The Vista Sage 62” Take-Down Bow has a retail price around $149.99 and is an excellent bow for beginners and experienced shooters alike. It’s a great value for your money and are very easy to assemble and use.

Martin Jaguar


The second recurve bow that we will be reviewing is the Martin Jaguar Take-Down Bow. This bow is designed with a lightweight aluminum riser, thermal grip, and solid limb alignment system with wood and glass limbs.
Like the Vista Sage 62” Take-Down bow, this bow is also easy to assemble, although this one did not come with assembly instructions. Despite that, it is still a good choice for beginners due to its excellent accuracy.
Unlike the Vista Sage, there is no left-handed version, and it only comes with a draw weight of either 40 or 50 pounds. This bow has a smooth shot, is quiet, and can mount accessories. On the downside, we did find that is model is not as durable as others. The string that it comes with is lower quality, but can be easily replaced with other aftermarket strings. Some consumers have reported that the limbs of this bow broke after several days of usage, so this is one issue to be aware of. The retail price of the Martin Jaguar Take-Down Bow is also around $149.99. This bow is recommended for those who are right-handed only, and those who would be willing to upgrade the parts if needed.

PSE Kingfisher


The third recurve bow that we will be reviewing is the PSE Kingfisher Bow fishing Recurve Bow. This bow was designed specifically for bow fishing and is available in draw weights of 40, 45, and 50 pounds. It is only available for those who are right-handed. The PSE Kingfisher Bow fishing Recurve Bow is durable, affordable, and comes with a camo finish. Owners of this bow can use it for land hunting as well, so you can get more use out of it in the off-season. You can upgrade the sights and reels, so you can upgrade it as you improve and move to the intermediate level. The only real downside we found for this bow was that it could become quite noisy after a while. The best part about this recurve bow is that its retail price is around $119.99, making it a great value for your money. For those who hunt both on land and in water, this bow is an excellent choice since you can use it interchangeably.

PSE Snake Youth Recurve Bow


The fourth bow that we will be reviewing is the PSE Snake Youth Recurve Bow. This bow was designed especially for young shooters. It is available for those who are both right-handed and left-handed, so nobody misses out. This bow comes in one piece and is durable and strong, with a draw weight of 22 pounds. The speed of this bow is not as fast as those with heavier draws which make it a great learning bow. The retail price of the PSE Snake Youth Recurve Bow is only about $39.99 and includes the string and arrow rest. It is a great bow for recreation or for practicing for a hunting bow.

A Bow for Every Purpose and Person

For those who are right or left-handed and are looking for a reliable, inexpensive hunting recurve bow, our pick is the Vista Sage 62” Take-Down Bow. It has features that are similar to the Martin Jaguar Take-Down Bow and is the same price. The Vista Sage wins because it proved to be the more durable of the two.

For people who are interested in water and land hunting, the best choice is the PSE Kingfisher Bow Fishing Recurve Bow, since it is available at a reasonable price and can be used all season long.

For the young ones, our top pick is the PSE Snake Youth Recurve Bow, since it comes at a lighter weight, requires no assembly, and is perfect for either recreational or serious archery.

All of the bows are available at great, affordable prices and can bring many years of great fun and memories.

About The Author

This post is written by Douglas Brooks. He is the founder of ProReviewly.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot. He is also a rifle optic guru.

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Tyler Capobres has years of experience torture testing guns, knives and gear to their limit. If he's not writing about gun projects, reviewing products or mocking anti-gun zealots on Twitter, you'll find him at the range. Owner of thegoodgun.com, a website dedicated to all gun and knife enthusiasts.

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