How Much Does a Bow Cost?

Archery equipment is relatively cost-effective compared to other sports gear; for a beginner bow and some arrows as well as a target, all can cost less than $100.

Many archers attempting to save money buy purchasing used bows on Craigslist or similar markets; however, this could be dangerous and should only be attempted if experienced archers.

Recurve Bows

Your initial archery investment depends on your budget and skill level; starting off with a basic recurve bow should cost between $100 to $200 for beginners. These models are specifically tailored for this level of archery experience and may help determine whether archery is something that you would enjoy doing. Once your experience and skills grow, however, more accessories may need to be purchased including target tips and even limbs which may require higher investments.

Recurve bow prices vary based on material quality and brand, while custom-built or handcrafted models tailored specifically to an archer tend to cost more. A manufacturer’s reputation and expertise also has an effect on price; draw-weight range and rest features also have an effect.

Take-down recurve bows can also be more cost-effective options as their ability to separate limbs from risers makes transport and fitting into small bow cases much simpler. Furthermore, this construction makes them much simpler to repair or service as just the necessary part can be removed rather than all of it being affected simultaneously.

Recurve bows can also be an ideal choice for beginners as they tend to be less costly than compound bows and offer superior performance for their cost. Furthermore, these bows come in various sizes for both right- and left-handed people, and some models like Martin Jaguar Elite’s Recurve Bow have spaces specifically designated for hunting attachments.

No matter which bow type you purchase, it is wise to read reviews and compare prices before making your final purchase decision. Remember that price does not always indicate quality; oftentimes online or specialty archery equipment stores may offer great bargains!

Compound Bows

When purchasing a compound bow, it pays to do your research. Start by compiling a list of features and specifications most important to you before comparing prices from multiple retailers both online and in person – this ensures an apples-to-apples comparison so that you can make the best buying decision possible. Also look out for sales, discounts or special promotions which could save even more money off your purchase.

At this stage, it is also worth taking into account the possible costs associated with accessories like sights, stabilizers and arrow rests – these can vary significantly in price with more advanced models often commanding premium pricing. Therefore, it’s wise to budget for an entire “ready-to-shoot” package of between $500 to over $1,000 that features both a top-of-the-line compound bow as well as its associated accessories.

Another factor affecting the cost of a compound bow is its draw length, or draw distance. This refers to how far back archers pull back on the bowstring; you can customize this setting according to your personal requirements. If you need help choosing the ideal length, visit your local archery shop for assessment by their experienced staff; they’re sure to find you what’s perfect!

Finally, it is worth remembering that certain compound bows are designed specifically to be used left-handed – these bows can be an ideal option for southpaws who typically shoot using their right hand while writing with and using other implements with their left. Unfortunately they’re less common than their ambidextrous counterparts and can tend to be slightly more costly.

Based on your preferred form of archery, it’s also wise to budget for clothing and targets. Close-fitting clothes are essential for comfort when target practicing or competing in competitions; tight fitting clothes may even be mandatory! Quivers come in various prices from $20 up to $200 while bow cases provide necessary protection and easier transport of your investment.


Longbows are a classic choice among archers who prefer their classic appearance and feel. However, longbows have an extensive learning curve and should only be attempted by experienced users – they are not recommended for novice archers or those just beginning.

Price for longbows will depend on their materials and craftsmanship used during production; for instance, bows made from yew wood may cost more than ones created from maple or bamboo, and quality can have an effect.

Weight and draw length are also key elements that determine the cost of longbows. The heavier a bow, the higher its price. Draw length has an impactful role in its power and accuracy – shorter draw length bows tend to be more accurate while longer bows provide more power and force.

No matter which bow type you opt for, there are various accessories that can help enhance both performance and enjoyment of archery. These include arrows, bowstring and rest. In addition, sights that attach directly to the bow help hit targets more accurately while stabilizing tools can help steady during shots as well as quivers which hold your arrows safely during transport.

Prices will depend on your equipment needs; however, affordable options should usually be readily available. A quality arrow should cost no more than $10 each and consider investing in a nocking point which acts like an anchor to help center and shoot an arrow accurately.

To save money when purchasing archery equipment, it is crucial that you compare prices from different retailers online and in person. Also take advantage of sales or special promotions for added savings. Subscribe to archery newsletters so that you are up-to-date on new equipment releases and news!


If you’re new to archery, taking group lessons before making any big purchases may be beneficial. Many classes cost under $30 and will teach the basic shooting and care procedures – saving both money and effort in the long run!

Your choice of bow will depend on what kind of hunting you intend to do and your level of skill. For hunting purposes, choose a model with an impressive draw weight (150 pounds or higher is preferred); this allows faster-travelling arrows which increase chances for deadly strikes.

Crossbow bolt speed is also an indicator of power and accuracy; bows with speeds greater than 400 feet per second will suffice for most small game, while for taking down larger targets like deer or moose you will require something with more power and accuracy.

Many people assume that spending more on a bow will automatically make them better archers, but this may not always be the case. I know two kids who spent more on guitar lessons than they did on bow and arrow sets; both couldn’t master playing their instruments even after purchasing them!

Once again, quality bows can be found for under $500. One such package is the Killer Instinct Boss 405 complete package which comes complete with case and sling as well as nine broadheads and a quiver; that makes buying all this equipment separately much cheaper! If your budget allows more, investing in professional bow tuning services could help tune your bow more precisely for better performance and greater satisfaction – as well as prolong the lifespan of both bow and arrow investments.

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