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Default Teens & Mathews bows ??

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MY son will turn 13 in June, he has outgrown his Browning Micro-Midas now,
& I will have to get him a new bow this Aug.----I myself am a Mathews man--
I don't know though, if he can shoot the new Switchback ?? Anyone know for sure--
He is growing, but I'd say he a 26 draw or so right now
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:16 PM
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How big is your wallet???? I am a Matthews shooter too so dont get me wrong but Matthews dont allow draw length adjustment with out buying different cams. I would look at the Hoyt line or the new Brownings look good. If you think he is done growing then i would say the Swichback or Outback would be a good choice but at 13 I doubt that he is.
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:40 PM
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Default Bowtech Tomkat?

I'm not sure if Bowtech still makes the Tomkat or not. It might be worth looking into. My brother has one that is about 3 or 4 years old. It is a nice little bow. It is a package set up. Take a look.
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http://www.huntersfriend.com/2006-Bo...omKat-Package/ bowtech-tomkat-compound-bow-package.htm - 50k
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I wouldnt spoil my son with a Mathews. personaly being a young adult am glad I had to bought my own hunting equipment so I can appreciate what I can afford. I wouldnt start my son off with the best of the best. PLus you dont want him to out do you. You can create a stronger bow hunter starting him off with a less of a bow even if he has had a bow before. until he is full grown I would buy him a bow one or a couple steps down. You gotta keep something to your advantage. Your is idol, gotta keep it that way!
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:05 AM
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Take a look at the Mathews Mustang its for women and younger(smaller) shooters.
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I also support the idea of looking into a bowtech tomkat. If you don't like that try a bowtech blackhawk......this is the bow I shoot......very light weight and only 27 inches axle to axle.........although maybe that is too short for someone that young......but I don't know I know kids half my age that could out shoot me all day.

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I also support deanodeerkilla's advice. Don't go right for the cadilac yet.....he will want to work his way up to that soon enough. My first bow was a browning compound.....it had and all wood riser and fiberglass limbs.......It was a miserable old woman.....but I think it made me appreciate what I have now. Just a thought.
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Or......maybe we are all just jealous of your kid getting an arrow burner of a bow in the Mathews line. LOL!
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Default Advice that was passed on to me from an older fellow.

This older fellow that I looked up too years ago told me that if you are going to take a kid fishing buy him the best equipment that you can afford. You'll be glad that you did. I think this applies to many things. Bows in this day & age are so nice that I believe that you can get away with something less than the very best. One thing I would consider if it were my child would be for him or her to chip in on the purchase of the bow. My dad told me that if I mowed grass all summer & saved my money he would pay the difference for me to buy my first gun. I thought wow what a deal. I saved a hundred & fifty dollars that summer back in 1987. It was a big day when dad took me to buy my 1st gun. I still have that gun & feel I earned it. I'm sure you are a good parent & can make your own decision on how the deal is made. I just wanted to share my story.
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I like all the thoughts thanks Guys
He is a good kid & he works his butt off here at the house & then out in the country, where he is a huge help for me out there with our foodplots & mowing, etc. !!!
I MAKE sure he gets a buck 1st !!! These are his last 2 bucks---he hasn't got one yet with a bow, but he has had a few shots !

These are the 1st 3 bucks of his life, all 3 taken off our food plot at our 53 acres in MO.
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YUP
Its Mathews time!!!!!
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Default Good to hear that he is a worker.

Sounds like you could just get him the gun for all the work he has done in the plots & around the house. I feel a kid can & should be rewarded for their efforts every now & then. It sounds like you have a good kid & it looks like he isn't a bad hunter either. Best of luck to the both of you's on your plots & during the up coming deer season. BTW I like the pictures.
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I have been switching my approach to equipment for my kids as well as myself. With all of the internet boards, you can get good used equipment for a fraction of the cost. Especially if you can do most of your own work on the bow, a used Mathews and a few extra cams of various draw lengths will be far less than a new bare bow. Archerytalk.com classifieds have tons of bows, just be patient. Prices on ebay tend to run a little higher but you have a little more protection.
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I started off with a hand-me-down PSE thuderflight that was really not fitted for me and caused me to wound my first buck...it was on that day I decided I needed a bow of my own, so I started saving and the following spring bought my Mathews SQ2, its small and fast and sweet as pie, I love it. The day I bought it was darn near the best day of my young life, I bought it when i was 15. I had decided that since I worked hard for the money(mowing, weedeatin, and doing odd jobs) that I wanted the best money could buy, so I went out and spent every penny I had made on the bow and don't regret it a bit. Spending less on a not as top-notch bow is perfectly fine; but aint nothing wrong with getting the best either!
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yes, 1 way or another I am thinking more now towards a Mathews, new or used !
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As I've posted before, my wife shot pro for Mathews for 2 years. She started with an ultra lite. I think it's called fx 2 now, but it's still a great starter bow. I don't know much about the new bows, we've been off the circuit for about 5 years now, but you used to be able to adjust the draw on it by 1", I'm betting you still can. Even as he grows, it's not that expensive to buy new cam. As a matter of fact, I could probably scare up a few extra cams that have been laying in a box.
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I shoot in a 3d league and have watched people start out with lesser bows and never seem to move beyond the bow, rest..ect. When they moved to a better bow the scores jumped up. For my kids 9 and 8 I started them with a compound bow with a release. As they get older I plan on buying with thier help the best equipement they can handle.. I would hate to see them struggle before using technology to help them
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