If you’re new to bowhunting and you wander into an archery shop, you’ll probably suffer from a severe case of sticker shock. The top-end models from most compound bow brands will start at around $1,000 and go up from there. And that’s for a bare bow, with no accessories. 

Relax. Breathe. And keep looking. What you want is the best beginner compound bow, and the same companies invariably offer entry-level and intermediate models that are perfectly capable of flinging accurate arrows and killing all the big game you care to hunt, for a fraction of the price. Even better, some of these bows come fully equipped and ready to shoot, eliminating the headache and expense of choosing and buying accessories.