I have not bow hunted so all this is new to me. Would like some guidance on selecting a bow and accessories. I've been to several archey shops with widely varying results. Some are very knowledgable and willing to share. Some amaze me that they continue in business.
Everyone I've talked with says to buy the bow that feels best to you. I've shot a few bows, PSE, Martin, Matthews, but am not knowledgable enough to tell the difference. Twin Cam or single? The second piece of advice I seem to hear is buy from someone who can offer service after the sale. Is this really that important? What about eBay deals?
I'd stick with the single cam. As for which bow, that may depend on your budget. Any of the bows you mentioned will do the trick. I prefer PSE, but thats me. Service after sale would be important if you are not knowledgable with bows. Since there are no shops where I live, I do all my own work (it's very easy to do). If you kinda know what your looking for and your draw lenght, try Cabelas. You may just save a bundle, catch one of the kits when they have a sale. I have had a few friends order the PSE Nova kits and are very happy with them. One buddy has already taken five pigs with his, this year!
KMitch, You really do need to find a good pro shop to start with. The work on the bow is easy once you learn (like anything else I guess) but you need a properly set-up bow and some shooting instruction before you start. If not, you'll likely get discouraged or worse, pick up bad habits that are very hard to break down the road.
I also say it's best to go to a good Pro Shop at least to find out the proper draw length and poundage you'd be comfortable with. Brand preference is just that, a preference or an opinion. Most of the bows on the market today are quality products in all the price ranges.
As far as the solo or dual cams go, that will depend on how smooth of a draw you want. You can still buy some bows with the round wheels that are silky smooth to draw but you sacrifice speed. Some of the more radical solo cams are not as smooth drawing as others, but the same goes for the radical dual cam bows.
I prefer a smooth drawing, moderate brace height (7+") and 60 lb limbs for those cold mornings when you been on stand for hours.
KsBowhunter has a good point. Find a good shop that will be willing to help you out and wants you to come back. All the brand names you mentioned are good bows. As for which cam, I shoot a Martin twin because it was smoother than their single. But that is me. If you are really serious about the sport, I wouldn't worry about the price. A bow can last you 10 years easy if you take care of it. And I really believe you get what you pay for. My whole set-up with 6 arrows was a cool "G" by the time I walked out the door with it. But I love it and will keep it forever. The bow with nothing on it was $519. But who wants a bow with nothing on it?
Well put Duck Fan. I wish that was how I got started. I had to read everything Chuck Adams put out to learn what I could because I had no one. Nothing like being a "Super Senoir" at the "School of Hard Knocks". But the stories and memories will last forever. I just bought my 9 year old a PSE Spider and he is loving it. He already wants a release and stabilizer and wants to shoot squirrels out the kitchen window like his dad. I'm saying "No way boy", you are shooting fingers and using the lane I have set up for you until you are old enough to learn your own tricks. You gotta crawl for a while. He is already shooting 23# and hitting the "Block" target I have at 20 yards. He is all over it, but still hitting it. I'm guessing in about 4 years or so I'll be showing him how to dress and skin one. I can't wait. That should be as exciting as watching my Dumbass 15 year old graduate some day. Might even be right around the same time.