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giles
05-08-2017, 08:02 PM
Any suggestions? Or anyone have one that your kid grew out of? I've got a boy turning 10 in a couple weeks and put one on his list...so I'm searching and know exactly nothing about bows, let alone kids ones. This won't be a hunting bow, but if he gets hooked, I don't want him learning bad habits.

Knowing him, a non-wheeled bow is probably what he's thinking. I haven't had a chance to chat with him yet.

hickslawns
05-08-2017, 10:00 PM
Mathews Genesis if he is real small. If you are looking for something which can grow with him, Diamond has made several. We have a Diamond Razor's Edge. Could be wrong on the model name. You can change weight and draw lengths without a press. Huge range of draw lengths and weight ranges.

Jamie
05-09-2017, 04:44 AM
take him to an OSTA shoot. they give away kids bows and arrows. instruction is free, too. kids love stick bows. at least I've never seen one that didn't.

finelyshedded
05-09-2017, 07:42 AM
take him to an OSTA shoot. they give away kids bows and arrows. instruction is free, too. kids love stick bows. at least I've never seen one that didn't.


I agree with Jamie.

Spencie
05-09-2017, 10:58 AM
Alpine used to make a great youth hunting bow.

Hoytmania
05-09-2017, 11:54 AM
Check with Cotty. I sold him Austin's first bow for one of his boys. I'm not sure if he has outgrown it yet or not. It was a great first bow with lots of room to grow.

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w356/sdlesk/DEER/DSC01085.jpg (http://s523.photobucket.com/user/sdlesk/media/DEER/DSC01085.jpg.html)

brock ratcliff
05-09-2017, 12:36 PM
Mason has had a Darton Ranger, Mission Craze, and PSE Spider. He liked the Darton the best. They are all similar with draw length and weight adjustments. Good bows, all of them.

cotty16
05-09-2017, 01:04 PM
Check with Cotty. I sold him Austin's first bow for one of his boys. I'm not sure if he has outgrown it yet or not. It was a great first bow with lots of room to grow.

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w356/sdlesk/DEER/DSC01085.jpg (http://s523.photobucket.com/user/sdlesk/media/DEER/DSC01085.jpg.html)

I saw this thread and thought about that, but my daughter has been bugging me to set it up for her. I'm gonna hang onto it for now.

Hoytmania
05-09-2017, 01:16 PM
I saw this thread and thought about that, but my daughter has been bugging me to set it up for her. I'm gonna hang onto it for now.
I was kinda wondering about that, glad to hear she's gonna use it!!!!!!

giles
05-09-2017, 01:36 PM
Thanks for all the replies so far, I'm just following along reading. Steve or Mike, what is the bow and model? That seems to have made its rounds and held up.

cotty16
05-09-2017, 08:01 PM
It's a Bear Odyssey.

The ones mentioned by the others are good too.

giles
05-09-2017, 08:15 PM
Thanks.

I'm also really thinking about the OSTA idea. Jamestown is right up the road from us...
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BCamp
05-09-2017, 08:19 PM
The bear cruzer would be a good one that could grow with him. 5-70 lb draw weight and 12-30 inch draw length. I know you can change draw weight without a press, not sure about length. Right now it's $50.00 off at field and stream and if you sign up for their email list they'll send you a coupon for 15% off your next purchase which I believe you can use on sale items.

Curran
05-10-2017, 11:57 AM
My son has the Diamond Infinite Edge and my daughter just got the Mission Craze II. They're both really good quality first bows for them to grow with with huge ranges of adjustment for drawn length and poundage. Hell, they both adjust up to 70 pounds so they could use them forever. You can't go wrong with either, although I'd give the edge to Mission.

BigZ
05-10-2017, 12:44 PM
I bought my step son, who is nine, the mission craze II for christmas. It seems a bit heavy for him but he is on the small side for his age. I like the amount of adjustments from 15# to 70# draw so this bow should last him for a long time. I need to get it set up for him after school is over so we can shoot all summer together. I do not think he will be able to pull the min requirement of 40# for a compound bow but at least he will be shooting with me.

Hoytmania
05-10-2017, 05:04 PM
I bought my step son, who is nine, the mission craze II for christmas. It seems a bit heavy for him but he is on the small side for his age. I like the amount of adjustments from 15# to 70# draw so this bow should last him for a long time. I need to get it set up for him after school is over so we can shoot all summer together. I do not think he will be able to pull the min requirement of 40# for a compound bow but at least he will be shooting with me.
This is exactly how Austin started. He got the bow when he was 8. By the time he was 10 he was hunting with it.

You would be surprised if he shoots alot, how quick his draw weight will increase.

Man I miss those days!! Enjoy em while you got em fellas, they grow up quick.

cspot
05-10-2017, 06:04 PM
My son has the Diamond Infinite Edge and my daughter just got the Mission Craze II. They're both really good quality first bows for them to grow with with huge ranges of adjustment for drawn length and poundage. Hell, they both adjust up to 70 pounds so they could use them forever. You can't go wrong with either, although I'd give the edge to Mission.

'My son has a Diamond Infinite Edge. It is a nice bow and isn't overly expensive. Like you said with the adjustment they can shoot them forever.

Iowa_Buckeye
05-10-2017, 08:09 PM
Another vote for the Infinity Edge. I got Diamond Atomics for my girls and wish I would have went with the Infinity after I saw one. They would have lasted them longer.

giles
05-24-2017, 10:32 AM
He kept going back and forth with what he wanted, so we didn't spend the big money at this point. We will see how well he takes to it. He doesn't even want to do the OSTA shoot anymore...

Anyways, this was his morning.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170524/cb46d07b82eee476832a1234c97ab64a.jpg

MoonLab
05-24-2017, 10:47 AM
Thats awesome, giles

Dustinb80
05-24-2017, 10:55 AM
Hell yeah. Way to be.

Bigslam51
05-24-2017, 11:34 AM
Good stuff, Dave! He's gotta start somewhere!

CJD3
05-24-2017, 01:00 PM
Dave, you have given him a basic set-up. Your a good Dad.

I can say that my 2 kids cost me more in start-up gear or stuff that they later lost interest in (like sports, music and gear) / than I ever spent in upgrades to a interest they stuck with.

Hope he sticks with it! Enjoy the time!

Big_Holla
05-24-2017, 03:58 PM
Hey that works perfectly, especially if he's not sure about shooting yet. I'm in the same boat with my son, loves hunting with the crossbow and not sure on the regular bow yet. We went to a shop a while back and he really liked one there but heck I can't get him to shoot his smaller bow or his sister's old bow that actually fits him good.

giles
05-24-2017, 09:26 PM
Thanks guys, it's been a hell of a day. We didn't even get a chance to take it out of the package. He was more interested in toys, which is fine. It'll be sitting here if he gets the bug. I'm not going to push him on it at all. I know his younger brother is begging for me to get it out. Lol

giles
06-12-2017, 02:25 PM
He finally got the bug yesterday and I'd wished I'd done a better job setting it up... It needs a few things before being accurate at all. First will be some sort of rest for the nock. It doesn't have anything besides some rubber that moves freely. He didn't seem to care and still had fun just being able to hit the target.

He doesn't have the strength to shoot it more then a few times. So he would shoot it a few times and let the other kids go while he rested. Thinking he needs some help with form...[emoji23]
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Dustinb80
06-12-2017, 02:27 PM
It's a start. Good job

Bigslam51
06-12-2017, 02:30 PM
It's a start. Good job
X2, he'll get the hang of it. Everything takes practice. Good stuff, Dave!

giles
06-12-2017, 02:52 PM
Yup! The wife just text me that him and Brian are out shooting it right now. Brian turns 15 tomorrow and asked my wife if I'd buy him one for his birthday...anyone have an old junker bow for about $100? He's 6-3...and will most likely only shoot it for the month he's spending with us.
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bowhunter1023
06-12-2017, 03:33 PM
He strong enough to pull 55-60 pounds?

Bigslam51
06-12-2017, 04:53 PM
See if someone will let you borrow one

bowhunter1023
06-12-2017, 06:03 PM
See if someone will let you borrow one
That's where I'm headed...

Bigslam51
06-12-2017, 06:06 PM
That's where I'm headed...
I knew what you were laying down, I picked it up😂

bowhunter1023
06-12-2017, 06:14 PM
I knew what you were laying down, I picked it up😂
Better than picking up what I just laid down. You know what they say: If it's brown, flush it down... lmao

Bigslam51
06-12-2017, 06:18 PM
Better than picking up what I just laid down. You know what they say: If it's brown, flush it down... lmao
Haha!!

giles
06-12-2017, 08:48 PM
No, he struggles with strength...video game is strong though.

Iowa_Buckeye
06-12-2017, 09:17 PM
Hope he sticks with it!
Do your best to get it set up as good as you can. They can get frustrated and can loose interest, and fighting the equipment will make it worse.

giles
06-13-2017, 07:26 PM
More kids getting involved...mom even wanted to play!
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Dustinb80
06-13-2017, 07:46 PM
Awesome

giles
06-13-2017, 08:02 PM
And the shy one had to try.
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This little damn thing has been the evening fun for the family. Money well spent! These other kids were very scared of it at first. Being from inner city Anchorage, they'd never even seen a bow before in real life. Look at them go!!!

Bigslam51
06-13-2017, 08:09 PM
The shy one has the best form😎

MoonLab
06-14-2017, 11:01 AM
Awesome, brother. Good to see everyone shooting the bow. Way to go.