Best Archery Bows

In the world of archery, nothing else matters if you don’t have a good bow.  From horrible bows to some of the best bows, I’ve tried it all, so at this point in my life, I definitely know what to look for when it comes to choosing a bow.

I see so many people who make the rookie mistake of buying the first bow they see out of excitement and then end up disappointed when they don’t get the results that they expected from a good quality bow, so what I’ve done is cut out the frustrating and tedious job of searching for that one awesome bow and listed the ones that I currently use when I’m hunting or practicing.

If you don’t know yet, I’m a huge archery fanatic, so if I recommend something you better believe it’s of great quality and will only be in my archery arsenal if I deem it worthy enough to be.  I strongly dislike that many hunters waste their time and money on bows that aren’t great, so I’m here to do what I can to put an end to some of it.

Here are some pretty amazing options to check out that I actually own, tested, and recommend so that hopefully you and your family can get what you need to dominate as a hunter.

Compound Crossbow

I have many bows, but often times than not, I find myself reaching for my crossbows a lot more.  While searching on Amazon a few months back, I got my hands on the Genesis Original Kit bow and I absolutely love it.  I knew it was going to be good based on the specs, but what I received was way more than I expected.

The plan for this bow was just to have something for backup or for a buddy to use when out hunting, but this has turned into one of my main hunting bows and I can’t ever see myself being without it now.

Benefits of the Genesis Bow

  • Great for all ages
  • Safe, light, and narrow
  • Includes arrows, arm guard, and quiver
  • Sturdy composite limbs 
  • Minimal recoil and noise
  • Amazing Accuracy

This is an amazing bow.  Don’t just take my word for it though, check out the 100’s of reviews of people talking about how great it is!

Recurve Bow

When it comes to hunting, I’m not married to just one type of bow.  I like to switch things up from time to time and challenge myself to make my hunting experience that much more fun.  With that said, I recommend taking a look at KESHES Takedown Recurve Bow.  I’ve had this bow for a while and it has yet to disappoint me.  If recurve bows are your thing then I would definitely encourage you to give this one a go.

Benefits of the KESHES Takedown Bow

  • Comfortable Grip
  • Comes with pre-installed brass bushings for customization
  • Bowfishing compatible
  • Option to choose bow based on what your dominant hand is when shooting
  • Provides eyesight for the best accuracy 

I cannot explain how much I enjoy having this bow.  Between bowfishing compatibility,  comfort, and options to customize, this bow is a steal for the price.  With all the positive feedback I’ve been getting back from friends and family regarding this one, it is safe to say that it is definitely a keeper.

Long Bow

It can take a little longer to get the hang of shooting one of these, but once you do, it is so worth it!  I’ve owned this Longbowmaker Longbow for a few years now and it is still shooting like it did the very first day I got it.  The quality of this thing is just unreal and is one that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to buy a longbow. 

Benefits of the Longbowmaker Longbow

  • Handmade
  • Keeps quality and accuracy for a very long time
  • Crafted from wood, cow leather, beech, and glass steel
Youth Compound Bow

With all the technology out these days, I feel that physical activity is a must for not only our own health but for our kid’s health as well.  The best way I’ve been able to promote some healthy habits in my family has been to have my boys come out and shoot with me whenever I’m practicing.

After doing some research on bows for kids, I eventually ended up going with Barnett’s Lil Banshee Jr. compound bow.  For the price, these little thing shoots surprisingly well and have also seemed to hold up quite well from all the times my kids have dropped them.

Benefits of the Lil Banshee Jr.

  • Soft & good quality grip handle
  • Works with right and left-handed individuals
  • Amazing starter bow for kids new to archery

Although this bow is for kids, it is not a toy.  Arrow tips on this bow are more rounded than not, but can still cause injury if used improperly.  Always make sure to supervise your child while they are shooting so that accidents don’t happen.


Whether you’re a compound shooter or a longbow shooter, you can’t go wrong with these.  If you’re new to archery and are just now buying your first bow, make sure you master that bow before moving on to the next one so that you can be well experienced and knowledgeable when the time comes to get your next one.  Choosing which style bow you get will ultimately come down to preference, so educate yourself on the different kinds of bows and then determine what you feel would be the best fit for you based on what you’ve found.  All of these are good for hunting or practice, so don’t think too hard when choosing.