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My friends and I were discussing this a while back and wanted your opinions we finally agreed on the Matthews Genisis

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That might be kind of an expensive bow for a kid. I would hate to have to buy a new bow for them a year later cause they out grew it and if they decide thay dont like it you wont get the money you paid for it back. One tip if you get a bow for a child dont get the arrows cut to short cause as they grow and need a longer draw you would have to get new arrows to.

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expensive would be my take as well. it may have everything you would want for a kid, highly adjustable draw length, and weight, forgiving in design, but we can get that in a pse spyder, or the micro midas, slightly used for around $150 bucks. much less painless when the kid decides he would rather play the piano.

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Expensive... yes, but if you don't mind go for it. there are alot of less expensive choices out there, that may be better for someone just starting out

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I would recommend the Genesis as well. I bought one for my son's birthday earlier this year. The only thing that you can't do is hunt deer with it. My boy is 6 years old and can pul]l it back easily...in it is pretty darn fast. What is kind of fun is that I can shoot it too. I would think if a guy ever wanted to shoot fish or something like that...it would work perfect. It is a good starter bow for kids that want to shoot but are too young to hunt. Another thing that is nice about them is the resale value is excellent.

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Kinda depends on the age of the kids. The Bear odyssey II is a good bow and a good buy.

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Actually you might be able to hunt with it now that they took the poundage down to a 30 lb minimum for bowhunters

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The nice thing about the Genesis is that the draw lenght is very adjustable. If the kid has outgrown it, they are probably ready for an actual hunting bow. Also, the genesis bows are what are commonly used in the archery programs in the school system. If your school doesn't have them, there are lots of ways they can get them.

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the boys have the brave and warrior by Bear, they are not that bad but a Genesis would be nice for them to learn on, Then if they like it move up to something with the weight to harvest a deer with.

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just bought my daughter a Prker buck shot at cabelas. nice bow that can adjust for her as she grows.

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I also got my 8 year old son a Parker Buckshot. We just took it to Cabelas yesterday (where I bought it) to get it set up. He can pull it back just fine at it's lowest setting which is 20lb. I have to say, I was very satisfied with the service at the Cabelas archery shop. The guy did a lot of work on the bow getting is set up and was very helpful.

The only problem with the Buckshot is that it's nicer than my bow!!

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The Genesis is not an overly expensive bow, but also not necessarily designed for hunting per se, though you could. It's more designed to be an all-around, fit-everyone type of bow, which is perfect for the NASP. You didn't mention age, weight range you think he can handle, or current draw length, but somebody mentioned the Bear above and the other is the new Mathews Mission one, both of which are adjustable over 8-10 inches I believe, and can adjust quite a range in weight also. Most others you can only back the limbs out 10 lbs or so from peak. PSE Spyder works well too with about 5 inches of adjustment, but you'd have to get heavier limbs later on, which they will do for you rather inexpensively. I do disagree with the one writer above however - whatever you have him shoot for arrows that first year or two, cut them short enough they fit for the draw length, and fly well. Just don't buy him 3 dozen so you feel like you have to keep them long so he has them to shoot 3 years from now. He'll shoot better with matched arrows and his confidence will soar.

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