The recurve bow is the choice for people who want the most genuine bow and arrow experience. The compound bow is the most advanced but pulling the string is assisted by pulleys, which is why it is not even allowed in the Olympics. So if you really want to hone and test your archery skill, either for target practice or hunting, a recurve bow is the way to go.
Recurve bows are simple too. They are like the long bows that you see in movies except the two ends are replaced with limbs that curve in and then out, or recurve. The recurve allows the string to travel further and more force to be used in pulling it, and therefore storing more energy for transfer to the arrow.
When you buy a recurve bow, you’re paying for the riser (the middle part that you hold with your off hand), two limbs, and the string (which you pull with your good hand), and of course how well they work together. Its simplicity means that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a good recurve bow.
The goal of this write-up is to show you the best recurve bows with excellent value to boot. These bows are suitable for beginners and seasoned archers alike. We have stayed away from top-of-the-line recurve bows that are much harder to use and commonly reviewed in hunting magazines because they are best used for taking down larger game. Wouldn’t it be much easier to get a firearm for that purpose?
Our best recurve bows are as follows.
Take Down Hunting Bow
The Southland Archery Product (SAS) Courage is a takedown bow.The limbs of a takedown recurve bow can be easily removed for easy portability. Many bow hunters prefer a takedown bow because they are easy to carry into the fields.
The SAS Courage is an excellent bow for target practice and hunting smaller game. The limbs are laminates of maple and Makore hardwood with an outer laminate of fiberglass. The riser is also made of hardwoods and nicely contoured for strength and optimized left or right hand grip. All recurve bows are configured for either right-handers or left-handers, so make sure you select the right configuration when purchasing.
The range of draw weight is 35 to 55lb. If you’re starting out, it’s best to start with a lower draw weight. If the draw is not comfortable, it will be hard to hold the string at full draw and aim at the same time. As you build up your strength, you can update the SAS Courage with new limbs of higher draw weight. This is a drawback of recurve bow vs compound bow as the draw weight of most modern compound bows can be adjusted on the fly.
The SAS Courage is easy to draw and aim. It is a recurve bow that you can master in a relatively short time. It comes complete with brass bushings for plunger, stabilizer, and sight.
The Grizzly by Bear Archery is our best recurve bow for hunting larger game. Despite its name, we’d not recommend you to go hunting for grizzlies with this bow. Instead, the name probably means you can use the Bear Archery Grizzly to hunt any game that a grizzly can hunt.
This is a powerful hunting bow, yet it is just about the quietest recurve bow we’ve tried. So if you missed during a hunt, you might even get another chance to aim and shoot. However, the Grizzly is so accurate that you wouldn’t have to worry about a second shot once you have mastered this bow. A good hunting bow is also great at target practice, so you can take the Grizzly to the range to build your competence. The anodized aluminum peep sight is built at 38o angle to assist with your aim.
The riser of this bow is made out of a single piece of the hardest and rare brown maple. This is an upgrade over cheaper recurve bows that have to rely on laminates of different hardwoods for strength. The risers are also made of hardwood with an outer laminate of fiberglass.
The draw weight range is 30 to 60lbfor right-handed Grizzly and 35 to 55lb for left-handed Grizzly. We have preselected 50lb draw weight for the links because it is the optimum draw weight for most bow hunters. Many jurisdictions outlaw the use of bows with lower draw weight for they are likelier to cause injury and suffering to larger animals than instant death.
The Samick Sage is a best seller everywhere because it is a very affordable recurve bow that performs like a much more expensive bow.
With a draw weight range of 25 to 60lb, you can use the Samick Sage for anything including bowfishing which requires lower draw weights in order to not rip apart the fish. You can grow from a novice to an expert archer with a Samick Sage and not ever feel a need to upgrade.
The riser is a laminate of hard maple and Dymondwood, and the limbs are hard maple with an outer layer of fiberglass. The grip is sure and as comfortable as you can expect from a bow. The Samick Sage is accurate enough when you first start using it and deadly accurate when you have mastered it.
We can recommend the Samick Sage for sport, bowfishing, and hunting. This is a super durable bow that can withstand the quick, repeated draw and release required in a full day of bowfishing. The higher draw weight Samick Sage is more than deadly for hunting deer and similarly sized game.
Our best recurve bow for hunting is the Bear Archery Grizzly. The build, accuracy and power of this bow can compete with more expensive recurve bows specialized for hunting. In addition, you will also be impressed by how quiet it is in action.
The best recurve bow for someone who has never wielded a bow before is the SAS Courage. This is the most intuitive bow to draw and aim. While beautifully crafted like a work of art, the riser is even more comfortable to hold, especially if you’re a beginner.
However, our best recurve bow overall is the Samick Sage. You will not believe how good this bow is given its misleadingly affordable price. The lowest draw weight option is suitable even for kids. You can grow with this bow to an expert marksman without feeling a need to upgrade. This bow far outperforms its price range so you won’t feel like it’s holding you back.