Thanks for the advice. I am STILL leaning toward the compound bow because of the price and the noise especially. I plan to practice in my backyard and don't want to annoy the neighbors. (I think what I am going to do is go to Bass Pro and see if I can try out a compound bow and a crossbow.) I was also toying with the idea of a recurve bow but I don't really see them ever used for hunting (at least not in the past 20years in the US) and would imagine they are just as hard or worse to master master than a compound bow.
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