Good advice being given. A compound will definitely be more difficult to start out on, but will also give the most satisfaction IMO once you're used to it. Crossbows are very deadly and extremely accurate, but you really have to know the range your target it at. A 5 yard estimation error can mean bad things. A properly set up compound bow will be able to stretch that margin of error out a lot more. But a compound requires a lot of practice, and a consistent shooting form in order to be accurate.
I've been a very devout compound bow hunter over the past 4 years (when I first started bow hunting), but am now looking to move exclusively to crossbows. My back just can't handle all the practice that the compound bow requires and my Diamond is just sits there in the case.
Recurve and long bows are tons of fun, but require an amazing amount of dedication and practice time.
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