Get rid of the compound?


Senior Member
Apr 27, 2012
I’ll start by saying that I am pretty obsessive by nature, so I tend to go “all or nothing” once I find something to try.

That being said, archery has always been a constant for me. I’ve never given it up, and I always have enjoyed it since I can remember. I’m currently trying to get going in the trad world, but money is tighter than I’d like. This kind of puts me into a spot that has me questioning whether or not I’m just an idiot.

I’m debating selling off all of my compound stuff, simply because I’m a little put off by it. I have an old Samick type recurve with bent limbs hanging in my garage that I have more fun shooting than my Hoyt Hyperforce that I can effectively shoot decently far. I haven’t killed a lot of animals with my compound by any means, but the more I use it the more the technology of it kind of puts me off. When I pick up a recurve, I just don’t get that nervous feeling I get when I grab a compound.

Maybe y’all can give me a push either way, whatever that happens to be, but I’m seriously thinking there is no point in keeping a compound.
Go for it! Sell the compound, use the money to get a nice used replacement for your FUBAR Samick, dive in with both feet and don't look back.


Senior Member
Sep 20, 2018
In someone's favorite spot
Here's a true story....

Buddy of mine was torn between his new recurve and the comfort-zone compound he'd used for years. We were getting ready for a caribou hunt in central NWT and there was more than a little riding on the decision. He asked me what I thought. I told him to just go with what his heart wanted and stop agonizing. Choose a bow and put the other one away for good....or until after that hunt. A week later he told me the recurve was the bow he chose and the compound was put away. He killed a heck of a fine caribou bull on that trip. I watched him make the shot and he nailed it. It's surprising what you can do when you remove options and just focus on one thing.

I would never tell someone to do it a certain way....meaning my way. I ditched the compound back in the mid '80s and went full-on stickbow. I wanted nothing more to do with a wheelbow and so getting rid of it wasn't a matter for debate. I gave myself no option except to get better with the recurve. I did. I killed as many and then more animals with the recurve versus compound. Best move I ever made and I still wouldn't change a thing if I could.
I did the exact same thing. The year was 1988.


Senior Member
Apr 5, 2012
I haven't read through all of the comments but I was in THE EXACT SAME BOAT.

Had a cheap PSE I'd got off camp fire 5 years ago. Never played with it much. Started shooting this winter and suddenly I never touched my compound that I had loved so much before. Someone posted a steal of a deal on a nice bow I had wanted to shoot if I ever got to that level. Posted all my compound stuff for sale just to see. It sold that day. Sold off a kifaru pack to get the rest of the money gathered up and bought the stalker.

I regret absolutely NOTHING. The bow is a big leap forward from my PSE and I shoot it even more than I shot my compound and enjoy it so much more. I pretty much only hunt archery so I'm all in for the year and excited as hell!!!

Get some legit coaching, check out the push and their Facebook page and Facebook has a traditional buy sale trade page that has great mid level bows for super good prices.

My vote is go all in!!!!