If you are a recent convert to the compound archery bow, you might be about to take the plunge and buy your first compound bow. If that's the case, I'm sure you have aspirations of becoming a fairly accomplished archer or hunter, but where do you start if you are not part of a hunting community so have no one to approach for advice and information? Hopefully this article will go some way to help filling any lack of knowledge you might have. 1. Where to start - Unless you have unlimited funds, first you must know what you budget is, there is so much archery equipment available, that it's easy to get overwhelmed. If I learned one thing as a beginner, it is that this sport can drain your finances very quickly, but if you plan well before you start to spend, you should be able to keep a tight rein on any over spend and not meet too many surprises along the way. I would recommend starting out with one of the complete packages that all the major manufacturers put together. It's so easy at first to get caught in the trap of buying every nice gadget that you come across, but if you stick to a full archery package, you will avoid this. 2. Do your research - The world of hunting and archery is changing all the time, and what your friends or family tells you is the "best starter bow available" might not still be the case if they themselves were newbie's more than a couple of years ago. There are some great compound archery bow review sites on the web where you can get free information on all the latest gear. 3. Time to fling an arrow or two - When you are buying your first bow, I would suggest that it is essential that you try out different types of archery bows before making up your mind. Your local archery store will stock many different brands, so get down there and shoot a few arrows with each of them. 4. One more thing - Never forget that the ultimate aim is for you to find a bow that will be enjoyable to shoot. For that to happen, you first need to recognize what it is that makes shooting one bow so much better than any of the others that you are trying. Always remember that the bow has to work for YOU, so learn to ignore advice that doesn't fit in with your own experience of shooting a particular bow. Remember that you are new to this and these are expensive pieces of equipment, so there is no hurry to make your decision. Don't feel pressurized by a salesperson to buy one of those Mathews bows if it doesn't feel 100% right or you could end up with the wrong bow that you will be stuck with for a long time.