New Hunter: Rifle VS Bow Hunting
August 31st begins Bow hunting season. If you're a new hunter and are curious which way to go, then let's compare the differences of Bowhunting to Rifle hunting.
5-600 cost for equipment: Including new strings.
Recurring cost is minimal: Arrows are cheap.
Psychologically more difficult: Intense focus and precision are needed.
Must be 15 to 20 yards from the quarry: Your hunting skills and instinct are similar to the quarry in the food chain. You are the closest to an actual predator physically and emotionally.
More physically demanding: There is really nothing external that will allow you to steady your weapon. Everything comes from your shoulder and back strength.
Practice opportunities are pretty easy: All you need is a target and a backstop.
Bow hunters need to be precise on their hit: The smallest leaf or branch can divert the shot. Also, with less force than a gun, the bow can just injure an animal rather than kill it.
Recurring costs are expensive: Ammo isn't cheap
Not as difficult psychologically: Just have a good scope
Can be 50-300 yards away: as long as you're steady, and have a good scope you have a chance on a nice kill shot.
Less physically demanding: You can sit down, lay down or use a tree to steady your weapon.
Practice opportunities are pretty difficult: You would need a 300+ range or so which can be hard to find in a specific city.
You have a better chance of success with a rifle.
The verdict pretty much comes down to personal preference. If you need to see success quickly, then the Rifle is for you. If you are a purist and you're ok with paying your dues to get better then maybe you should look at the bow.
Personally, I would go to the rifle first to get the confidence up then switch to the Bow which seems like a more challenging way to hunt