Choosing the right bow.
Well, KCC, the first thing that I would suggest is that if you have a few extra dollars, go purchase a few archery magazines. Traditional Bowhunter and Primitive Archer are two of my favorites,
but in a Borders or a Walmart, there are plenty of others that you could look through.
My second suggestion is that you find a local archery range and archery supply store and go visit them. Most archery ranges will let you test-fire bows so you can see what feels comfortable and if the bow is the right fit for you. Try as many bows as you can, different styles, sizes, draw weights, etc. The archery community in the U.S. has a lot of very helpful and courteous people that are more than willing to share knowledge with you.
If you visit with a few people about what your particular interests are, more than likely you'll find somebody that can guide you in
the right direction.
I wouldn't make any great financial investment in any product or piece of equipment unless you've tried it and know that that is would you'll be using. you should be comfortable with a bow, like it is merely an extension of your arm.
I personally, don't know much about modern compound bows, because I make my own traditional bows, by hand. But common sense tells you to get a bow you can handle, something that isn't too hard to draw back.
Depending upon the shape you are in and what you want to use the bow for, your draw weight, or the poundage of the bow, etc.,
that should narrow down your hunt for the right bow.
I have a 70lb bow that I only use to hunt buffalo from the ground.
I have a small, 39" horse bow with a draw weight of 45 lbs that I only use to shoot from horseback.My horse bows have to be small for optimum maneuverability while I am cantering on the back of a horse. I shoot forward, sideways and backwards in demonstrations or competitions.
So, I could not use an English Longbow for what I do.
But do yourself a favor and don't rush into it.Remember, archery is not just a sport, it is a discipline, if you really want to excel. I always challenge myself to be better, not compared to others, but for myself. That takes a lot of commitment and practice. Go meet some fellow archers ask their opinion. Archers are always glad to share their opinions...as you can see! Good luck and I hope your hunt for a bow is successful.