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Get the Right Compound Bow for Your Hunt

Gear up for archery season with a new compound bow from DICK'S Sporting Goods. Whether you're an experienced hunter, a beginner, or you're browsing youth compound bows for a first-timer, you'll find what you need here. Choose from a great selection of trusted brands including Bear Archery, PSE, Barnett and more. And, if you find a better price on a compound bow from another qualifying retailer, we'll match it with our Best Price Guarantee.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the number of bows available, narrow your search with our selection of top-rated compound bows. Each bow in this collection has an average customer rating of at least four stars.

After you choose your compound bow, get everything you need for the hunt. DICK'S has a wide selection of archery essentials, including arrows, broadheads, bow sights, bow releases, arrow rests and quivers.

Make sure your bow is ready to go — stop into your nearest DICK'S Store to explore a great selection of Archery Services. You can get your bow tuned, pick up your state hunting license and more.

Compound Bow Buying Tips

Keep the following points in mind before purchasing your compound bow.

  • Axle-to-Axle Length: This refers to the bow's total length. In general, longer bows tend to be more stable and easier to shoot, making them an ideal choice for beginners and younger shooters. Shorter compound bows, however, offer optimum maneuverability, which comes in handy when hunting from treestands or other tight spaces.
  • Draw Length: Draw length is the distance between the nocking point on the string and the deepest part of the grip when the bow is at full draw (brace height is the distance from grip to bowstring when it's at rest). If you're unsure what your draw length is, you can find it rather easily by measuring your "wingspan" with the help of a friend. Stand up straight and stretch your arms out from your sides. Have your friend measure across your body from the tip of one middle finger to the other. Take that number, divide it by 2.5 and you'll have your approximate draw length. Conveniently, many of the compound bows available at DICK'S feature adjustable draw length.
  • Draw Weight: Draw weight, listed in pounds, indicates the amount of force it takes to draw the bow. A higher draw weight means more speed, but too much weight can have a negative impact on your accuracy. Ideally, you'll only need 75% of your strength to pull back your bow. This ensures you can make a good shot even if you feel fatigued on the hunt. And, as with draw length, many of today's compound bows offer adjustable draw weight.
  • Speed: Bow speed is expressed in feet per second (FPS). Keep in mind that manufacturers are known to use differing methods to measure bow speed.