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There’s nothing quite like the original.

While advances in technology have brought archery a long way, sometimes the old school designs are the top. There’s just something about a beautiful wood recurve bow.

And the thing is …

Recurve bows are every bit as capable as the most advanced compound bows. They just need a bit more practice to use effectively.

If you’re thinking of picking up a recurve bow, keep reading for a closer look at our top choices and the accessories to go with them.


Bear Archery Super Kodiak Recurve

How to Choose the Right One for Your Needs

While recurve bows might all look generally the same, there’s still quite a bit to consider. From materials and construction to power, these tools have a lot to offer.

Why Recurve?

Know Your Purpose

Materials and Construction

Pay Attention to Draw Weights

Budgeting for a Recurve Bow

The Top Recurve Bows for Every Purpose

For Hunting

Martin Archery Hunter

If you’re looking for the perfect model for hunting, the Martin Archery Hunter is one of the greatest there is.

The Hunter leverages its long 62 inch length to give archers greater stability when shooting. A long maximum draw length of 30 inches also ensures that larger archers won’t be left out.

This unit is also available in draw weights of 35 to 65 pounds, giving buyers of all strengths and statures options.

Martin’s Hunter has been a mainstay in the world of recurve bow hunting for over 50 years. It’s one of the top ones available.

Some of the things that really makes the Hunter stand out are its speed and silence. Besides this bow’s strength and stability, its surprisingly fast due to the fiberglass and maple laminations that make up its limbs. Many users also praise the Hunter’s stealthy operation.

For Beginners

SAS Snake 

Learning to shoot a recurve bow well takes time and practice. Many bow hunters practice on a near daily basis leading up to hunting season.

If you’re just getting started, the SAS Snake is a great way to start leaning the ropes and getting used to shooting a bow. The Snake is also a great way to introduce kids or younger shooters to the sport.

This model is available in draw weights from 18 pounds to 26. This means the Snake is probably not a great choice for hunting but works very well for target shooting—particularly for beginners or smaller archers who are not ready for heavier draw weights.

The Snake is 60 inches long overall and is made of a composite material. Composite construction makes for a very strong bow that can really stand up to the abuse of repeated target shoots.

At under $100, the SAS Snake is also easy for beginners to afford.


Samick Sage Takedown

One of the drawbacks of traditional bows is their size. Many are over 60 inches long. This makes them tough to store and transport safely.

If you’re looking for a simple, easy to afford take down recurve, it’s hard to go wrong with the Samick Sage Takedown. Collapsing down into three pieces, this model can be easily stored in small spaces and packs nicely for your next hunting trip.

The Sage is 62 inches long overall when assembled and is available in draw weights of 25 to 60 pounds. Right or left hand models are available too.

This bow's limbs are made of maple and fiberglass, giving shooters great long term durability and power. Other limbs can also be purchased to adjust the draw weight or performance in the future.

One of the nice things about the Sage is its price. At under $200, it’s a steal and ba great buy for beginners and experienced shooters alike.

For Beginning Adults

SinoArt Lion 62" Takedown Hunting

While the SAS Snake makes an excellent beginner recurve bow, it’s really better suited to younger or smaller archers. For adults looking to pick up their first bow, something a little more powerful may be a better idea if you plan to do any hunting.

The SinoArt Lion 62" Takedown Hunting is good option for beginner adults. At 62 inches long, this one is large enough and allows for a long enough draw for adults to be comfortable with it.

The Lion is available in draw weights of 30 to 70 pounds, ensuring that there’s plenty of options for archers of all strengths and sizes.

This is also a takedown model. The riser is made of metal, giving it plenty of strength, and the limbs are made of wood sandwiched between a composite material. If you’re looking for a more tactical design, the Lion definitely has that appearance.

For Survival

WOARCHERY Combat Archery Takedown

Recurve bows make excellent survival tools. They’re simple and easy to maintain. If cared for properly, they can last for many years with little maintenance.

While just about any model variation could serve well in a survival situation, the WOARCHERY Combat Archery Takedown is a particularly good choice for a couple of reasons.

For starters, this bow is simple and very little. At just two pounds, it could easily be stored or carried just about anywhere. The WOARCHERY is also made entirely of fiberglass and other composite materials, meaning that it’s not susceptible to the same kind of deterioration as wood. It’s also a takedown bow, so it’s easy to store and transport.

This WOARCHERY bow only has a 25 pound draw weight, so it’s not the most powerful model out there. But, it could be used effectively to take smaller game in a survival situation.

At 54 inches long overall, this one is fairly short, but still offers draw lengths up to 32 inches.

For Target Archery

SAS Courage 60" Takedown

If you’re looking for a simple, reliable bow for target archery that still has plenty of accuracy, take a look at the SAS Courage 60" Takedown.

The Courage is of a simple, wood and fiberglass takedown design. It’s about 62 inches long overall and is a good size for even larger archers with a maximum draw length of 30 inches.

The Courage can be had with draw weights of 35 to 60 pounds. That means plenty of power for everything from target shooting, to hunting large game.

The riser of the Courage is a laminate of several hardwoods, including maple.

The Top Accessories on the Market


M.A.K Targeting Arrows 30-inch

A bow isn’t good for a whole lot without arrows. And it’s hard to get much out of your tool without a set of quality, well matched arrows.

The M.A.K [Targeting Arrows] 30-Inch 0.309 inch Outer Diameter Carbon Outdoor Archery Practice Hunting Arrows are a good choice for anyone looking for quality arrows at a reasonable price.

These arrows are made of a durable carbon that’s designed to flex when it needs to and fly straight.

The nocks can be adjusted as need and points can be changed to suit the needs of the archer. 

With an overall length of 30 inches and a diameter of 0.307 inches, these arrows are designed for use with 40 to 60 pound bows.

String Silencer

Mountain Man Beaver Balls String Silencer

As stealthy as a recurve bow may seem, the twang of a bow string in a quiet wood, can actually be quite loud.

While this may not be a big problem for target shooters, keeping your tool as quiet as possible while hunting is kind of a big deal.

One of the excellent ways to keep a recurve bow quieter, is with a sting silencer.

The Mountain Man Beaver Balls String Silencer is a great silencer that won’t break the bank.

There’s really not a whole lot to these string silencers—they’re just balls of beaver fur that slip onto your bowstring.

The fluffy nature of these balls helps absorb the shock that runs through the bowstring when the arrow is released.

But, simple as they are, they’re very effective at keeping recurve bows quiet.

Arrow Rest

Bear Arrow Rest/Silent Plate

While most archery tools work great right out of the box, there are a few subtle additions that really help them shine.

One of those additions is a padded arrow rest.

Arrow rests help the arrow travel smoothly and silently from the weapon to the target. The soft surface of the arrow rest also helps arrows travel more consistently and predictably.

One of the top arrow rests available is the Bear Arrow Rest/Silent Plate. Though it’s incredibly simple, this arrow rest is maximally effective and silencing and controlling arrows.

Made of simple animal hide, the Bear arrow rest attaches to your tool with an easy to use adhesive backing.

The Top Manufacturers


Martin Archery Hunter 

Martin Archery has been making products of all types since the 1950s. Today, they make traditional recurve style models in both one piece and takedown configurations, along with modern compound bows.

One their greatest, and perhaps most famous, recurve style bows is the Martin Archery Hunter.

The Hunter is, as the name implies, an excellent recurve hunting bow. It’s both fast and quiet. With over 50 years of history, this one is well known among bow hunters for its performance.

An overall length of 62 inches and a maximum draw length of 30 inches make it a good fit for adult shooters, even those with longer draws.


SAS Courage 60" Takedown

Southland Archery Supply is another major manufacturer of archery equipment.

One of their most popular archery products is the SAS Courage 60" Takedown.

This one is a simple, wood and fiberglass takedown recurve design.

It’s about 62 inches long overall and is a good size for even larger archers with a maximum draw length of 30 inches.

The Courage can be had with draw weights of 35 to 60 pounds. That means plenty of power for everything from target shooting, to hunting large game.

The riser of the Courage is a laminate of several hardwoods including maple.


PSE Archery Coyote 2

Precision Shooting Equipment, or PSE, is another major manufacturer of all types of archery equipment including compound and recurve bows.

Since the 1970s, PSE has been creating innovative solutions for both archery hunters and target shooters.

One their top  and versatile models is the PSE Archery Coyote 2.

The Coyote 2 is 60 inches long and is available in draw weights of 40 to 55 pounds, making it suitable for both target shooting and hunting game of all sizes.

The riser of this model is made of strong, lightweight aluminum with black fiberglass and maple limbs.

As a unique touch, the Coyote’s limbs are decorated with a camouflage pattern.


Bear Archery Super Kodiak

One of the oldest and most trusted names in archery, Bear Archery has been making archery weapons since the 1940s.

Bear made its name with recurve and traditional style long bows, though they now make all types including thoroughly modern compound bows.

One of their most famous and top performing models is the Bear Archery Super Kodiak Recurve.

The Super Kodiak is 60 inches long overall and can be had in draw weights of 30 to 65 pounds.

It’s more than capable of taking game both large and small as well as providing excellent accuracy on the target range.

Top Budget Options

Under $500

Bear Archery Grizzly

If you’ve got $500 laying around for a compound model, the Bear Archery Grizzly is an excellent choice.

The Grizzly is light and fast, with plenty of power to hunt even the largest of game. This is one beautiful tool too and made by the top bow makers of all time.

Under $200

Samick Sage Takedown

For less than $200, it’s really hard to go wrong with the Samick Sage Takedown.

The Sage is the go-to choice for first time recurve archers. Available in a number of draw weights, this one is very versatile while still being highly effective both in the field and on the range.

Our Top Choice for Your Money

Bear Archery Super Kodiak

As you can see, there are plenty of recurve models on the market.

If you’re in the market for a recurve bow that’s at home both on the target range and on your next hunting trip, the Bear Archery Super Kodiak is one of the excellent choices on the market.

The Super Kodiak is a classic option with an overall length of 60 inches and available draw weights of 30 to 65 pounds. The maximum draw length is 28 inches.

This model has been a top choice for traditional bow hunters for many years.

Anyone shopping for a high performance model, should definitely consider the Bear Archery Super Kodiak.