Starter ILF Archery Youth Recurve Bow Kit (complete package)

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This is a beginner kit for those that want every component of a shooting kit with minimal compromises. This is excellent for beginner shooters.


This is an entry level package to ILF recurve bows with the beginner archer in mind. This package introduces the fundamentals of an ILF recurve bow, able to swap out limbs as archers grow and train. Meant for beginner archers, this package is suitable for young archers to old archers of all sizes! This beginner bow kit is a great starting point for archers who are looking to add weight to their bow as a long-term goal. This package suits those that have always wanted to get started in archery and hope to continue well into the future.


This package will be comfortable for shooters of average and above athleticism. Intended for ages from teens to adults, this bow will fit most archers able to pull 35 pounds. Using a draw length chart, select a bow length suitable for the shooter. If you are not sure if you are a lefty or a righty, test your eye dominance which would tell you the hand you should be drawing with. Wonder which bow size (AMO Length) you should pick? This would have a greater impact if you are into target archery; determine the proper bow size by looking at the bow length recommendations. 


  • October Mountian Night Ridge ILF Recurve Bow 60 in.
    • 3 piece, ILF takedown design
    • CNC'd aluminum riser
    • Various draw weights
    • Pro Hunter Arrow Rest included
  • Victory XTorsion Sport Arrows w/ Blazer vanes (6pk)
  • AAE T-300 Hunter Rest
  • October Mountain Ranger Tab
  • WNS Axiom Bowsight
  • AAE Arm Guard

This beginner-intermediate package is hand chosen for the new archer in mind. Built around October Mountain’s excellent beginner bow system, this is the best entry-level ILF recurve bow package we could curate. ILF is an international limb fit that spans across almost all major recurve bow manufacturers and ensures risers and limbs will be compatible. The best bow manufacturers utilize ILF, including Hoyt and Win&Win, the #1 pick for Olympic athletes.

The bow has multiple options for length and weight, which will suit many sizes of archers. Leaning towards the bigger and stronger shooters, this bow is for those expecting to pull from 30-60 pounds, depending on the limbs you select in your package. The bow comes in left or right handedness, so ensure your shooter knows their dominant eye. A right eye dominant shooter should shoot a righthanded bow. Don’t know how to check? We have a guide to finding your eye dominance.

This package is best for archers that plan to commit to the sport but are still at the beginner stages of shooting, as it is meant to develop the habits of a future expert shooter. Many pieces of this equipment were selected with the purpose of new archers that are already in their late teens or adults.

The high poundage of the bow is suitable for older teens and adults. With multiple bow sizes, shooters of all heights will feel comfortable with this package.

The package includes 6 beginner arrows that will fit shooters up to a draw length of approximately 29”. The ideal draw length would be between 25”-28”. The arrows have a straightness rating of .006 meaning tight groupings and high consistency. With various shaft spines, make sure to ask for one that fits the weight and draw length you are expecting!

These arrows fit the higher end of draw weights, which is great for adult archers who are looking to shoot with more feedback and possibly at longer distances. The arrows are carbon fiber wrapped around a stainless-steel shaft, a proven technology that is a perfect balance of rigidity and flexibility that will ensure long lasting and consistent shooting. The multi-colored vanes make it easy to identify which direction to nock the arrow onto the string.

The included arrow rest, arm guard, sight and finger tab are all a part of a developmental aspect of the package. As shooters seek to grow in the sport, it is important for them to get in the habit early of using multiple pieces of equipment at training.

The Axiom bow sight is a well-known option for shooters to begin training with a sight. Adjustable in 3 axes, the sight allows the archer to aim at a target with a pin and adjust as the grouping shifts. Archery verbiage says to “follow the arrow” meaning that if the bow is shooting up and to the left, move the sight up and to the left! Set up is simple, many archers only need to remove the main sight body off the mount between practices.

Included in the package is an AAE Hunter arrow rest, a consistent surface for the arrow to shoot off. It features clearance for the arrow vanes to fly by without making much contact with the riser. Consistency is key here and having an arrow rest is one of the ways to achieve it. Easy application and durable, this arrow rest is the entry-level accessory that is non-negotiable for take-down recurve bows.

The arm guard is also a key piece of beginner equipment. It protects the shooter from string rash or string slap. This prevents archers from being disheartened by the pain of having the string hit their forearm during the shooting process. While it will not immediately fix the issue with the form of the shooter, it will identify the problem before it becomes serious. Some archers are more flexible and will hyperextend their elbow into the path of the string, and the arm guard will be a good way to get out of
the habit safely.

The finger tab is one of the most important parts of an archer’s equipment, as it is one of the few places the archery directly contacts to shoot the bow. Many elite archers, including Brady Ellison of Team USA put a large emphasis on the finger tab. This also protects archers whose fingers may not be strong enough to withstand the cutting pressure of the bowstring.

Overall, this package is perfect for new archers who consider archery a long-term hobby. This bow package will give archers many avenues of upgrading until they find that it’s time to take a step further into an advanced set up.

Pair this package with a target to keep in the backyard (as long as it is safe).

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