I purchased my crossbow off of Craigslist for $125 in 1996. I had it restrung at FFF on Bagley Rd. after a few years and purchased some bolts there also. A few broadheads and my homemade ladder stand on my property. If I had to do it again I would do it the same way...used crossbow. All these high price bows,tools and gimmick things are only to sell the hunters more stuff. I have shot 2-3 deer almost every year with the $125 CB. as far as the other gimmick stuff my wife hunts on the ground during rifle season in Canada and shoots a buck every year. no scents no carbon filtering scent proof clothing. none of that stuff....kind of like bandit walleye deep lures in 200 colors. only to catch your $$$$. You will alway be able to hunt on the cheap.... just figure it out. Do you think Alvin York used deer scents and camo clothes and deer stands in KY in his youth. I don't think so. Woodsmanship and smart hunting skills.