A crossbow would also give the young man a longer period of time to hunt. If it rains or is terribly cold he could have a miserable first hunt experience. Going during archery season he would have 4 months of weekends to pick and choose the best weather to go.Not sure if you found a place, but a cross bow could be a good option for him on some of the local suburban areas you have to. Just a thought. Good luck and great to see you getting another kid into the sport.