Start buying now., it'll add up! A great starter bow is the PSE Stinger RTS package ($400). They aren't super quick but they're smooth, forgiving and cheap. Get a bow as early as possible and start practicing. Some things can be bought cheap the first time knowing that you'll have a backup in the future, a bow is one of them. Then get a decent climbing stand and give it a couple climbs to get comfortable before the season. I also highly recommend getting a rangefinder right off the bat. I hunted two seasons without one and missed a couple and passed a couple because I didn't know the range. It'll also help with practicing your shooting. Then a hook or two to hang your bow and pack in the tree. Once you start getting everything together it wouldn't hurt to go through the motions once or twice - pack everything up, walk to a tree, climb and set up. It'll help you figure out where you like certain things to be packed like a bow rope and hangers for easy access, how to set up the stand quietly, what to do once you're up the tree, etc.
I started archery hunting when I was 20 at PSU (2010) and like you, started from scratch. It'll be frustrating but as you put the pieces together and find success it is one of the most rewarding hobbies out there. I'm excited for you. I see your located in Centre County, I don't really get up there anymore and would be glad to point you towards my favorite game land if it would help.
Last edited by Shiftyshad; 01-03-2019 at 01:44 PM.