Compound Crossbows are a more modern design and more high tech, they require more maintenance. They are for the more serious or experienced user.
If you are new to using crossbows, you would be better off starting with a recurve crossbow or a pistol crossbow.
Compound Crossbows generally have a little bit more power than a recurve crossbow, but for the average user this sort of power is not necessary, we do actually recommend even getting a lower draw weight with the recurve crossbows for the average back garden user.
Hunting animals with a crossbow in the UK is illegal.