I think you have been misinformed. The Rebel is a recurve and as such has no specific draw length. They can be drawn to whatever draw you prefer.All traditional bows are rated for draw weight at 28". Most of them will draw 2# more for each inch over 28" or 2# less for each inch shorter than 28".
I would highly recommend you shoot a few to see how they feel. Normally a longer bow will not stack up as quickly, meaning it will draw smoother and will have more speed (cast) at a given poundage with the same arrow.
Not trying to scare you away from the Rebel. Just give a few basic facts.
You shouldn't need a release to shoot it. In fact, most people who shoot traditional do so to keep away from releases, sights, and all the other gadgets us compound shooters rely on. It does add another dimension to shooting and hunting. One lost on some of us older guys and ever experienced by most of the younger set these days.
Don't know whether you plan on carrying the bow all the time, but if you plan on a lot of back packing you might also look at the Jaguar Takedown. It would break down nicely to fit in a pack if that is your desire. The Hatfield is the cream of the crop in the Take-down bows, but maybe a whole lot more than you plan on spending
Like I said, look at a few and shoot them for your own comparison. I know you'll end up a happy hunter no matter which you choose.
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