I have a player looking at 3.5e Prestige classes in the future, and he found the Bowman of the Wild homebrew class on the D&D wiki. He's basically looking for a Ranger that utilizes a bow and an animal companion, but also wants to have the ability to hold his own in melee. As far as I can tell, spellcasting is not high on his radar, but could hold a minor role. Can you guys tell if this class is relatively balanced? Can you recommend something better? It doesn't seem like 3.5e RAW has many Ranger-themed prestige classes.