Archery is the skill of shooting arrows from a bow. Initially used for combat and hunting, it is now a sport and part of the Olympics.
Some of the different types of archery are:
- Target – shooting a fixed number of arrows at targets on at known distances up to 100 yards away, on flat ground
- Field – shooting a differing targets at known and unknown distances up to 80 yards away, usually around a woodland area
- Clout – shooting at flag up to 180 yards, if you can see it!
Some of the different bow styles are:
- Longbow – the traditional wooden bow and arrows with no sights, and real skill required!
- Recurve – the modern Olympic style bow with sights and stabilising rods
- Barebow – the same bows as recurve bow but without a sight or stabilising rods
- Compound – the most technically advanced and accurate bows with telescopic sights, peep sights, release aids and pulley wheels to maximise arrow speed
Archery can be done all year round as a leisure activity or by serious competitors at both indoor and outdoor venues.