April 25, 2014

What kind of bow should I shoot?

Different types of archery need different styles of bows. Each type or style of archery has a particular type of bow that archers shoot in a specific division. Most archery competitions welcome other bow styles by using separate divisions. To give you a better idea of the different types of bows and the shooting styles they participate in, the following chart should help you in narrowing down the right equipment selection.

 Bow Styles in Different Types of Archery   
What kind of shooting do you want to try?  Type of Archery  Most common bow style  Other bow styles permitted
in this type of archery
 I’d like to shoot in the Olympics someday  target archery  modern recurve only none
I  want to shoot on a field  target archery  modern recurve
and compound
  traditional longbow
or recurve
I want to shoot a bow like Robin Hood traditional archery  traditional longbow
or recurve
none
 I’d like to shoot on a roving course
with different terrain
 field archery
or 3D Archery
compound modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve
I want to shoot targets in animal shapes   field archery
or 3D Archery
compound modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve
I want to go hunting with my bow  bowhunting compound  modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve