Humans have practiced archery since very early times. [[Genesis]] 27:3 contains the Bible's first mention of a bow, when [[Isaac]] asks [[Esau]] to go hunt some game for him.<ref>http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=1&chapter=27&version=31</ref> Early bows were simple. Arrows were made of wood with stone arrowheads. It was an important part of warfare until the 15th century when its importance started to decline due to [[gunpowder]] weapons. By the late 18th century, it was making a comeback yet again - as a sport.<ref>The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989</ref>
Today, archery is a highly competitive sport, included in the [[Olympic Games]]<ref>www.usarchery.org/</ref> since 1900.<ref>The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989</ref>
Modern archers use [[recurve bow]]s, which are relatively cheap, [[compound bow]]s<ref>http://www.archeryisfun.com/</ref>, which deliver maximum accuracy and speed, or more traditional wooden bows, usually due to personal preference. Arrows have also changed, as most modern arrows have aluminum or carbon shafts.