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Archery is a sport which involves developing accuracy in shooting a bow. Archery may also refer to bowhunting, the sport of hunting game using a bow.

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.[1] 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.[2]

Today, archery is a highly competitive sport, included in the Olympic Games[3] since 1900.[4]

archers use recurve bows, which are relatively cheap, or compound bows[5], which deliver maximum accuracy and speed,, usually due to personal preference. Arrows have also changed, as most modern arrows have aluminum or carbon shafts. A compound bow usually is constructed so that once the string is pulled back, minimal effort has to be applied to keep it pulled back, while a traditional bow requires one to apply effort equal to the strength of the bow.

See Also


  2. The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989
  4. The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989