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What is Traditional Archery?

Updated: Feb 14, 2022


Close your eyes and imagine a basic bow. There are no sights or gadgets in this image, just a sleek design. You're probably thinking of a traditional bow — timeless, genuine, and lots of enjoyable to shoot. And it's now up to you to give it a go! Traditional bows have been popular in movies such as "The Hunger Games" and the "Avengers" franchise. Hollywood adores traditional gear since it is readily recognized and has an indisputable visual appeal. Traditional bows are lovely to shoot, and they allow for an organic experience because there are no gadgets to break the flow of your shooting. Traditional bows have a lot of fun in exchange for immediate accuracy, even though it is easier to be exact with a compound bow.

KMC Archery has an introductory course that teaches students how to build traditional bows! You'll learn and implement building bows, arrows, traditional materials, and learn how to hone in your accuracy shooting your bow. Traditional archery is a fun pastime that allows you to learn a bit of history at the same time.


1. What Is The History Of Traditional Archery

2. Types Of Bows And Equipment Used In The Sport

3. The Three Types Of Bows

4. Is Archery A Great Sport For Kids

5. Tips For Getting Started With Traditional Archery

6. Conclusion

What Is The History Of Traditional Archery

Archery is one of the oldest, most enduring sports in existence. It's hard to believe that people once hunted deer with stone-tipped arrows. But they did. The earliest depictions of archers in art date from 5,000 years ago!


In North America, multiple Native American cultures have used bow-and-arrow hunting for centuries. The Cherokee used their bows on deer and buffalo while the Comanche preferred them against bison. Bows had a cord attached so they could be drawn back after being shot without having to pick them up from the ground where they had fallen after being let go! Even today, some Native American tribes use bow-and-arrow hunting. Although it only recently became popular in modern-day and age America, traditional archery is practiced in many other countries including France, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, Serbia, and Germany. These days it's mainly used for sports, but in some places, traditional archery is still practiced for hunting games and leisure shooting. Archers will typically use their bare hands to pull back on the string and release it at their quarry. Most modern archers wear cumbersome gloves equipped with rubber tabs that act like fingers to help them draw properly. Archery has been included as an Olympic sport since 1900. It's also popular across Europe and Asia and is widely practiced in Africa and rural North America.


Different types of shoots divide up this sport. They include target shooting (most common), field shooting (used for hunting small animals like rabbits), flight shooting (using lighter arrows to hit flying birds), clout (hitting a target while standing on elevated ground), and various forms of roving (like target shooting, but the archer moves while trying to hit his or her targets). Shooting is judged based on accuracy and speed. The goal for most any type of archery is to keep the arrow flying straight through its intended target-whether that's a bullseye on a target, a rabbit in flight, or the ground in front of an animal running away.

Traditional bows

There are three main types of bows, the longbow, recurve bow, and compound bow. The longbow is used primarily in target shooting. The recurve bow is popular with hunters who practice field shooting because they can use lighter arrows for this. The compound bow is what most hunters use today. Its design includes a series of cams and cables that give it more power at the end of its draw, making it easier to get an arrow to fly faster. Both the longbow and recurve bow are traditionally made out of wood, while a compound bow is engineered out of man-made materials.

The Three Types Of Bows

A recurve bow is a type of bow that has tips that curve away from the archer. This design helps the bow store more energy and gives it a higher speed and power. Recurve bows are often used in Olympic-level archery competitions. They are also popular among hunters and recreational shooters. If you're thinking about picking up archery as a hobby, a recurve bow may be the right choice for you. Let's take a closer look at some of the key features of this type of bow.

Recurve bow

The recurve bow is the most common type of modern-era bow used for sport. It is generally 40-65 inches in length and has limb tips that curve away from the archer when unstrung. A recurve bow stores more energy than either a longbow or a compound bow, letting it propel an arrow faster and farther with less exertion from the archer. The force required to hold a fully drawn recurve at full draw is typically 29-32 pounds for a beginner male archer and 21-24 pounds for a beginner female. Here is an example of a recurve bow


The longbow is an ancient type of bow that is taller than it is wide. It gets its name from its lengthy design, which allows archers to shoot arrows further and with more power than other types of bows. Longbows have been used by armies for centuries, and they are still a popular choice among hunters and recreational shooters today. If you're interested in learning more about this unique weapon, read on to find out everything you need to know about longbows!

The longbow has evolved over centuries as humans have experimented with different designs. Most modern longbows are made of laminated fiberglass, carbon fiber, wood, or composite materials on aluminum or magnesium risers. The most popular woods used by bowyers today include hickory, oak, maple, bamboo, osage, and birch. Longbows are usually four to six feet in length when strung. The limbs have a gentle arc when unstrung that straightens out when the bow is ready to shoot. A longbow stores less energy than either a recurve or compound bow, making it more difficult to obtain high arrow speeds for an archer even with years of practice. However, the lower energy storage also means that the force required for holding at full draw will generally be less than 28 pounds, making them easier for beginners to use. Here is an example of a longbow &

Compound bow


The compound bow is the most popular type used today because its design allows greater efficiency of energy storage and transfer than either recurve or longbows. Most compound bows are about 5 feet in length and come with a system of cams and cables on the front and back ends that propel an arrow faster than either recurve or longbows. Compound bow limbs generally curve away from the archer when unstrung, straightening as they are ready to shoot. The force required for holding at full draw is typically 22-25 pounds for both beginner male and female archers, making it easier to hold than either a recurve or longbow. Here is an example of a compound bow

Shooting Style

Longbow and recurve bows shooting style is instinctive shooting. What is instinctive shooting? It's shooting without looking at the target. It's shooting with eyes closed and knowing where to aim. It's shooting with a nocking point that is not under the arrow.

In instinctive shooting, you shoot from your subconscious reflexes, from muscle memory taking place in your arms and fingers muscles. The advantage of instinctive shooting is that there are no interferences between target and aiming - nothing blocks our view of the target. All we see is the target (and sometimes surrounding obstacles). This means better accuracy because we can concentrate on keeping our body relaxed and shooting straight instead of concentrating on keeping our eye steady on the sight pin or nocking point while trying to release at right time to hit the center bullseye or gold ring. It also means more concentration on technique, position, and rhythm.

A compound shooter doesn't shoot from muscle memory and subconscious reflexes - he shoots from his conscious thoughts, experience, and knowledge of shooting technique. He uses sights because his shooting accuracy depends on correct sight pin adjustment. Sights are just as important for accuracy as having correct form, position, and accurate rhythm. If you have these three things you can definitely bet on a faster arrow. If you come to the range where there are only instinctive shooters or just compound shooters then it can be difficult or even frustrating to watch them shoot because they do things so differently than us instinctive styles – we wonder "why don't they follow what we all normally practice?"

But we have to remember that whatever style they use if it works then it works. It's like comparing football playing styles - some players like to dribble the ball around, others use short passes and long-range shooting (like how compound shooters shoot at longer distances). Some soccer players prefer accurate shooting at goal posts with posts on either side of their targets while other players prefer wider angles where they can easily adjust their shot mid-flight if there are obstacles in front or behind the target (like instinctive styles).

Draw length and draw weight

Each type of bow has a different draw length. Draw length is the distance from the bowstring to the back of the archer's grip at full draw, usually measured in inches or centimeters. The draw length can vary from about 13 to 30 inches for longbows and compounds, and from 12 to 30 inches for recurves. Draw length isn't as important with modern takedown recurve bows as they are with traditional wooden longbows and self-wood or laminate bows found on most modern recurves. Newer designs allow anyone who can pull 24 inches out of a 25-inch bow to be able to use it without compromising performance.

Draw weight refers to how much force must be applied to draw the string back. Draw weights typically range from about 10 to 70 pounds. Draw weight affects accuracy and distance. Bows with high draw weights will shoot farther and more accurately, but require greater hand strength and physical endurance to use well. Draw length is especially important when considering the draw weight of the bow; bows with very high draw weights combined with short draw lengths can be difficult or even dangerous to drawback for some archers.


What shooting accessories are included?

Generally, compound bows and traditional bows include shooting accessories to make shooting the bow more convenient. A branch-style arrow rest is present on most compound bows available today. However, some brands choose to use different types of rests instead; one example is the Whisker Biscuit which is gaining popularity for its ease of installation and adjustability on compounds. Quivers vary in design but normally attach snugly at the front or side of the bow's riser (the central part of the bow attaching the limbs). In some shooting styles, the shooting glove is worn off-hand to provide a better grip. A stabilizer is added on either side of the front of the shooting arm to reduce shooting torque and vibration from being transferred back into the body for more accurate shooting and longer shooting sessions. Dampers (also known as string stoppers) are also added to reduce string vibration and noise by dissipating the energy of the string after it is released. String suppressers and limb dampeners (to reduce limb vibration and shooting torque) will be included in some shooting styles as well.

What shooting accessories do I need?

There isn't a list of shooting accessories that you must have for shooting a compound bow or traditional bow. Many accessories are optional and used by different archers for different reasons. Some accessories may improve shooting accuracy while some may be to make shooting the bow more comfortable.

If you plan on shooting in instinctive shooting style, you would need all of the shooting accessories listed but instead of a whisker biscuit, an archery tab could be used.

Is Archery A Great Sport For Kids

Traditional archery is a fun, rewarding sport enjoyed by people of all ages. It does not require a lot of money to get started and it's simple enough for children to participate in as well. However, the question remains: Is archery a great sport to involve kids? Let's look at some pros and cons:


- Archery is a low-impact sport so it is easy for kids to participate without injuring themselves. People who are out of shape can easily start with this sport as well to improve their physical condition.

- It's also fun, exciting and provides good mental health benefits.

- Traditional archers will tell you that nothing beats the feeling of shooting a bullseye!


- Compound bows and crossbows can be difficult to use and drawback, which may make them less appealing for children. However, traditional bows do not require as much strength to shoot and therefore can be operated by most people of all ages.

- The noise some compounds produce may scare young children (and even some adults). Most traditional bows don't make this kind of noise.

- Since archery is becoming more popular with movies, TV shows and games, many people are getting into the sport. This also means that there are lots of opportunities for adults to shoot in tournaments or with clubs. This may limit available time for children to enjoy it in their free time.

Archery is a sport that not only can be enjoyed by kids but also by teenagers and adults at the same time! It's low impact, fun and provides great health benefits without being too expensive (a traditional bow costs less than $400).

The earliest depictions of archers in art date back to the Stone Age, so kids in this time learned how to shoot arrows along with their parents, it was a key part of survival. Archery teaches important life skills like focus, patience, strength, courage, and determination. It promotes not only physical fitness but mental health as well. Kids who get involved with traditional archery are less likely to be teased because they are stronger, faster, and more coordinated than ot