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An Overview of Archery Bows

Overview Of Archery

Overview of Target Archery Bows, and other Types of Archery

Target Archery may seem like nothing more than bow and arrows, but with this and so many types of archery, there’s more to this sport than meets the eye. There are several different types of archery out there, some better suited for beginners than others like traditional archery. If you’re considering taking up archery but aren’t sure what kind to try, read on.


Bowhunting is just like regular hunting, but with a bow instead of a rifle. Bowhunters often find a spot in the woods and set up a camp, waiting for prey to walk into sight. This type of archery takes a great deal of patience, persistence, and the ability to remain silent, so you don’t scare off your prey. Typical prey includes deer and rabbit. Bowhunting can also be used in the water to hunt for fish, in this instance, it’s actually called Bow Fishing.
Typically bowhunters will use either a compound or a recurve bow.

Target Archery

Target archery is a fun and beginner-friendly style of archery. It involves setting up static targets a short distance away and practice shooting them. Most beginners start with target archery because it’s an accessible form of the sport. Target archery is not just for beginners, however– this is the style of archery performed in the Olympics.
Target archery can involve just about any bow. Some of the more popular styles used are the compound, recurve, and barebow.

Field Archery

Field archery is like an advanced form of target archery. Instead of setting up targets in an empty field, the targets are set up along a course in the woods. Participants walk along the route, shooting targets along the way. This style of archery is more challenging than target archery, because the targets may be up or down a hill, behind obstacles, or at an angle.
This fun and challenging style usually calls for a compound, recurve, or barebow.

3D Archery

3D Archery takes field archery one step further. Instead of setting up boring old bullseye along the course, 3D targets, usually animal-shaped, are placed along the route. As participants walk the path, they see the fake animals and can practice shooting on them. This is an ideal style for anyone interested in bowhunting.
Typically the compound or recurve bow is used in 3D archery. Some do prefer the feel of a longbow in this style, as well.

Clout Archery

Clout archery involves the same circumstances as target archery a target is set up on a field, and participants shoot the target. The main difference is the target’s placement. Like in clout archery, the bullseye is laid flat against the ground. The objective of this style is to practice arcing your arrow. This way can help you shoot hit the target.
The recurve bow is most commonly used in clout archery.

Flight Archery

With flight archery, distance is the name of the game. The goal in flight archery is to set your target as far away as you can and still try to hit it. This is an excellent form of archery for improving your overall accuracy.
A specialized flight bow is typically used in flight archery. If you don’t have that, your typical recurve bow may do the job.

Traditional Archery

Traditional archery is all about getting down to basics with a conventional bow without the aid of any modern technology. Because it’s just you, with your bow, and your target.
This form of archery encompasses other types of archery, such as bowhunting and target archery. The primary difference in traditional archery is the use of the traditional bow and the lack of any stabilizers or additional assistance.


If you’re considering taking up archery, pick up a bow and give it a try.

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