One of my family’s favorite TV shows is “How it’s Made” shown on Science in the US and Discovery Channel in Canada. The documentary style show features common, everyday items and how they are manufactured. Typically a narrator, using voice over, explains each step of the process from inception to packaging. Over the show’s twenty year history, archery has been featured a couple of times.
In Season 11 (episode 135) they featured Crossbows…
This week a new episode featuring Compound Bows will premiere on Science November 15th. The show, filmed at the BowTech’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Eugene, Ore., features the manufacturing process of a high-tech hunting bow from concept through production and testing. Be sure to check it out.
I am often asked what kind of bow should I shoot. Selecting a bow should be based on your goals and usage. Are you just wanting to shoot arrows as a purest, perhaps a traditional bow would be best. If you are hunting, perhaps a compound bow or crossbow is for you. If you want to compete in the Olympics than you need a recurve bow. Most coaches recommend learning on a traditional type bow first before using a compound to help develop proper form however this is not a “written in stone” fact.
There are two primary classes of bow and then two sub-classes within each primary class. Mechanical (Crossbow & Compound) OR Traditional (Longbow or Recurve)
First ask yourself the following questions…
What kind of bow do I want to shoot? (Traditional or mechanical)
What am I going to do with my bow? (Hunt, compete, learn)
One of my readers asked….
… I have been in awe of archery my whole life, but I couldn’t do anything about it because there’s no archery club in my country. I’m seriously thinking about purchasing a bow but since I have no one to guide me, I was wondering if you could post something about how to choose the right bow. I also understand that some attachments aren’t necessary (like the clicker), I would want to know what a bow NEEDS to have. What should I be looking out for?
You bow is a personal preference; finding the perfect bow takes time, experimentation, trial and error. Check out this excellent blog by “Off the Arrow Shelf” who provides excellent insight into what you should look out for in your first bow.
On Valentine Day’s, CTV and Sarah Freemark visited my home archery club, South Nation Archery Club in Winchester, Ontario for a basic introduction to shooting a bow and arrow. My coach Kathy Millar, introduces recurve, compound, longbow and even a crossbow to Sarah as she receives here first archery lesson.