Historical records indicate that archery has been in existence for quite a long time. In times past, archery was used in warfare and for hunting. However, since the development of the firearm, archery has now turned into a recreational activity. The game involves a bow, a bowstring and an arrow. An arrow is a shaft with an arrowhead at the front and a nock and fletching in the rear of the shaft. In the past, arrow shafts were made from wooden stuff. The downside with wooden archery arrows is that they are prone to warping.
Manufacturers are now using materials which are more durable such as fiberglass, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Shafts made out of fiberglass are brittle and straight. The aluminum shaft has the advantage of being lighter in weight and traveling faster than the fiberglass shaft. However, the very best material to use in creating the shaft is the carbon fiber.
Archery competitions involve shooting archery arrows in a set target from a prescribed distance. The indoor sport has a range of 18 to 25 meters. The targets are set up and archers participate by shooting at least three archery arrows within a specified period. When all the archers have shot their arrows, all the competitors move to the targets to calculate their scores and retrieve their arrows. The targets are marked with concentric rings with every ring representing a specific score. The same rules apply in running the outside sport.
Aside from the target archery, there is also the field archery. Field archery involves three kinds of rounds. These are field, hunter and animal rounds. In the field round, archers shoot at targets set up 80 yards away. The archer should aim to hit the target at the white centre or the black outer. Each portion of the goal has a specific score. The hunter round is not any different except that the goals are placed at an uneven distance 70 yards away. The targets to target would be the black fur and the bull’s eye. The animal round is quite exciting. The entire scenario looks like a real life hunting trip. 3D archery is also quite popular among ‘hunters’ because it involves shooting arrows at life sized models of real game.
There are other forms of archery that are also quite popular with archers like flight archery, ski archery and cross- bow archery. In flight archery, the opponents aim to see who can take the furthest. This sport occurs in flat plateau-like places. Ski archery, on the other hand, involves skiing within a established track and then shooting at targets set up at particular areas along the skiing track. Archery accessories make the game even easier to play. Accessories like archery target stands, 3D antelope target and wheeled target stands are in popular use today.