What Is Archery?

Learn what archery is from the pros at Queens Archery in this Howcast video.

What is archery? Archery is a multifaceted sport. There’s no way that I can start with one particular thing. I can just tell you that archery is used for recreation, what we call backyard archery. It’s used for competition. At very high levels it’s used for hunting in order to keep the deer herds at a reasonable level. That’s called conservation. It’s also used for fishing. A lot of people don’t realize that, but bow fishing is a very big sport.

You can do just about anything with a bow and arrow that would fulfill your need for hobby or for a passion, a competitive passion. Like I said before, you can do it forever. You can start it at an early age. My grandson actually shoots and he’s been shooting since he’s four years old. Okay. And I’ve known people to be still active in archery at 90 years old. So it’s one of the few sports that is considered a lifetime sport.

Where it started, amazingly enough, some of the first depictions of archery were written on caves by the cavemen. It’s developed over the years to a certain extent, but not so much that you don’t recognize the same bow and arrows that were used thousands of years ago as the same bows and arrows that are used today.

In modern times though, the bow has made a transformation. It’s become more mechanical. And I think during the series, we’re going to be showing you a comparison between the basic recurve bow and the new technology of the compound bow.