Know The Bow

Every Bow Has A Purpose

 
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Different types of archery need different styles of bows. Each type or style of archery has a particular type of bow that archers shoot in a specific division. Most archery competitions welcome other bow styles by using separate divisions. To give you a better idea of the different types of bows and the shooting styles they participate in, the following chart should help you in narrowing down the right equipment selection.

 

Bow Styles in Different Types of Archery

 
Your Shooting Preference Type of Archery Common Bow Style Other Permitted Bow Styles
I’d like to shoot in the Olympics someday target archery modern recurve only none
I want to shoot on a field target archery modern recurve
and compound
traditional longbow
or recurve
I want to shoot a bow like Robin Hood traditional archery traditional longbow
or recurve
none
I’d like to shoot on a roving course
with different terrain
field archery or 3D Archery compound modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve
I want to shoot targets in animal shapes field archery or 3D Archery compound modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve
I want to go hunting with my bow bowhunting compound modern recurve and
traditional longbow or recurve