Historical records indicate that archery has been around for quite a long time. In times past, archery was used in warfare and for hunting. However, since the growth of the firearm, archery has turned into a recreational activity. The sport involves a bow, a bowstring and an arrow. An arrow is a shaft with an arrowhead in the front and a nock and fletching in the back of the shaft. Before, arrow shafts were made from wooden stuff. The disadvantage with wooden archery arrows is that they are prone to warping.
Manufacturers are currently using materials which are more durable such as fiberglass, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Shafts made out of fiberglass are straight and brittle. The aluminum shaft has the benefit of being lighter in weight and travel faster than the fiberglass shaft. However, the best material to use in making the shaft is the carbon fiber. This substance is even lighter than aluminum and flies faster and flatter than it as well.
Archery competitions involve shooting archery arrows at a set target from a prescribed distance. The indoor sport has a range of 18 to 25 meters. The goals are set up and archers take part by shooting three or more archery arrows within a specified period. When all of the archers have shot their arrows, all of the competitors move to the aims to calculate their scores and retrieve their arrows. The targets are marked with concentric rings with every ring signifying a particular score. The very same rules apply in running the outdoor sport.
Aside from the target archery, there is also the field archery. This entails shooting targets at varying distances in rough terrain. Field archery involves three kinds of rounds. These are field, hunter and animal rounds. In the area round, archers shoot at targets set up 80 yards off. The archer must aim to reach the target at the white centre or the black outer. Each portion of the target has a particular score. The hunter round is not any different except that the goals are placed at an uneven distance 70 yards away. The targets to aim for are the black fur and the bull’s attention. The animal round is very exciting. It includes life-size 2D animal targets placed at a distance. The whole scenario looks like a real life hunting expedition. 3D archery is also quite popular among ‘hunters’ since it involves shooting arrows at life sized models of real game.
There are other kinds of archery which are also quite popular with archers such as flight archery, ski archery and cross- bow archery. In flight archery, the opponents aim to see who can take the furthest. This sport takes place in flat plateau-like areas. Ski archery, on the other hand, involves skiing within a set track and then shooting at targets set up at particular areas along the ski track. Archery accessories make the game much easier to play. Accessories like archery target stands, Cocoa Bat Removal, 3D antelope goal and wheeled goal stands are in popular use today.