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Archery is considered as an important hunting and military skills during the ancient times. This skill was practiced as soon as ancient men started to craft tools from during the Stone Age. According to historical records, the bow has been invented during the transition of the Paleolithic to the Mesolithic era which was around 10,000 years ago. According to cultural anthropologists, they were the evolved forms of spears and darts.

The oldest record of archery dated back 11,000 years ago in Germany. The arrows were made from pine for the main shaft while the arrowhead was made from flint. Fast forward several hundreds of years later, archery became one of the most important skills for defense in different civilizations. Soldiers from ancient Persia, Egypt, China, India and Greece were taught how to fire arrows to defend settlements from invading enemies.

Archery persisted through hundreds of years but the invention of firearms made them obsolete in the battlefield. However, archery still persisted in areas where arms were inaccessible. While archery became obsolete in warfare, it was the British who revived archery as a hobby for the upper-class members of society during the late 1700s. During this time, archery became a popular sport in many European countries and this has led to archery societies that focused on recreational archery that were only attended by noblemen.

While archery was considered as a hobby for nobility, archery slowly became a popular alternative sport such as tennis and croquet and in 1990; it was included in the Olympic Games held in Paris. Although this became included in the Olympic Games, only a few people had access to this sport but thanks to popular culture, archery became popular to the masses. For instance, the movie Hunger Games made a lot of young people interested in archery.

Learning archery as a hobby has a lot of benefits. It does not only help you develop your hand-eye coordination but it can also help improve your patience and discipline. If you want to learn archery, then you only do not need to practice your skills but also develop your theories as well. Let this book serve as your guide to learning archery and enjoying it.

Archery, as a sport, allows you to target an object using a bow and arrows. Before you pick up a bow and arrow, it is important that you appreciate what archery is all about. This chapter will discuss what it is that you need to know about archery.

Archery is done in many ways and it provides fun and challenge to individuals doing this as a hobby. It also provides great upper body workout. There are different ways to enjoy archery. Below are the types of archery that you can try out.

Target Archery
Target archery is included in the Olympic Games and it involves shooting the bull’s eye at a particular distance. Target archers shoot at a distance of 18 meters indoors or 30 to 90 meters outdoors. If you are good at target archery, you might end up playing for the Olympic team of your country.

Field Archery
Field archery is enjoyed on a course usually set in the woods. You need to shoot paper targets that are 20 feet away. This type of archery is great for people who love hiking as well as nature.

3D Archery

3D archery is very interesting and it involves competitors walking in an open course to shoot three dimensional foam figures of animals and obstacles at different distances.  There are many tournaments of 3D archery held all over the world for interested archers.
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Traditional Archery
Traditional archery means shooting with a longbow or from equipment made from natural materials. Examples of traditional bows used in traditional archery include the Welsh longbow, Japanese Kyudo bow, Mongolian recurved composite bow and the Native American flatbow.

Bow hunting
Bow hunting, by definition, is hunting by using a bow and arrow. This is the oldest form of archery and has been used by early hunters to gather food. If bow hunting appeals to you, you need to get a state-issued license and also follow the hunting season.

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