Whether it be for sport or for food, and you enjoy shooting a bow and arrow, then it would be good to know what the different kinds of bows are used for. Your local hunting stores can help you figure out what type will work best for your particular needs. Bows used for archery have been around for hundreds of years and were built with simple materials. As the years passed and newer technologies developed, different materials were used that resulted in the development of four main types of bow, many of which can be found at your local hunting stores.
One type of bow is the longbow. Commonly used as weapons in the middle ages, they are made to be the same height as the archer from a single piece of wood, giving them the simplest designs. There is no sight on this model, but it usually has a built-in shelf that the arrow sits on when it is ready to be shot, making them very difficult to shoot. Most can take many years to master. These are usually only found at specialty hunting stores.
The second style is the recurve bow. These are very popular because anyone can use them and they are usually used by beginners. You can recognize this style by the way its tips curve away from the user when strung. The design is intentional, it allows more energy to be generated, which causes the arrow to travel faster than one shot from a long bow. These are usually manufactured from wood, which is used by traditional archers, and fiberglass, used by those who use their bows for competition purposes.
The compound bow is the third design and it was developed in the mid 20th century to improve on the recurve’s design. This third style uses several pulleys and wheels so that it can be drawn back and held in place easier than the traditional recurve. It is a favorite among hunters because the draw can be held in place longer, the shot is typically faster and, due to the sights, more accurate. This bow is very similar to a modern rifle.
The final design, the crossbow, is great for those who are disabled or are not strong enough to pull the bow back to its full strength. In order to shoot the crossbow, you need to draw the cord and lock it in place before pulling the trigger.
Hunting stores often have a small target range where anyone can try out the different types so that they can figure out which works best for them. Then they can be sure to purchase the one that works best for their particular needs. No matter what you need, hunting store should be able to supply you with the archery equipment you need or point you in the direction of a more specialized supplier.