Archery Enthusiasts will tell you that you have to be a special kind of person to take up archery. After all, it would seem to be going against the grain to learn to use a weapon that has been rendered obsolete by the use of modern day guns and technology. However, if you look closer, you will find that archery offers a great deal that other sports simply lack in comparison. Although the individual reasons someone likes Archery may vary, almost everywhere agrees with the following five benefits:
1. It is something novel and original. With so many hobbies and activities to choose from, archery certainly is a unique choice. Many people have not experienced archery since their days of past summer and scout camps. For this reason, the opportunity to try out this sport will get your creative juices flowing as you try to learn how to shoot like the best. With currently only few people experienced with archery, you are sure to have an interesting conversation topic when people find out you have taken up the sport.
2. It lets you try your luck as a modern day Robin Hood. For traditionalists, archery is a great way to see how past ancestors lived while trying their luck with a bow and arrow. This can be an initially humbling experience which will give you a new found respect of what your past ancestors have done, but also great satisfaction in knowing you too can master this skill.
3. It is not as physically intensive as some other sports. Although archery does require some physical strength, compared to other sports, it is less physically intensive. Many people who have lost the use of their legs have been able to stay active because of archery. This aspect of the sport has great appeal for those who like to compete, but aren’t necessarily as interested in risking injury or a serious sweat in more physically intensive activities.
4. Several options to choose from to match your own competitive desires and interests. Archery enthusiasts can take up target archery, archery hunting, field archery, or even bowfishing. Target archery allows you to shoot at bulls-eye targets and possibly compete in contests with other archers. Archery hunting allows you the chance to take down a big buck or bear with a bow. Field archery lets you shoot at different 3d targets of animals and other blocks and cubes for points at vary distances. Finally, bowfishing lets you go fishing with a bow. As you can imagine, each of these activities is slightly different, but they do offer you a chance to find one that best fits your personality and interests.
5. It can be challenging or it can be for fun. You get to control how competitive and challenging you want the sport to be. You can enter into contests that match your talent against other archers or you can practice for fun and not keep score. Whatever your competitive desires are, you will be sure to like the advantage of being able to go outdoors and let a few arrows fly. What you do beyond this, will be up to you.
The joy of archery is in its simplicity and complexity. At its base level, it is simply a bow and arrow, but to use these tools well, takes practice and a desire to improve. This fascinating dichotomy is what pulls more and more people into the sport each year and is why you will end up enjoying it too.