Although we’re happy to help you choose your bow, here’s a quick lesson on the major types of bows available.

typesCompound
A relatively new invention, the compound bow is generally smaller than other types of bows. This is the most common bow type, possibly due to its accuracy and penetrating power. The bow can be kept at full draw until you’re ready to release, making it a great choice for hunting elusive prey. The compound bow is used most often for hunting, but is also suitable for target shooting.

Recurve
This powerful bow type is shorter than a longbow. Its limbs curve inward at the center and outward at the tips. Less strength is required to use a recurve bow, making it a good choice for beginners. It’s suitable for both hunting and target shooting.

Longbow
This classic bow has been around since at least medieval times, and possibly even dates back to prehistoric times. As its name suggests, this bow is approximately as long as the archer is tall. The longbow is well-suited to both hunting and target shooting.

Crossbow
Like the longbow, this is an ancient bow type. Used in ancient warfare, it can be aimed like a rifle and offers better accuracy than many other bows. Crossbows provide superior speed as well.