Protection, hunting tool, and a weapon of war are the most popular uses of a hunting bow in the early days. As the world has evolved and technology has become available; bows are no longer seen as a weapon for destruction. The world has modernized and now, people just look at bows with less threatening point of view. Archery has evolved from being a way to defend oneself and the people they serve to a more leisurely art or sport.
The compound bow is used in many events, sports and competitions the FITA organizes. The compound bow is allowed in a variety of categories in the Paralympics for it to exhibit its ability in the field of archery. It is vastly popular in the American and European regions where hunting small and large game is legal.
There are a number of approaches to bow hunting. Some may opt to stalk their prey until they have a clear shot of it. Stalking and close range approach requires skill in stealth, maneuver and accuracy so as not to spook the game away. Another is by means of still hunting or steady waiting. This requires good tactics, as the hunter’s location must be strategic enough to ensure that their prey will go to their vicinity as opposed to the hunter nearing the game. This method requires patience, stealth and a steady aim to be able to get their prey in as little as one single shot.
Another form of hunting is called bow fishing; from the name itself, one will be hunting for fish using their bows of choice such as the compound bow. A more modernized sport for the compound bow is called target archery. This is the most popular competition known to archers worldwide. Perhaps, one can think of it as a giant scale dart game. In the United States and in Europe, field archery is a popular sport; it is set in a field where a number of wooded targets are placed at various distances.
Some people use compound bows to fish. Instead of using a rod or a net fishermen use compound bows to catch fish. Bows are mostly used to catch larger fish because it is impossible to catch small fish with a bow and arrow. Bow fishing is not the easiest way to catch fish but it is a very popular activity among archers.
In some other category of the field archery, they use 3D targets, which will help prepare and simulate bow hunting. A number of 3D animal dummies are set at various distances and is marked with target rings the archers need to hit. This particular category enables a novice bow hunter to simulate the real hunt by means of practicing in this recreation of the sport while improving their accuracy, aim and strategic tactics. Compound bows have also become the favored choice in field archery; it has the trait of having the immunity against temperature and humidity changes, which pose very little to no effect to its aim and accuracy.