Bow hunting is a popular form of recreation in the United States and around the world. The bow has been employed for hunting, fishing, and war since early civilizations first developed the bow and arrow. For those who do not care to hunt, archery can be a great family sport or a professional pursuit with cash prizes. Take our quiz to learn more about bow hunting.
How is bow hunting different from hunting with a rifle or shotgun?
A bow hunter has to get much closer to an animal to make the kill.
Modern bow design has made bow hunting no different from using a gun.
The only difference is that bow hunting always has a separate unique season and rules.
How far from their target can most rifle hunters be and still effectively make a clean kill?
What is the maximum distance that a bow hunter can be from the target?
about 31 yards
about 42 yards
about 53 yards
What are some other variables that bow hunters must consider before taking their best shot?
bow strength, arrow type, and arrow tip
terrain, weather, and the size of a target animal
both of the above
What else do bow hunters have do to get close enough to an animal to be successful?
foil an animal’s sense of smell
crawl or slither quietly
shoot accurately while running after an animal
What county brags that its citizen had to shoot an apple from his own son's head to escape punishment?
In what year did the William Tell sharpshooting event allegedly take place?
What is the recognized era of construction for the oldest known arrows?
Late Stone Age
Early Bronze Age
Early Helladic Age
Where were the oldest known arrows found?
In what country did researchers uncover the body of a person with quivers containing 14 wooden arrows and flint arrowheads?
What did archeologists find in Egypt that confirmed early bow hunting?
a bow, arrows, and an animal skull with an arrow through it in a pharos tomb
drawings depicting bows being used for hunting and war
a bronze statue of a bow hunter
Who were the first peoples to make composite bows?
What country claims to have manufactured the first crossbow?
What famous warrior was fist credited with using composite bows for himself and his warriors?
Alexander the Great
Attila the Hun
What year was the National Archery Association (NAA) founded?
In what year was archery introduced as an Olympic sport?
Who co-published a book that many feel made modern bow hunting popular in the United States?
Dr. Ben Pearson
Dr. Earl Holt
Dr. Saxon Pope
How did the authors learn about bow hunting skills?
from a Yana tribesman named Ishi
from an Apache tribal chief
interviews with native peoples familiar with bow hunting
What is nocking?
rocking the feet back and forth to obtain stable footing