Use of the bow and arrow is recorded as early as 3000 B.C. However, Native Americans were America’s first bowhunters.
The National Archery Association was founded in 1879 and initiated the first U.S.–sponsored tournament.
Bowhunting did not really take off until the 1950s and 1960s as hunters learned more about the sport and about newer bows that were being developed.
Modern bows can shoot arrows more than 200 yards, at speeds of more than 135 miles per hour. However, they are considered short-range hunting tools with shots typically limited to 40 yards or less.
A multitude of accessories are available, including sights (including scopes), illuminated sights, mechanical releases, bow-mounted quivers, and fishing reels.