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    Archery in the UK

    As I understand it, bow and arrow is not allowed for deer ( or even small game hunting in the UK).

    So I wondered if anyone there shoots arrows for fun.
    Is there any competition?
    Are there longbow shooters? Recurve? Compound?
    Does anyone travel to Europe or Canada or the US to bowhunt?

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    Closed? Really? On shooting targets?
    I have posted photos and articles on bowhunting in other threads on wild boar, and grizzly bear.

    I just bought another archery book, my first in years, History of the Longbow.

    A question I forgot to ask is what kind of bows you can get there, and do you have to import from the US or Europe?
    I went to a traditional archery meet in Indiana years ago and there were a significant number of archers from France, Germany and Switzerland.

    When you get good with a recurve, you won't need or want a compound. It is a totally different stringed instrument, as different as a violin and electic guitar.

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    Bow and arrow is not permitted for live game in the UK but archery as a sport is an ancient pastime in the UK. They use longbow, recurve and compound bows and targets are traditional bull eyes but there are also field archery competitions as a simulated hunt. In ancient times archery practice was compulsory to keep the archers in good physical shape as the technique of shooting a heavy draw longbow requires muscle training and not insignificant strength.

    The archers from the part of the UK where I come from (Welsh/English border) were the weapon of mass destruction of their time. In the 15th century at the Battle of Agincourt the archers of Henry V were the deciding factor having much greater range and speed of firing than the opposition French crossbows.

    The widely used two fingered "V sign" insult derives from the practice of cutting the fingers of archers to render them useless and the two fingered salute is to show that the fingers are intact.

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    Get a copy of "The Great Warbow" if you don't already have it. Excellent history of the longbow and details and analysis of our away wins - Poitiers, Crecy, Agincourt, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    As I understand it, bow and arrow is not allowed for deer ( or even small game hunting in the UK).

    So I wondered if anyone there shoots arrows for fun.
    Is there any competition?
    Are there longbow shooters? Recurve? Compound?
    Does anyone travel to Europe or Canada or the US to bowhunt?
    This is a little but if history of somewhere I grew up.
    Www.llantrisant.net
    under the history heading is a bit about welsh archers at the battle of crecy.
    dave
    Last edited by plonker; 23-10-2014 at 06:20.

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    There are many clubs in the UK for target with a bow, we have all the makes you have in the usa.
    there are quite a few people who travel to the U.S. etc to hunt with them. Not sure on cross bows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plonker View Post
    This is a little but if history of somewhere I grew up.
    Www.llantrisant.net
    under the history heading is a bit about welsh archers at the battle of crecy.
    dave
    I would love to visit there, Plonker. I had Scot ancestors who fought there.

    I have been shooting a longbow since I was 13. I make my own arrows, arm guards, finger tabs, and building a new quiver now.
    Making bows and arrows was a lost art, until folks like Saxon and Pope examined bows found stashed near Crecy, hidden in a wall, and bows brought up from a shipwreck in the Thames. They were introduced to bowhunting by the last survivor of an Indian tribe they rescued, Ishi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    There are many clubs in the UK for target with a bow, we have all the makes you have in the usa.
    there are quite a few people who travel to the U.S. etc to hunt with them. Not sure on cross bows.
    Is there an industry of bow makers in the UK, as you have with custom knife makers?
    A lot of the longbows, recurves, and takedown bows are made by small builders here, many of them pioneers in the industry, now in their second and third generation. I am lucky enough to live near one of them and his son, both national champions in field archery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    I would love to visit there, Plonker. I had Scot ancestors who fought there.
    If he was Scots I guess he was fighting for the French? As mentioned the English and Welsh routinely "traveled to Europe" for a spot of field archery. As for local craftsmen this lot are just up the road from me: The Longbow Emporium - News and Gallery.

    I think the wreck recovered bows you mention came from the Mary Rose, sunk in the Solent in 1545: The Mary Rose

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