Anyone can try archery and archery is offered in places such as summer camp for kids and as an activity for adults in archery clubs and outdoors clubs. Probably the best way to enjoy archery is to make sure you have the right equipment and the best way to do that is to visit your local sporting goods store and start asking a lot of questions. The ideal place would be a store that specializes in archery products but those types of stores may be difficult to find so make sure you head out to a larger sporting goods store that has the potential to have an archery expert on staff. If you have the proper equipment then it is much easier to really enjoy archery and if you have the wrong equipment then it could potentially get a little dangerous. So before you even get started make sure that you load up on the proper equipment and also that you do a lot of research on how to safely get involved in archery.
Archery can be done in many different forms but the most common form is to compete against another archer and attempt to score points by shooting at a target. The target consists of a series of circles with there being a bulls eye in the middle. Each ring is worth a certain number of points and the archer that compiles the most points over a set number of rounds will win the match. It requires a steady hand and nerves of steel to score consistently well in archery and it also requires a sharp eye to be able to get the arrow to go where you want it to go. There are archery champions all over the world and archery is a very popular competition in most of the countries of the world. World archery competitions are held by the International Archery Federation and they are very popular events all over the world.
One of the more interesting pieces of equipment that can be used in an archery competition is the crossbow. The crossbow is basically an archery gun that shoots a small arrow fairly short distances and does not have nearly the lethal range that a standard bow has. The crossbow could be effective in close combat because it is small and easy to carry but its limitations make it pretty useless in reality. It takes a lot longer to reload a crossbow than a standard bow, crossbows can misfire a lot, and they offer a very limited range where their power is effective.