Archery & Bowhunting
Archery and Bowhunting: Frequently Asked Questions
3. Do you have to be strong to shoot a bow?
Not at all - bows can be adjusted to nearly ANY weight. There are very strong pulling bows that are used for long distance competition or bowhunting, and very gentle pulling bows that are made for beginning archers. A beginning recurve bow (a bow that looks like the kind they use in the Olympics) can be as little 10-15 pounds of pull. Some of the lighter weight compound bows (the type with the wheels and pulleys) can be as little as 10-20 pounds of pull. To start, it's only important to have a bow that is easy to pull back and that will get the arrow to the target.