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If it's always a gold it'd be boring, wouldn't it?!


"Archery does not get difficult or hard to understand until the arrow misses."

Milan E. Elott - Preface to "Why We Miss"


"There is no excellence in archery without great labour."

Maurice Thompson, The Witchery of Archery, 1879, p.19


"But you must be patient and careful; nor should you expect to become an accomplished archer without long and severe training."

Maurice Thompson, The Witchery of Archery, 1879, 153-154


“Avoid fast walking, running or any other violent exercise just before shooting, as nothing so distracts the line of a shot as excited nerves.”

Maurice and Will H. Thompson, How to train in Archery,  1879

"So long as the new moon returns in heaven a bent, beautiful bow, so long will the fascination of archery keep hold in the hearts of men."

Maurice Thompson, The Witchery of Archery, 1879

The more expensive gadgets you put on your bow, the more possibilities you have for excuses.


"Look, if Robin Hood could shoot hawks out of the air with a longbow, you can jolly well hit that little yellow circle that's not even moving."

May the forces of evil become confused while your arrow is on its way to the target.

These new arrows haven't been trained yet, they keep going where I'm pointing instead of where they are supposed to be going!!

The magic of archery can only be felt through actions, not explained through words.

I think therefore I miss.

There’s always the next shoot………………..

Get all that crap off your bow & maybe you'll hit something! – Longbow archer.

When you’re shooting, remember you’re the one that you are trying to shoot better than. No-one else.

Don't think, shoot!

I'll check tonight what mine is. I think it's fairly large, 8.5 to 9". [Bracing Height]

Think positive and no matter what - have fun. If you don't have fun, why are you shooting?


Coach: " It doesn't matter where you hit right now. Just try to group them together."

Student: "I know, but I feel a little stupid grouping them in the grass."


90% of archery is half mental.

He just had a premature eCliculation (shot through the clicker).

Archers score more often and do it with a quiver (probably due to shaft size).

Archery is like an erection, the more you think about it, the harder it gets.

Archery is not a sport, it’s a brain damage.

Archery is not a sport, it's an obsession.


The more you practice, the luckier you are.


Why do people say that to compete is to risk losing? It's easy to lose, where's the risk in that?


The next time you're watching that coloured pointed missile hurtling towards your target, spare a thought for the wear and tear that is inflicted on the fletches. Those arrows that miss the target and go exploring the undergrowth suffer from collisions with grass roots, earth and ants nests. So who nurses the arrows back to health? Contrary to popular belief there is no band of fletching elves that moves in at midnight singing and repairing. Everyone should be able to perform the appropriate first-aid on their equipment. If you don't know (or have forgotten) how to fletch arrows, then ask. It can even be spiritually enriching - well, it can be fun playing around with the colours - and you can spend absolutely hours doing it!


Shoot the shot...Not the score.


It was a gold when it left the bow……………….


Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.


Only from standing on the shoulders of the past can you see into the future:-After a bad shot just learn what you did and make the next arrow the best.


If it's not fun, it's not archery.


Sometimes the way to win is to forget to take score


Ignorance is its own reward.


"Archers Shaft till ya Quiver"


I shot that insect right out of the air!!


"Never trust a man whose butt is wider than his shoulders"


Remember when you don't hit what you’re aiming at:

It's not because of the bow - it's the "jerk" on the string.


The reason why one good end is normally followed by a bad one:

"What do you expect? When your head swells that much your anchor point is bound to change!"


Always, always, blame your equipment!!


Now I sight my shaft to shoot


I pray thee lord to win me loot

And if I miss the target yellow

Let me hit another fellow!

I nock my arrow and draw my bow,

then loose my shaft and watch it go.

And it may hit the target with some luck,

but in case it don't, I suggest you duck.

Chester City Law:

You can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight.


Hereford City Law:

You may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close.


York City Law:

Excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.


Just because we dress like Robin Hood doesn’t mean we shoot like Robin Hood.


Listen to Everything, Try what makes sense. Use what works.


Longbow Archer "No wonder I can’t hit the target - these new arrows are straight."


Archery is 1% form, 2% concentration, and the rest just dumb luck!


Arrows are like lightening - they only hit what they want...........and it's rarely the gold.


I shot an arrow into the air

It fell to earth I know not where

For who has sight so keen and strong

To follow the flight of an arrow long

I breathed a song into the air

It fell to earth I know not where

For who has ears so keen and strong

To hear a song that has long gone

Long, long afterwards in an oak

I found the arrow still unbroke

And the song from beginning to end

I found again in the heart of a friend


To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and, whatever you hit, call it the target.


An archer's creativeness for excuses is limited only by the number of arrows in his/her quiver.


"Who says archery is difficult? I can hit the target with one eye closed!"...


A gold is the easiest shot you'll ever take. If you struggle it's probably not going to be a gold.


The day archery becomes nothing but work it is time to put away the bow


"If archer shoots just for fun he has all his skill.
If he shoots for score his hands tremble and his breath is uneasy.
If he shoots for a golden price he becomes mad and blind.
His skill was not lessened, but the vision of the target changed him."

Old Chinese poem


Once they're out of the quiver, there's no telling where they'll end up.


When you think: "What am I doing wrong..." - that's exactly it.


Going by the laws of probability, if I shoot enough of these things one has got to hit the gold eventually, I'll just wait until it does.


Old archers never die, they just bow and quiver (and stop scoring).


You meet a better class of archer behind the target.


The only way I can get my arrows to group is to put them in my quiver


Nothing is wrong with the bow usually except for the nut attached to the handle


Archers are great contortionists: They put their faces on their butts


Paid for a whole target, I use the whole target.


A compound bow is a recurve bow with training wheels.


Building a longbow is easy. Just get a log and remove everything that doesn't look like a bow.


As you stand on the line:

Just remember that you started this with the aim of relaxation in mind!



A duke is hunting in a forest with his men-at-arms and servants when he comes upon a tree. Archery targets are painted all over it, and smack in the middle of each is an arrow. "Who is this incredibly fine archer?" cries the duke. "I must find him."

After continuing through the forest for a few miles, he comes across a small boy carrying a bow and arrow. Eventually the boy admits that it was he who shot the arrows plumb in the centre of all the targets. "You didn't just walk up to the targets and hammer the arrows into the middle, did you?" asks the duke worriedly. "No my lord. I shot them from 100 paces. I swear it by all that I hold holy."

"That is truly astonishing," says the duke. "I hereby admit you into my service. But I must ask one favour in return. You must tell me how you came to be such an outstanding shot."

"Well," said the boy, "first I fire the arrow at the tree, and then I paint the target around it."

First law of Archery:

There is no such thing as a complete set of arrows.


Second law of Archery:

The more you practice, the luckier you are.


Third law of Archery:

Better archery is only one purchase away.


Fourth law of Archery:

The more you shoot, the more arrows you have to buy.


Patrick and Sean were hunting. After a few hours, they realized they were hopelessly lost.

Patrick said, "I heard somewhere that if you fire a shot into the air someone will come to your aid."

They fired one shot but nobody came. They fired again and again, to no avail. Starting to panic, Patrick said, "Try one more time." Sean replied, "Okay, but we're almost out of arrows."


Quote from a recent catalogue:

"There's few more spectacular sights than a line of traditional butts":

(Aknowledgement and deep respect to Orkney archers)




Friendly greeting from Korean Archer



A little nip from the hip flask before the next end.



What you run up, keeping the hip flask full [see bracer]



What you become after sipping too much from your hip flask [see bracer]

A very friendly archer



Place where you find loose archers

Two nocking points are known as a “pair of nockers”

99% of errors happen behind this point



What you do when you see one of those loose archers at a nocking point

What the bow does while at full draw at the end of a long day's shooting.

The only place my arrows group.



The part of the archer that stores all the energy through tension and moves dramatically during the shot.

(I find myself completely out on one whenever I'm shooting a distance of over 50 yards).



Longbowman who can shoot at least fifteen arrows a minute

Speed at which archers descend on ice-cream van



I did everything right but I still didn't hit the gold.

Archery world champions write books, I spend my money on these books, but when I try to do what they say, it doesn't work.



The bow, when you forget your sling and it bounces towards the target... (esp. indoors)……..doink, doink, doink...



Nasty ailment suffered by archers through sitting on damp grass.

Or something that makes an appearance when you're overbowed and straining to come back to full draw.



Sound made by a coach after watching you shoot or looking at your bow setup.



Tradition of leaving one's sight at home at least annually.



Narrowest part of the riser and least narrow part of the archer.



The angry dance one performs when one removes the clamp to find that one has glued the last fletching on upside-down…….or the celebratory dance one performs when it actually goes right.



A clot on the string. Closely related to the nut on the handle.



The split second after the release when you realise that you REALLY should have come down.

Also the split second you open up your case and realise you've forgotten your string/limbs/long rod/riser.



What you feel like feeding to the guy who's doing it all wrong but is still out-scoring you by 50 points. Also known as a "knuckle sandwich".



Euphemism for "I don't know what I am talking about but no way am I going to admit it"...or  "I've forgotten it" - as in "I node it once". Inclement weather often results in a code in the node.



The distance between your kisser button/string and your teeth, sufficient to prevent impromtu extractions when things get tangled up.



v place we go to relax after v tournament

Bow mounted bowstand, when combined with long enough twins.



The shape of the tummies on the shooting line

The shape of an aluminium arrow that's been bent by a target stand and then straightened by hand. Also the technique of straightening arrows by hand (re-curving).




Someone who shoots within his bow,

Who looses clean his shaft,

In sure belief we all know,

It will never be his last.

His arrow so fast and smooth it flies,

On its graceful arcing path,

'Til it cannot be denied,

It commits its final act.

Three shafts and three more,

Fly towards the target small,

All aimed for the golden core,

Certain hit them all.

Now he walks with steady pace,

In anticipation stored,

To the scoring at the face,

One nine, four more and a red!

Back then, he walks to the line,

And takes his bow in hand,

Nocking his arrow fine,

Once more to test his sand.

His heart and mind is freed,

His eye and arms are steady,

The arrow echo's his need

To Perfect His Archery.