Video: Bow and Arrow Practice

Written By: Emily - Mar• 23•14


Science & Culture || The Face of one of Henry VIII’s Archers

Written By: Emily - Jul• 06•13


From The Daily Mail:

British scientists have revealed how they reconstructed the face of one of Henry VIII’s elite archers who drowned when the Mary Rose sank in 1545.

The team from Swansea University worked with a Swedish expert, Oscar Nilsson, to reconstruct the face of the man.

They used 3D scanning and printing – as well as modern forensic techniques – to analyse several skulls recovered from the Mary Rose and make a replica of one.

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At the Range || Randy Ackerson, Longbow Maker

Written By: Emily - Jul• 05•13

From The Independent:

ASHLAND — You have to rely on instinct to be any good at shooting a long bow, and that’s just one of the things bowyer Randy Ackerson appreciates about the traditional tool and weapon.

Ackerson, 51, has been building bows since before he moved to Ashland about 15 years ago, although his obsession with archery began as a young man growing up in South Point. He began hunting small game along with his older brother, Darrell, when he was about 10 years old, Ackerson said.

“Back then, in the late ’60s and early ’70s there wasn’t a whole lot else to do,” he said with a chuckle. “We got bows and arrows, and we could retrieve the ammo!”

The longbow, which is among the most traditional styles and similar to the bows used by American indians, appeals to Ackerson in part due to the fact that it relies upon the skills and experience of the archer to be effective. The person shooting the arrow must pull the string and arrow back themselves with no mechanical advantage as with a compound-style bow, and must hold it in place with no assistance until ready to release the shot. With no form of sighting system built in, putting an arrow on target is a matter of consistency and experience, Ackerson explained.

Video || Shooting at the Camera

Written By: Emily - Jul• 04•13

Featuring our very own Coach Tom!


2012 Olympics || Paralympic Archery Champion Fabry Nominated for ESPY Award

Written By: Emily - Jul• 03•13

From USA Archery:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) has been nominated for an ESPY Award in the “Best Male Athlete With a Disability” category. The nomination, announced earlier today, puts Fabry in the running for this prestigious award from top sports network ESPN.

Fabry, who shoots a compound bow and had a breathtaking rise to the podium in London after an equipment failure that nearly eliminated him from competition, is one of 11 Paralympians nominated for an ESPY this year. Fabry’s nomination is archery’s first-ever nod in the ESPY nominations.

ESPY stands for “Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly,” according to ESPN. Fans will determine the winners in all ESPY categories by voting online at, or on the ESPN Mobile Web app.

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Entertainment || Tauriel as an Archer

Written By: Emily - Jul• 02•13


So, on the basis of one publicity photo and about two seconds of video in the trailer (watch for it at about the 45-second mark), here’s what I think:

The only thing I see that bothers me is that her quiver is on the wrong side; it should be on the side away from the bow so as to avoid accidentally getting arrows tangled in the bow-string. Aside from that, everything I can see here has more to do with an exotic form of archery rather than the typical English longbow form as demonstrated (mostly adequately) by Legolas.

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Entertainment || Merida, Disney Princess

Written By: Emily - May• 01•13

From Inside the Magic:

Move over Rapunzel. The honor of being named the newest Disney Princess will soon go to Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning film “Brave.”

Merida will officially become Disney’s 11th princess in a royal coronation, set to take place at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m.

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2012 Olympics || Five Questions with Jacob Wukie

Written By: Emily - Mar• 11•13

From Recurve Emma:

1.      Do you use different arrows for indoor vs. outdoor?  If so, what are the differences? I have used the same arrows for indoors that I use for outdoors (x10′s) and I have switched to aluminum arrows for indoors because they are a larger diameter.  In my experience I shoot about the same scores either way.  I think x10′s tend to be more forgiving but they don’t catch as many lines, while if I shoot aluminum arrows I will catch more lines but I’m more likely to have a flier.  Because of that I have shot my x10′s more than my aluminum arrows for indoors because I’m more consistent.

2.      Do you different string colors in different tournaments?  If so, how do they help?  I don’t use different color strings depending on the tournament.  I have used black, red, blue, and white and honestly don’t have much of a preference. . . I have kind of settled on white.  I put plenty of work into getting my bows to shoot exactly how I want them to, and once I get a setup working right I’m going to have more confidence shooting it exactly how it is, then if I switched the string based on conditions.

At the Range || Army Warrior Games athletes compete during archery, sitting volleyball trials

Written By: Emily - Mar• 10•13


 ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Mar. 8, 2013) — After two grueling archery and sitting volleyball assessment and selection clinics, more than 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans from across the U.S. and Europe are steps closer to reaching their goal of representing the U.S. Army during the 2013 Warrior Games.

As part of the Army’s Warrior Games selection process, the Warrior Transition Command hosted the Army’s final archery and sitting volleyball trials on Fort Belvoir, Va., Feb. 25 – March 1.

“Overall, we have conducted more than 15 training and accession clinics to prepare our athletes for competition during the 2013 Warrior Games,” said Master Sgt. Jarrett Jongema, Adaptive Sports & Reconditioning Branch Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Warrior Transition Command. “Army athletes have received the best training possible from some of the top subject matter experts in their sports.”

During the 2013 Warrior Games, slated for May 11 – 17, in Colorado Springs, Colo., athletes will compete in sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming, cycling, track and field, archery, and competitive shooting with hopes of being awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

The first archery and sitting volleyball multi-sport clinic was held in Fort Belvoir, Va., the last week of October and a second clinic took place December 2012 at Fort Carson, Colo.

“From the start, our athlete’s focused on shooting the best shots they possibly could regardless of their skill level. Some came in with the knowledge required, while others had to be taught,” said Kevin Stone, Head Coach of the U.S. Army archery team.

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Entertainment || Archery Meets Academy Awards as Lorig Does Pre Oscar Countdown

Written By: Emily - Mar• 09•13

From USA Archery:

Los Angeles, Calif. – The first drink of the night at E! Entertainment Television’s Pre-Oscars Countdown was poured in glamorous fashion: a target with a red balloon in the center stood at one end of the brilliant blue pool at the Roosevelt Hotel. One shot, and the balloon burst and the cocktail inside dropped into a martini glass waiting below.

Khatuna Lorig, the five-time Olympian behind the bow-wielding “Hunger Games” character of Katniss Everdeen, was on hand live with E! to bring the country’s hottest emerging sport – archery – to Hollywood yet again. Host Ross Matthews drank the “arrowtini” as Lorig mingled with Academy Award nominees and winners, and brought the bow and arrow sport to television screens across the United States.

Lorig says it was great working with Ross Matthews as “he is a sweet person.”  She always tunes in when he criticizes dresses on E!, so it was special to be part of something she enjoys watching from home all the time.  The E! crew was very friendly and welcoming, according to Lorig: “everyone was clapping, they were so excited to have a five-time Olympian there, and it made me feel important. After, they all wanted to hop out the door and try archery.”

While celebrities were not given the opportunity to try archery, Lorig offered her coaching services for a future date. She said, “think of something you want to shoot and then think of me” and promised to help anyone try archery; “They all know where to find me if they want to shoot [archery].”

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