Hunting stores in Ottawa might best describe archery as, depending on the reason for use, the art, sport, or skill of using a bow and arrow—with the bow used to propel an arrow; people who do archery are referred to as either archers or bow hunters. It has long been an important military and hunting skill before the invention of first gunpowder, then more modern firearms.
On that note, people who do enjoy the sport of archery in Ottawa are often asked why they do archery, when hunting with a firearm seems so much more straightforward, or perhaps easier. And Ottawa-area hunting stores, too, enjoy a steady stream of archery enthusiasts through their doors, regardless of the continued popularity of rifles or other hunting firearms.
There does seem to exist a popular misconception that archery is an old-fashioned and out-dated means of hunting. The truth is, guns are simply faster and more accurate, inviting the question of what it is that draws Ottawa’s citizens to archery? Here are a few reasons commonly cited by popular hunting stores in the Ottawa region.
Archery, whether embraced as a sport, a hobby, or hunting method, is uniquely accessible to most people. Equipment can range from simple to complex, and it can be enjoyed as a pastime by hitting targets, or more seriously as a challenging way to catch prey.
An increase in the length of the hunting season
Fans of hunting and hunting stores in Ottawa alike appreciate that archery hunting can increase the hunting season—sometimes by months! A definite advantage—even no-brainer—for hard core hunting enthusiasts to lengthen and even diversify their passion for the sport!
An increase in one’s survival skill “arsenal”: Proponents of archery in Ottawa love that, stripped down the basics, archery can play an integral part of true wilderness survival—itself a pastime or skill many are passionate about. From finding natural materials, to making a simple bow and arrow, to tracking and catching a needed meal—archery encompasses the true spirit of “backcountry” living.
An increase in the challenge
Finally, what most enthusiasts of archery in Ottawa would say they like most about it is the challenge that it presents. Archery hunting is not easy! It takes skill—which comes with significant practice—to properly hit a target with an arrow. In addition, success at hitting a target comes only with closer range than needed with a gun. Both the skill and range required for successful archery hunting immensely increases the sense of reward a hunter feels when a target is hit.