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Why Archery?
by a Patron of the Ancients
Petit Jean

I wonder if Robin Hood ever gave a thought to the ballistics of his bow, or tried to read charts of the flight of the arrow when influenced by a thick string.!

It is my opinion that more space should be used to emphasize the beauty of the bow. Any man or woman who has held a bow must surely have had visions of stalwart foresters stalking "Merry Sherwood" clad in their suits of Lincoln green and brown.

Some of the archery clubs adopt the picturesque, and at shooting-time wear the rakish archers' hats and the leather jerkins. This has started a fad, and it is a splendid idea, for it keeps awake the spirit of archery.

Perhaps I may be influenced by my own inaccuracy with the noble weapon. But I judge myself and a few others by the old definition: "He who enjoys making his own tackle, and who enjoys shooting with the product of his own hands, is an archer."

For the vast multitude, the younger generation, archery is a clean stimulating sport. To continually hold the interest, it should not be stagnated by grinding on accuracy, and the accompanying dull exercises. Roving, to my mind, is a most important branch of the sport. It gives the most exercise, embodies the most interest, and smacks of the ancient. Every young archer loves to rove. This is only natural, for our primitive instincts urge us to go back to Nature in her forests, fields, and lakes. Teach the young Robin Hoods and Maid Marions to practice among the beauties of Nature, and future archers will enjoy the sport more than many of us do.

Perhaps I have started a flood of objections toward the offices of our patron periodical. But I really think there are some who will agree that we are archers because we like and wish to preserve the beauty of "the king of sport and the sport of kings."