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You can identify the recurve bow by the curved tips at either end of the bow, which increases the speed of the bow and the smoothness of the release. This bow is known for its widespread use in target archery and the Olympics, where it is the only style of bow allowed in competition. Many archers also shoot recurve bows in field archery & 3D archery.

What is special about a recurve? 

Recurves can be one solid piece, but most competition recurves on the market today are known as “takedown” recurve bows. This means that once unstrung, the bow will break down into three parts to allow for easy transport and adaptability. You grip the bow in the middle part, which is called the “riser” and is usually made of metal, but may also be made from wood or carbon. The top and bottom parts are called “limbs” which are made of wood, fiberglass, carbon, and other materials. Your bow gets its power from the unique curve at the limb tips, a design first developed by Egyptian archers thousands of years ago.



Please be reminded that you MUST carry your Green Dragon membership card and display it on your quiver and display your car badge at all times when you visit the shooting field. Knebworth Estates staff will now check these regularly. Also remember that access for archery members is limited to the huts, the shooting field, and the toilets. We do not have open access to the park itself.

Green Dragon Bowmen is a member of ontarget, Archery GB’s Club Development Programme. Clubs joining ontarget are making a public pledge to be open and friendly, to advance archery and to proactively work with Archery GB and in return clubs will be recognised, rewarded and given support, guidance and advice to develop and improve.




You can identify the compound bow by the multiple strings and the system of pulleys at either end of the bow. This bow is known for its widespread use in both field and 3D archery as well as bowhunting in the USA. Many archers also shoot compound bows in target archery.

What is special about a compound?

Some see the compound bow as the most recent evolution of archery. The pulley system or “cams” on either end of the compound are what give the bow its unique “let-off” capability.

What does “let-off” mean?

A let-off is the point during the draw when a compound archer can hold less draw weight. It allows the archer to take more time in aiming and is especially useful in hunting situations.

For example, this means that with a 60 lb compound bow the archer will begin drawing the string at the “peak weight” of 60 lbs. Then partly through the draw, the archer reaches the let-off point and the draw becomes easier at typically 65-75% of the original weight. The archer will stay at this “holding weight” of around 15 lbs until he or she is ready to release the arrow.



The English Longbow originated in the 12th century and was a development of a succesful bow used earlier by the Welsh! It was the chief weapon of war from the late 12th century until the 16th century when the musket took over. In famous battles at Cresy, Poiters and Agincourt small armies of mainly English archers defeated much larger French opposition. The bow we shoot today was developed in Victorian times for recreational purposes. The bow is a simple D section wooden bow with no arrow rest or sight and shoots a wooden arrow with feather fletchings.





Please note that with the Compound bow the maximum draw weight permissible by G.N.A.S (Archery GB) and World Archery is 60#, this is also the same for shooting at our venues Knebworth House and Nobel school, due to our Insurance constraints. We also only shoot the aforementioned bow styles for insurance purposes (Recurve, Barebow, English Longbow and Compound Bow).

AGB Shooting rules for regulations of bow styles please see chapter 2

All other bows such as Flat Bows, Horse Bows, Mongolian Bows or Similar types and Cross bows are not permitted at any of our venues.