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The Trio of Classic Books on

Archery & Bow-Hunting

Three of the all-time classics from

Three truly legendary persons

Who have impacted the history of the sport

The Theory & Practice of Archery

The Witchery of Archery

Yahi Archery

PDF Reprint #1

158 Pages

The Theory & Practice of Archery


Second Edition



Horace A. Ford (1822-1880) is known as the greatest target archer of all time. He first picked up the bow in 1845, and a mere four years later he won the Grand National Archery Meeting held in the United Kingdom. He proceeded to win an amazing, and unmatched, eleven consecutive championships, and a twelfth "comeback" win. His high score - that of 1271 in the Double York Round in 1857 - remained archery's high mark for over 70 years.


His masterwork, The Theory and Practice of Archery, is one of the all-time classics of archery.


Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1859.


Contents Covered



The Anglo-Norman Period
Military Achievements of the Bow in the Middle Ages
Its Decline and Fall
Revival for Amusement
Grand National Archery Society


Variety of its Form and Material
The Flodden Bow
The Self-Bow
Quality and Superiority of Yew
How to Secure Pins
The Proper Shape and Correct Length of the Bow
The Backed Bow
A Comparison between Self and Backed-Yew Bows
The Carriage Bow


Popular Errors in the Choice of a Bow
Most Accomplished Shots
Directions as to Strength of Bow to Be Chosen
General Principles to Guide its Selection
Reasons Why Bows Are Broken
General Directions for its Preservation and Repair
Of Broken Limbs
Concerning Unstringing
Weight and Length of Ladies' Bows
Care in the Choice and Use of a Bow Recommended


Essentials of an Arrow
How to Test its Straightness and Strength
Best Kind of Arrow, and Best Materials for its Manufacture
Apparent Antagonism between the Theory and Practice of Archery
Various Shapes of the Arrow
Its Feathering, Pile, Nock, Length and Weight
How to Preserve the Feathers from Damp
Curious Effects in Different Feathering of Arrows
How to Keep and Preserve Arrows


The Best Strings and Directions in Their Choice
How to Make the Loop
Some Directions for its Preservation
The Object of the Bracer
Directions for its Make, Material, and Mode of Fixture
Importance of a Well-fitting Shooting-Glove
Difficulty of Laying down Defined Rules for Its Size, Shape, etc
Some Directions for Its Manufacture
Some Specimens of Good Gloves


The Grease-box
The Tassel
The Belt
The Scoring Apparatus
The Ascham
The Register
The Targets
The Stands
The Quiver


Different Modes of Bracing
How to Accomplish it
The Proper Bend of the Bow When Strung
How to Ascertain it
The Nocking Place
The Proper Degree of Tightness
A Word to the Young Archer as to Changing the Nocking part


The Standing and Attitudes of the Archer
Requirements of a Good Position
What to Observe, and What to Avoid
The Position of Feet, Heels, Knees, Shoulders, Body, and Head
The Grasp of the Bow
The Proper Grasp


Drawing an Essential Feature of Archery
Examples of Bad Methods
Different Modes adopted by Good Archers
The Best Mode
Necessity of Drawing an Even Length, and inutility of Devices to attain it
Unremitting Practice the only way
A Common Failing of All Archers
General Directions for Drawing
Position of Left Arm a most important Feature
Necessity of an Unobstructed Passage of the String demonstrated
Proper Position of the Left Arm
The Length of the Draw
Concluding Remarks


Prevailing Ignorance on this Point
Absence of Scientific Instruction upon it in all Existing Works
Curious Expedients resorted to Obtain an Aim
Directions for its Full and Proper Attainment, and its Theory clearly elucidated
The Direct and Indirect Vision
The Point of Aim Explained
How the Direct Vision should be applied
Aiming at Lengths beyond the Target Distances
Shutting One Eye


Ascham's Directions the Correct Ones
Importance of Loosing
Misapprehension amongst Archers Concerning it
Necessity of its Perfect Command
What is and What is not a Good Loose
Its Effect upon the Flight of the Arrow
Directions for its Proper Attainment
Position of the String upon the Fingers
Some Ugly Habits


Its Divisions
The Modern System considered as a Test of Skill or Strength
The Edinburgh Match
Justice to Modern Clout-shooting not Forgotten
Length of Probable Range considered
Experiments of Mr. Muir and My Own


Best Shots of the Toxophilites
Best Scores of Mr. Brady, Mr. Crunden, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Cazalet, Mr. Shepheard
Result of Mr. Waring's Arm-striking Theory
Mr. Anderson the "Incomparable" Archer
More Modern Archers
Shooting at the National Meetings considered
Concluding Remarks

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PDF Reprint #2

264 Pages

The Witchery of Archery


A Complete Manual of Archery

In the United States, the Civil War was partly responsible for the rise in interest in archery. After the war, Confederate soldiers were not permitted to own firearms. This forced two veterans, brothers Will and Maurice Thompson, to learn to hunt with the bow and arrow. Published in 1878, Maurice’s book, The Witchery of Archery: a complete manual of archery, described their hunting exploits and captured their love of the sport.
The author's experiences in the swamps were told in a way that you wish you were next to him launching arrows at those huge herons.

The book was widely read and interest in archery spread throughout the country. In 1879 the Thompsons helped organize the National Archery Association, and Maurice was elected president. The first tournament was held the next year, which Will Thompson won, as well winning the following five tournaments.


The Witchery of Archery, one of the all-time classics of archery, continues to charm people to archery to the current day. It is a must for an Archer's Library.


Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1878.

Contents Covered

Outline Sketch Of The Practice Of Archery In Hunting

Some Notes On Woodpecker Shooting

Bow-Shooting On The St. John's

Hare, or Rabbit Shooting

Bow-Shooting With A Hermit

Bold Robin Hood And His Merry Clan

The Mysterious Lake

Shooting the Wood-Duck and his Companions

The Death of the White Heron

The Game of Archery-Lawn Shooting, and Roving

The Battles of the Birds

Some Wing-Shots, and other Fancy Work

Three Weeks of Savage Life

Lady Toxophilites

Shooting Woodcock and Plover


The Bow
The Bowstring
The Arrow
The Shooting Glove
The Quiver and Belt
The Bracer
The Target
The Ascham
The Care of Tackle
The Archery Club and its Rules
Manual of Arms
How to Shoot

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PDF Reprint #3

57 Pages

Yahi Archery

Dr. Saxton Pope (1875 - 1926) was an American surgeon, teacher, author and outdoorsman.

In 1911, Ishi, the last Yahi Indian or primitive Native American, was captured in Oroville, California; and was brought to the University of California’s Museum of Anthropology as a ward. There, Dr. Pope became the personal physician for Ishi, and was immediately intrigued by the Yahi ways. They became wonderful friends and Pope learned to enjoy Ishi's many outdoor talents. Pope was so complimentary of Ishi's archery tackle and especially his craftsmanship that he claimed "probably better ones have never been made anywhere".

Dr. Pope went on to write many books about archery and ways to make and hunt with the bow and arrow, including Yahi Archery, first published in 1918.

Yahi Archery describes the very interesting methods of the Yahi for the manufacture of the implements of archery, and their style of shooting. Presents 17 plates of many amazing photos about Ishi and his archery, this book is one of the all-time classics of archery.

Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1918.

Contents Covered

Technical Terms
The Bow
The Arrow
Manufacture of Arrow Points
The Quiver
Handling the Bow
Ishi's Records with the Bow
Hunting Methods
Explanation of Plates

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PDF Reprint #4

192 Pages

Hunting with the Bow & Arrow


with 48 Illustrations



First published in 1923 and still in print to date, Hunting with the Bow & Arrow by Saxton Pope tells the tale of the author and his friends who took up hunting deer with the bow and arrow in the late 1910s and went on to harvest Cougar, Black Bear, Dall Sheep, Moose, Grizzly Bear, and Kodiak Bear with their basic handmade wooden bows and arrows. In the book, Dr. Pope also informs you how to make your own tackle. This classic has directly and indirectly inspired millions of sportsmen to take up hunting with the bow and arrow, and is regarded as the bible of modern bow-hunting.


Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is an illustrated e-Text version of the actual book published in 1923.


Contents Covered

The Story of the Last Yana Indian
Ishi's Bow and Arrow
Ishi's Methods of Hunting
Archery in General
How to Make a Bow
How to Make an Arrow
Archery Equipment
How to Shoot
The Principles of Hunting
The Raccoon, Wildcat, Fox, Coon, Cat, and Wolf
Deer Hunting
Bear Hunting
Mountain Lions
Grizzly Bear
Alaskan Adventures

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