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Oregon 4-H Archery Member Manual 17
bow square: A T-shaped device used to measure brace height and
for placing nock locators.
bowstring: The string that connects the two ends of the bow and
propels the arrow.
bow stringer: A device used to string a bow.
boyer: A person that makes bows.
brace height: The distance from the pivot point to the string when
a bow is strung. (Also called string height; once called the fistmele.)
broadhead: A very sharp arrow point, usually with two or more
cutting edges, used for hunting.
bull’s eye: The center of the target.
butt: Any backstop to which a target face is attached.
cant: To tilt the bow left or right while at full draw.
cast: The ability of a bow to propel an arrow a given distance.
center serving: The material in the center of the bowstring where
the arrow is nocked. Protects the string from wear.
clicker: A small strip of metal, mounted on the sight window in
front of the arrow rest, that gives a precise indication of when full
draw is attained by snapping off the point of the arrow with an
audible click.
cock feather: The feather that is at right angles to the bow during
the draw; usually the odd-colored feather (also called “index
feather.”)
composite bow: A bow made of more than one material.
compound bow: A hand-held, hand-drawn bow that uses a pair of
cables and wheels to store more energy.
creep: To allow the arrow to move slowly forward before release.
crest: The colored bands around the shaft of the arrow which aid in
its identification.
dominant eye: The eye with which one naturally aims.
draw: To pull the bowstring back. Also, the distance the bowstring
is pulled back.
draw length: At full draw, the distance from the nocking point to
the grip is the “true draw length,” and the distance from the
nocking point to the side of the bow farthest from the archer is
the “traditional draw length.”
Archival copy. For current version, see: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/4-h361
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