Oregon 4-H Archery Member Manual 19
let down: Returning from full draw to the undrawn position with
control and not releasing the string.
let off: When drawing a compound bow, the point just after the
maximum draw weight, when a “bump” is felt and the draw
weight decreases to a fraction of the maximum.
limb: Upper or lower part of the bow that bends when the string is
drawn back; the part of the bow where the energy is stored.
longbow: A style of bow that is straight when unstrung. Also
known as a straight or stick bow.
mat (butt): The circular disc of grass or plastic to which the target
face is attached.
nock: To place the arrow on the string. Also, the attachment to the
rear end of an arrow which is placed on the bowstring and holds
the arrow on the string.
nock locator (point): The mark or device that indicates where the
arrow is to be placed on the string.
notch: The groove or ridge in the tips of the bow limbs that holds
the bowstring when the bow is strung.
pivot point: The point on the face side of the bow handle which is
the deepest part of the bow grip, approximately the center of the
quiver: A device used to hold arrows.
range: A place set up for shooting.
recurve bow: A bow with limbs that bend away from the archer
when the bow is held in the shooting position.
release: The act of relaxing the fingers that are holding the bow-
string at full draw.
riser: The middle section of the bow that divides the upper and
lower limbs.
round: A prescribed number of arrows, ends, and games, shot at
prescribed distances.
serving: The wrapping of material around the loops and center of
the bowstring to protect it from wear.
shaft: The length of tubing or wood that makes up the body of the
shelf: The bottom portion of the sight window.
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