Speaking of the use of the bow for sport, flight shooting in the
middle east and mediterranean has been a well established sport
since at least the early 14th century. In 1453 (after the sacking
of Constantinople by the Turks) a guild was established to promote
the sport. This sporting use of the bow continues into the 17th or
18th century at which time the bow declined in popularity. The
ingenuity and 'engineering' that went into this tackle and the
skill at which it was used is truly astounding.