Discover the traditional treasures of classic long and recurve bows with virtual MDC program June 15

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St. LOUIS, Mo.—Use of the bow and arrow for hunting dates back longer than recorded history.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for archery enthusiasts to learn about the more traditional forms of the bow—the long and recurve bows.

MDC is conducting Traditional Treasure -- A Basic Introduction, a virtual program focusing on classic bows, Tuesday, June 15 from 6-7 p.m.  The event is free and open for ages 12 and up. 

“Many people have an old longbow or recurve bow somewhere in their household, or maybe it was passed down from a grandparent or parent,” said MDC Conservation Educator Conrad Mallady.  “This program is just a basic introduction into the wonderful world of traditional archery.”  Mallady also said the program is for anyone who might have a new interest in shooting a longbow or recurve bow or hold a fascination for the ones used before the compound bow was invented. 

The presentation will explore the most common kinds of traditional bows and the differences between them.  Participants will learn the basic parts of traditional bows and how to tell if a bow is in good shooting condition.  The advantages and disadvantages of shooting traditional equipment, and what accessories are needed to shoot these kinds of bows will also be addressed.  

Traditional Treasure -- A Basic Introduction is a free program; however, advanced online registration is required at This is a virtual event through WebEx. Participants will receive an email with the link approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please check junk mail/spam folders if you do not receive the invitation.

MDC offers many free educational programs in the St. Louis region to help people discover nature, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors.  Stay informed by going to the MDC St. Louis regional events page at