Shorter than a typical target recurve bow, field recurve bows are designed to be shot without sights and often without an arrow rest. Their shorter length makes them faster than their target bow cousins, and more manoeuvrable in the woods.
Due to their more compact dimensions, many of the bows are of ‘one-piece’ in design – meaning the limbs cannot be detached, while other ‘take-down’ variations are still popular. Neither offers any benefits in performance over the other. Personal preference would be the deciding factor as there are excellent examples of both.
When combined with wooden arrows, this type of bow makes up one of the most popular divisions in field archery – ‘Hunting Tackle’