There was exactly one thing I used to be afraid of in highschool, which was archery in girls phys ed. The only two safe places to stand were directly in front of the target or 200 yards or more away. A lot seems to have changed in the last 40 years...
I was at the Harrisburg Pa Outdoor Show Monday wiith a buddy who'd never touched a bow since grade school and this is a guy whose doctor told him he had a year or so to live about five years ago, and is clearly in no condition to be pulling a heavy bow.
Now my buddy came with me when I went to the archery area of the show, mainly to get questions answered about High Country's 5.5 grain/inch arrows and how they're setting them to 240 grains or thereabout and Cindy Land of High Country (the president's wife) let my buddy take a few shots with HER bow, one of High Country's carbonfibre riser bows set at just over 40 lbs.
Now, nobody who's used to watching ordinary 40 lb bows expects to see a 40-lb bow shooting at 270 feet/second, but there it was. My buddy was pretty much flabbergasted.
Moreover it turns out Mrs. Land has killed several deer with that bow including one of the biggest taken in Texas last year.
If anybody's laughing at women's archery anymore, Bambi isn't amongst them.