Bows were important in the Renaissance time.  They were used in hunting, warfare, and in tournaments.  A longbow could be anywhere from 4ft to 6ft in length and very hard to draw, but they were very accurate and had a far range of shooting.  They could fell the largest animal in the area, including humans.  Although crossbows were not as accurate and as powerful as the longbow, it only took a week to be trained with a crossbow, while it took years to become an expert longbow man.  Bows are still around today and are still important to many people.