Bows are weapons used to fire arrows. They're popular hunting weapons because of their ranged combat capabilities.
Types of bows Edit
As of version 3.12b, NPCs such as Njerpez and foreign traders can carry bows, making them more deadly. This is not an entirely bad thing for your character though, as it is not uncommon for the NPCs to miss you entirely and shoot their "teammates". To make this happen, try to arrange the fight so that there is one of the enemy bowman's "teammates" between you and the enemy bowman. This is especially common with crossbows, as they are not too accurate and do excellent damage, often causing bleeding wounds.