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    Archery for Beginners – Complete Guide

    Archery is increasingly growing in popularity due to its fun, challenging and competitive nature. Archery is basically the act of accurately propelling an arrow from a bow, thus the coined term bow and arrow.  Archery has been in existence ever since the beginning of time and has been evolving ever since into what it is today.

    Archery for Beginners can be a bit overwhelming as there is a lot of information, techniques, and different types of archery equipment that is associated with the sport of archery.  The purpose of this article is to give archery beginners a basic understanding of what archery is and how to get started in the sport.

    What is Archery?

    Archery can be defined as “the art or practice of propelling arrows with the use of a bow”.  Archery has been around since the beginning of time and was used to hunt and as a means to fight in wars.  Archery today has evolved quite a bit since the invention of it long ago.  Today there are many bow types, models and accessories.

    Common Archery Terms

    Arrow:  A wooden, aluminum or carbon based projectile with a head and feathers on the back for     stability

    Quiver: A container for holding arrows.

    Broadhead: An arrow head configured with razor blades that is used for hunting

    Rest: A stand type archery accessory used to hold the arrow shaft

    Draw Weight: The weight equivalent it takes to draw a bow to full draw.

    Draw Length: The total length of the string when at full draw. Measured from the tip of your              fingers to the center area of your throat.

    String Loop: An addition to the bowstring for attaching your release to. Used to prolong the          life of your bowstring.

    Limbs: The part of the bow that is compressed when the bow is drawn back.

    Nock: A plastic piece that affixes to the back of an arrow so that it can be locked onto the       bow string.

    Release: A mechanical device with a trigger that you attach the the bow string. Used to help      you draw the bow.

    Sight: A bow accessory that contains pins that can be adjusted. Used for aiming at the target.

    Types of Archery Bows

    There are basically 4 types of bows that you can choose from when beginning archery. The following is a list of the 4 types of bows and a description of each:

    Compound – A bow that has cams and/or wheels that the string uses instead of just attaching to the bow limbs. A compound bow is a new type of bow and one of the more popular types and can have added advantages such as let-off, increased speed, smoother draw cycles and the availability of adding more accessories.

    CrossBow – This is gun type of a regular bow.  The crossbow features a stock and trigger just like a gun, but instead of a barrel has a shelf where the arrow sits on top of and is propelled by the bow string.  This is another very popular option and also comes with the ability to add accessories.

    Traditional Bow – This is the original type bow so to speak.  It is basically just a piece of wood or other type of material with notches cut into the tip of the limps where the string attaches to.  There is no let-off and does not allow for the addition of accessories.  This type of bow is slowly gaining in popularity as it is more of a challenge to shoot and master.

    Recurve Bow – A recurve bow is essentially the same concept as the traditional type bow, however the limbs are curved back a bit.

    Things to Avoid doing in Archery

    1. Never Fire a bow without an Arrow, this can destroy the bow and injure you.

    2. Make sure that you are gripping the bow properly in order to avoid being hit with the       bowstring.

    3. Keep your index finger behind the trigger of the release.  This will help keep a tight grip    on the string and will also help you to avoid accidental release which could leave you with    a black eye and or a bloody nose.

    4. Avoid buying your first bow from Ebay or a Pawn shop as most of the time they are not the      proper draw weight or draw length for you.  They are also usually overpriced.

    5. Don’t try to draw too much weight.  Draw weight can be deceiving, it utilizes muscles that     are not often used in normal everyday life.  Pulling too much weight can destroy your rotator cuff and can ruin your ability to shoot in the future.

    Buying your First Bow

    Archery for Beginners can be quite expensive at first until you have your basic equipment.  As with any sport there are expensive lines of archery equipment and there are cheaper lines of archery equipment.  The expensive equipment is not always better than the cheaper equipment, like any other equipment you are paying for the name and popularity of the item as well.  The best thing to do is to try before you buy.  You may find that you like how the cheaper model of bow shoots better than the more expensive one.

    When buying your first bow it is also essential that you buy a bow that fits you perfectly.  This can be done by [determining your draw length] and then buying a bow with that particular draw length.  One of the biggest problems with buying a bow that does not fit you is the inconsistency of your shooting which will just end up frustrating you beyond belief.

    One of the best places to buy your first bow is from a smaller archery shop.  The smaller shops usually have lower overhead(cheaper prices), and more personable staff that can spend more time with you, teaching and informing you of general archery shooting.  If you do not have any smaller shops around then you can go to a larger archery shop.  The biggest thing to remember is to try different bows before you buy one.

    Where to practice?

    Once you have purchased your bow and the rest of your archery equipment you will need a place to shoot.  More often than not you can buy and setup a target in your backyard, however if you live in city limits you will need to do some research to find some local archery clubs that you can go and shoot at.  These clubs are great for learning more and for picking other archers brains about archery related information.

    Archery is a great sport and is a whole lot of fun once you get into it. You should have a pretty good general idea about archery and if it sounds like something you want to do then I encourage you to get out there and get into it.

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    Archery Rules – The Rules You Need To Know

    Archery is a great sport that is a lot of fun and offers a challenge both physically and mentally.  As with any sport there are general archery rules or guidelines that must be followed in order to promote safety, fairness, and a good challenge.  In the sport of archery there are many different variations of rules depending on the type of shooting you are doing. Types of shoots include: Compettitive, 3D archery, Tournaments, Club shoots etc.

    There are however, general archery rules that stay the same no matter where you go or what type of shoot you are participating in.  These rules focus around the safety aspect of archery and must be followed in order to prevent injury to both yourself and others.  The following is a list of common archery rules:

    Never Dry-Fire a Bow

    This is a very important rule that if not followed could result in serious injury to yourself and to your bow equipment.  The act of dry firing a bow is shooting your bow without an arrow.  This may seem strange but the arrow provides the bow just enough resistance to keep it from overloading the limbs, cams/wheels, bow string and other components.  It is not uncommon for th bow string to snap, and limbs to break or crack when a dry-fire occurs.

    Never Fire a Bow when People are Area of Target

    This is an obvious rule that if not followed could end up in serious injury and even death.  One of the potential scenarios of archery is arrow deflection.  This happens when the arrow grazes or barely hits the target or other objects in its path.  The arrow can be deflected left, right, up or down.  This can make for a disaster should there be a person in the near vicinity of the target.

    Never Release an Arrow into the Sky (Sky Firing)

    Although this type of practice is seen in movies such as the lord of the Rings, this practice is not okay and should never be done.  Shooting an arrow into the sky can be very dangerous as it is unknown as to where the arrow will land or what or who it will hit.  Arrows are very light and can be carried by the wind off its course which adds to the dangerous aspect of this type of practice.

    Check Your Arrows after a Bad Shot

    The most common type of arrow used in archery today are carbon, the reason for this is due to their strength, resilience to damage and bending, and the increased straightness. It is important to make sure that if you miss the target or animal and your arrow hits or scrapes along the ground or other hard object or if you get a deflection off of an object that you check your arrow for missing pieces, stress cracks, chips or any other type of damage to your arrow.  The reason for this is that because the arrows are made of carbon fibers, they have the potential to shatter into a million pieces upon firing if there is damage to its structure.  This can cause massive injury to your face, arms and hands.

    Check your Bow String before Shooting

    Your bow string holds a lot of weight and is put under a ton of stress every time it is pulled back.  This along with age and outdoor elements causes your bow string to break down and degrade.  It is important that every time before you begin a shoot that you check your bow string for frayed, broken, separated or damaged strands.  Failure to catch any of these can result in your bow string snapping while at full draw causing damage to your equipment and possible serious injury to yourself and other standing near by.

    These are just a few of the general archery rules that if followed will help to greatly reduce the chances of injury to yourself or others and will also reduce the chances of damage to your archery equipment.

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    5 Archery Tips for Maximizing the Life of your Bow String

    The bow string is a very critical part of your archery setup. Obviously without your bow string it would be impossible to shoot arrows from your bow.  It is because of the critical nature that you make sure that you are taking care of your bow string and ensuring that it is in good condition each and every time you shoot.  Eventually however your bow string will need to be replaced due to wear, dry rot, or damage.  Replacing the bow string is a normal part of archery however there are things you can do in order to maximize the life of the string and cables on your bow so that you can go longer in between replacement periods. Here are some archery tips that will help you to maximize your bow string.

    1.Wax your String

    This tip here is one of the best ways to keep you bow string in tip top shape longer.  The purpose of the wax is to put a coating over your string to keep it soft, flexible and dry.  It also helps against fraying of the string.  You should wax your bow string fairly often and really work it in so that it can penetrate into the strands of the bow string.

    2.Use a String Loop

    A string loop mainly helps against destroying your serving, which in turn will destroy your bow string.  A string loop is a small piece of cord that is tied to the bow string around where the arrow nock is attached.  The release is then placed on the loop instead of the bow string serving which greatly reduces the damage to the serving.

    3.Don’t Dry fire your Bow

    The fastest way to destroy your bow string is to dry fire your bow.  The act of dry firing a bow is basically just drawing and releasing the bow string without an arrow.  Dry firing a bow in most cases will snap your bow string, possibly your cables and has a good chance of cracking your bow limbs.  This is obviously a very costly mistake and one that should be avoided at all costs.

    4.Store your Bow away from Sharp objects

    A lot of  archers store their bows in hard cases along with a lot of their bow accessories and other items that they use while out on a course, or in the field.  It is important that if you are going to do this that you store any sharp objects such as tools or broadheads in hard plastic containers or separate from your bow altogether.  It is common for items to move around and become entangled with your bow string, this could cause cutting, scraping or creasing of your bow string which will reduce its life.

    5.Clean the Cams and Wheels

    If you are a bowhunter or you shoot competitively on a course where there are trees and shrubs all around it is important that you check your bow over for any twigs, small stones, dirt or other debris that could have found its way into the cam or wheel tract where the string lies.  This debris can over time wear down your bow string and can cause it to snap or wear out long before it should.

    Your bow string can last you a good long time if you are willing to take care of it, and take the necessary precautions to ensure that it does not become damaged through carelessness.

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    Bow and Arrow – The complete Guide

    The bow and arrow has been used for millenia as a weapon of war, hunting and sport.  The bow and arrow consists of basically as the name states a bow and arrows.  The bow which is the projectile launching weapon is often made of wood, aluminum, carbon fiber or a mixture of these components and is available in different types as listed below.

    Traditional Bow

    This type of bow is usually made of wood and consists of different layers that make up the bow riser (middle part) and the limbs.  This type of bow is more along the lines of what was used all throughout history.


    The crossbow is usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber. This type of bow is similar in style to a gun as it has a stock and a trigger.  Crossbows are basically just a traditional bow built to shoot like a gun (although does not have the power of a gun).

    Compound Bow

    The Compound Bow is newer style of bow that features cams, and/or wheels on the limbs.  This allows for greater arrow speeds, smoother draw cycles, and the possibility of let off making it easier to keep the bow at full draw for a longer period of time.  Compound Bows are usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and allows for additions of many types of accessories.

    Arrows are the second part of the bow and arrow combo.  The arrows are the actual projectiles and while they used to be made of wood, these days they are more commonly made of carbon or aluminum.  This allows for greater accuracy, durability, and ability to customize with different arrow heads.

    The 2 main uses for bow and arrows today are for hunting and sport. In general bows are pretty universal and can be used for both hunting and sport, however like any other sport there are companies that tailor compound and traditional type bows specifically for sport/competition.  These specific bows are usually lighter and more accurate.

    Bow and Arrows can range widely in price anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars.  The price of a bow and arrow is dependent on factors such as the company name, materials used, popularity, and quality of the bow.  It is important to be said that Archery is an expensive sport to get into however once you have the equipment it is not very expensive to maintain and upkeep your equipment.  The key to getting a quality bow and arrow for a decent price is to shop around and do your research.

    With most bow and arrows today there is a need for certain accessories that will help to make it easier to shoot.  These accessories include the following components:


    Bow sights are often made of plastic or metal, and include metal or fiber optic pins that help you to be able to accurately aim at your targets, instead of eying it up like traditional archers used to have to do.


    Bow rests come is all different types, shapes, sizes and materials and helps to support your arrow.  It used to be that the arrow would rest on the shelf however, the arrow often tends to move and travel side to side which can cause very inaccurate shots.  Bow rests however help to curb that behavior and allow for more accurate shots and less arrow movement.


    A bow release is a mechanical accessory that grabs onto the string or string loop and assists you in pulling back the bow string so that you do not have to use your fingers.  This is a great help as with a lot of bows today you are pulling 50 to 70 lbs and this can really work to damage the joints in your fingers.

    Vibration Dampners

    When any bow is shot there is always vibrations from the string that can often be thrown into the bow riser and can be felt in your hand.  This can be virtually removed with the use of vibration dampners.

    Where to get a bow and arrow?

    Bow and Arrows can be bought many places including Ebay, Kijiji, pawn shops, classifieds and many other 2nd hand type places.  However these places offer as is equipment that may not even fit you properly or work properly.  If you are new to the sport and don’t know what to look for it will be worth your while to go to an archery shop.  These shops have experienced archers that can help educate you and get you archery equipment that fits you at a good price.

    Archery is a very challenging but fun sport that can be enjoyed by everybody in the family. For this reason The bow and arrow is quickly gaining in popularity and will continue to do so.  So I encourage you to get out there get yourself a bow and arrows and start enjoying the great sport of archery.

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    An Introduction to The Sport of Archery

    Bows come in all shapes, sizes and colors but they all work on the same principle of potential and kinetic energy. When the bow is drawn the limbs are pulled inward creating energy that is stored in the limbs of the bow as potential energy. When the string is released the stored energy from the limbs are transferred to the arrow in the form of kinetic energy.

    The compound bow is one of the most popular bows that archers use this is because it offers more accuracy, speed and distance than other bows. The compound bow also offers something called let off. This is where at full draw the weight that is needed to draw the bow is dropped by 60%-80% so the archer can hold the string back without having to fight a great amount of weight

    The crossbow comes in as a close second to the compound bow for popularity. The crossbow is actually very close to a gun without the fire power. A crossbow takes the least amount of skill to operate as the string can be pulled back and locked into position and then fired using a trigger when the time arises. Crossbows because they have smaller limbs usually have a draw weight of 150+ pounds. This is a perfect transition bow for the avid gun hunter.

    In today’s archery world speed is a huge marketing topic for a bow, the speed of any given bow is called the IBO speed. This is calculated by using a 350grain arrow at 60lb draw weight and a 30inch draw length. The speed of a bow is greatly affected by these three issues (draw weight, draw length, weight of the arrow).

    Two common ways to shoot a bow are with what is called a release and fingers. Shooting with a release makes drawing a bow fairly simple because it puts less stress on your finger joints as well as providing a smooth release that will undoubtedly increasing the accuracy of the arrow.

    Shooting fingers is tougher in that your fingers are holding the weight of the drawn string and when the string is released from your fingers it tends to rotate the string around causing a loss of accuracy.

    When it comes to shooting a bow there are a couple of things you have to watch for so as to avoid serious injury.

    1. Before shooting an arrow you must make sure to look it over for any potential cracks or splinters that may be in the shaft. Shooting an arrow with a crack or splintered area could end up shattering into a million pieces and more often than not end up embedding themselves into your arm.

    2. Never under ANY circumstances shoot a bow which does not have an arrow loaded into it. Doing this will most definitely crack the limbs causing the bow to potentially shoot pieces of bow back in your face. Even if in the event that you’re lucky enough not to get injured your bow will be rendered useless.

    3. When shooting in wooded areas make sure that branches and twigs don’t get under the string. If this happens when the string is released and wraps back around the cam if there is a branch under the string it could get caught and cause the string to fall off the cam track.

    4. Not all arrows are compatible with your bow, if you shoot an arrow that is not stiff enough then when the arrow is shot it will bend too much and the arrow could shatter causing bodily harm.

    5. Never under any circumstance shoot straight into the air. You never know where the wind will take it or will it will land and you could seriously injure somebody.

    Today there are two main types of shooting in the sport of archery and those are competitive shooting and hunting.

    With competitive shooting the archers goal is to shoot arrows at a given target aiming at the bull’s-eye of the target or as close as possible so as to beat the other competitors. In competitions accuracy is everything, even being off on your shot by a quarter inch could be disastrous, due to this the equipment needed for this type of shooting has to be very precise and accurate and therefore the price of competition shooting equipment is a little more than hunting.

    Hunting has been around since the dawn of time and simply involves the archer shooting at animals for the purpose of food This type of archery needs less accurate equipment than target shooting as the as you are not trying to shoot for quarter sized bullseys.

    Aside from the accuracy difference of the equipment hunting also requires the use of broadheads which are razor sharp blades the screw on to the front of the arrow. The reason for this is because the biggest goal when hunting is taking the animal down as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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