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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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    Archery Accident Lessons- Carbon Arrow Shattering During Shot

    This topic has been talked about before but because of the seriousness and decent potential possibility of this issue happening I would like to re-post an article on the dangers of not properly checking your carbon arrows before shooting them. This article is not meant to scare you simply to bring awareness to a danger you can avoid.

    Carbon arrows are made from strands of carbon fibers and therefore have the possibility of sharttering if the arrow structure is compromised and the arrow is shot from a bow. The video below gives you an idea of how much stress the arrow receives when shot from a bow.

    One of the most important things to remember when shooting carbon arrows is that they need to be checked frequently for fractures, splintered areas, gouges and other possible structural compromises.  Too many archers and bowhunters alike simply pick up their arrows, or pull them from the target, place them in their quiver and continue withrout checking their arrows.

    Below are 2 videos the first depicting an arrow shattering during a shot and then second showing what can happen if the arrow shatters during your shot.  The second video is very graphic and if you are easily offended by graphic content don’t watch the second video, the front picture of it will give you a good enough idea of what can happen.

    The above video depicts only one scenario of what could happen if your arrow shatters. There are other scenarios can include the arrow hitting you in the face, your bow string breaking and causing your limbs to shatter and the arrow breaking being deflected and the tip hitting another part of your body.

    Aside from frequent random checks of your arrow which include bending and flexing the arrow to see any potential splintered areas or stress cracks there are a few situations in which you will want to check the arrow right after shooting it.  These situations include:

    - Arrow hitting the ground.
    - Hitting a tree or other hard object.
    - Any kind of deflection shot.
    - After shooting an animal.
    - If arrow is accidentally stepped on or flexed improperly.
    - Taking them out of storage

    These situations are just a few of the most likely situations however any situation where the arrow receives a greater unatural amount of stress than they were made for they should be given the flex and bend test and carefully looked over for any kind of structural compromise.

    Checking your arrows only takes a minute or tw0 and can most save you from getting badly hurt.  Let’s do what we can to keep safe and have a great hunting season.

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    Bow Safety – Things You Should Avoid at All Costs

    Archery is a fun and addictive sport, that is enjoyed by countless people. What some people tend to forget however is that while archery is fun it can be deadly as well if you’re not careful and keep safety in mind.

    Every year there are people injured from being careless or just not knowing about the “do not’s” of shooting a bow. This article will provide you with the knowledge you need in order to keep yourself from getting injured or injuring somebody else.

    -A lot of people when they draw their bows back aim it way up in the air in order to make it easier for them to draw it. You tend to see this with a lot of beginners or especially individuals trying to pull too much weight. The problem with drawing the bow in this way is that the release that you use is mechanical and they have been known to let go randomly.

    This means that if you’re in the middle of drawing your bow and your release misfires, your arrow is going to be launched off into the sky where there is no telling what and where it is going to hit when it comes down.

    -This next point happens all the time and is one of the biggest causes of bow damage. It is very important that you NEVER NEVER dry fire (shoot a bow without an arrow loaded in it) a bow. When a bow is shot without the arrow, the limbs and axles/cams are thrown back much more violently and with a lot more force often causing damage such as cracked limbs, bent cams/axles, broken strings and cables, and more seriously potential broken parts that could come back and hit you.

    -As I have stated before bows are not toys, they can cause serious injury and even death. That being re-stated, you should always be sure of your target as well as its ability to stop your arrow, before you fire your bow. This is especially true for hunters when in the early morning or late evening. If you are even a little uncertain as to your target DO NOT shoot, you can end up creating more problems for yourself than is necessary.

    -When drawing back your bow, it is good to remember that releases are mechanical devices that could fail at anytime and without warning. It is because of this that you do not want to draw your bow back at face level as well as have your finger in front of the trigger.

    The reason being that if you’re pulling 50-60lbs and your release lets go, your hand and release are going to sky rocket back into your face. This is not a very pleasant experience at all, and has been known to even knock people out cold. Keeping your hand behind and pressed up against the back of the trigger can help reduce the chances of mis-firing.

    -Although arrows are expensive,it is never a good idea to shoot an arrow that is damaged, no matter how insignificant the damage may look. When an arrow is shot out of a bow it has a huge amount of stress on it, and it bends back and forth.

    If there are stress cracks, or splinters, or any other kind of structural damage to the arrow shaft, upon firing the arrow shaft could shatter and send hundreds of pieces of carbon fiber sailing into your arms and hands.

    It is important to keep these warnings in mind each and every time you shoot your bow. Keeping these warnings in mind will help to ensure the safety of not only yourself but of the others around you as well.

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    Tree Stand Safety – Don’t let This Hunting Season be your Last

    Tree stands are a very useful invention that has helped archers all over get more animals, however; every year there are 1000’s of people hurt and even some killed while using a tree stand. This is an ever growing issue as people buy tree stands and fail to get familiar with it or read the instructions on how to use them. So to help make sure that you greatly reduce your chances of getting hurt or worse, here are some safety precautions to keep in mind that will help keep you safe.

    There are many different tree stand company’s and a wide range of tree stand designs. It is not advised to buy a second hand tree stand off of somebody without first checking it over. Make sure you check it for any damage or excessive wear. Check for cracks or bends that do not belong there. If you’re looking for information as to how different tree stands perform there is a wealth of information on hunting forums or other hunting websites. Almost all manufacturers will be more and glad to answer any questions you may have about their stands.

    READ THE INSTRUCTIONS

    As men most of us know very little of the term Instructions. For most of us when we get new things the first thing we do is take out the product and throw the rest away. Well for those of us who are guilty of that, in this case reading that piece of paper or booklet called the instructions could keep you from spending hours in the hospital or save your life.

    The first thing you should do after purchasing a new tree stand is to read the instructions till you fully have an understanding of them. If you know someone that uses that same stand have them help you familiarize yourself with the new tree stand.

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREE

    choosing the right tree to hang a tree stand is just as important as knowing how to use the stand properly. The ideal trees to look for have strong, straight trunks, with no dead tops or limbs that could fall and injure a hunter from the wind. Trees with medium-rough bark such as oaks hold stands very well. Rough bark trees such as hickory, or smooth bark like birch trees can cause the stands to slip. Your tree stand should be put at a height of 12 to 18 feet as this is adequate for most hunting scenarios.

    BE AWARE OF YOUR FOOTING:

    You should always make sure the steps or ladder leading to the stand itself are free of snow and ice. Ladders and steps can usually be cleaned off by a gloved hand. The steps or rungs of the ladder should be coated with some no slip tape to provide you with a better and safer surface to work with. The floor of the tree stand should also be clear of snow and ice to ensure a proper footing(it wouldn’t hurt to put non slip tape on it as well).

    SAFETY BELT/HARNESS

    Basically put hunting without a safety belt and harness is just asking for trouble , you may get lucky a few times but you will end up getting hurt. Safety Belts and Harnesses are NOT an option for tree stand hunters they are a NECESSITY. Many stands come new with belts and harnesses supplied in the box that the tree stand comes in.

    Today’s belts and harnesses come in a variety of designs in order to fit your hunting style and preference. You need to read the instructions that are included with your safety harnesses/belts and be familiar with the proper use of each of them. I can tell you right now that 18 feet in the air is no place to learn how to use them.

    When buying your tree stand be sure to look for the Tree stand Manufacturers Association sticker. Always familiarize yourself with your new tree stand at ground level before using it out in the woods. Always learn what your new tree stands strengths and limitations are.

    If you can, always try to use a full body harness. If you must use a safety belt make sure it is strapped right at your underarms and not your waist. The attachment of your belt or harness around the tree should be above you and around the main trunk of the tree. There is no need to have to have the belt/harness so tight that you can’t move, make sure that there is enough slack to allow you to move easily and yet not too much to be unsafe.

    When installing ladder stands, or even using a ladder make sure that it is on level ground and that the ladder/stands are safely tied to the trunk of the tree to prevent them from shifting or falling over.

    ALWAYS use a safety restraint while putting up your tree stand. They make the job a whole lot easier and safer. You will also want to inspect both the stands and safety gear before each use for flaws and damage that could have occurred.

    Always use a rope to hoist and lower your bow and equipment up to stand once you are settled in and ready this will leave you with both hands for climbing and will cut down on the chance of you hurting yourself with your weapon. Never modify a commercially made stand or safety device. It was designed that way because it produces the optimal performance.

    All in all this is nothing more than common sense, even though today its not very common but if you use it it will make your hunting trip and experience a lot safer and enjoyable.

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