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.