Before you head out into the woods with your bow and arrow, there are a few things that you must know. Wear the appropriate clothing and footwear, keep your hands adequately lengthed, and use a backstop. After you learn these safety tips, you will have no problem making the most of your time in the woods! Read on to learn more about these important safety tips!
Archery requires appropriate clothing. Open-toe shoes, flip-flops, and high heels are not permitted. Likewise, avoid wearing jewelry, as it can tangle with the bowstring. Also, be sure not to wear jewelry covering the face, as it may interfere with the arrow’s movement. This article covers proper bow and arrow attire for both target and traditional archery. This article is part one of a two-part series.
Apparel and footwear: While there are some differences between field and target events, most of the rules are the same. For field events, you may wear jeans or other casual clothing. You should avoid wearing camouflage-printed bows, but you can wear camo-printed clothing. Additionally, you should wear a hat or cap while shooting to prevent glare from sunlight. Lastly, make sure that you do not wear oversized clothing.
Keeping your bow aimed towards the ground
When nocking, you should keep your bow pointed towards the ground. When you’re not using your bow for nocking, keep it aimed away from you, not towards anyone. Similarly, aiming the arrow upwards will only cause a hazard if someone stands near you. You should wear an armed guard and never point your bow or arrow at others.
During a hunt, if you don’t have a laser rangefinder, use a laser rangefinder to help you aim. When bow hunting, you should face your target at 45 degrees. This way, you can easily see elk without turning your head or moving your feet. When shooting, most archers will raise their bow towards their target to see elk better from above the sights. However, others will drop it toward the target while swinging in from different directions. Training your bow to face your target is essential regardless of your style.
After bowing, you should grip the arrow properly with your fingers. You should feel a satisfying catch when you connect it to the bowstring. The indicator may not stay on the string when you do not hear the sound of the lock clicking into the series. A wayward hand could result in dry fire or an errant arrow.
Using arrows that are the proper length for you
When you use a bow and arrow to hunt, the most critical component of your equipment is the corresponding limbs. While beginner hunters often use lightweight hands, experienced archers want to use heavier arrows to penetrate broadheads. However, finding the perfect balance can be difficult. To help you make the best decision, here are some tips.
The length of your arrow is measured from the deepest nock groove to the end of the shaft. It does not include the size of field points. The weight of your hand should be around 5-6 grains per pound of draw weight. For instance, if you are 60 pounds of draw weight, you need an arrow with a weight between 300 grains and 360 grains.
The length of your arrows is another critical component of your equipment. Not all hands are created equal, and different bows are designed for specific draw lengths. It would help to choose the right arrow for your draw length to get the best results. You should also consider the type of arrow for the occasion, such as target practice or hunting.
Remember that the spine of an arrow has varying degrees of stiffness. As the spine decreases, the hand will be less forgiving. Likewise, indicators that are too stiff will collapse when shot, which will amplify tuning problems. Always look at the spine chart when choosing an arrow to ensure you get the proper length.
Using a backstop
You are using a backstop to be safe, while archery is essential to help prevent losses of arrows and improve your shooting skills. A backstop is also helpful to prevent the hand from being launched into the air. You can purchase backstops at a local archery store or buy them online. Backstops help keep the arrows from moving and make a clean collection easier. Using a backstop at an archery range is especially important as other archers may be practicing in the area. Make sure that no one is on your path or in the way of your shot. A range master should tell you when it is safe to shoot and when it isn’t.
The backstop material can vary in shape and size. You can also use hay bales, which are inexpensive and readily available. However, hay bales are not as durable and must be rearranged periodically. A foam play mat or floor mat also works well as a backstop. For extra protection, you can also use an arrow puller to remove the arrows from the stop. A backstop will help you avoid losing your hands and improve your accuracy.
Using a backstop will protect you from unnecessary injuries. It prevents the errant arrow from traveling beyond the target. Additionally, it helps you collect fired hands faster. Injuries at archery ranges happen when archers spend too much time looking for arrows. You won’t have to worry about them and your targets using a backstop.
Using safety equipment
Safety equipment is vital whether you are new to archery or a seasoned professional. While shooting, your arm can become injured if the string gets caught and the arrow hits the inside part of your arm. Whipping the line can leave bruising and scars for hours or even days. A good bowstring guard will keep you from experiencing either of these unpleasant outcomes. Even more importantly, wearing a bowstring protector will prevent you from accidentally shooting the arrow.
Before starting any archery activity, survey the environment. Make sure to know the laws and regulations regarding hunting. If there are any, you need to abide by them. Regardless of where you shoot, it would help if you never shot an arrow that is too far away. If the hand does go too far, immediately tell your instructor or student so they can make sure it is not reshot. If you have a partner, agree on when to retrieve the arrows.
Always inspect your equipment before you shoot. It’s not uncommon for kids to accidentally release the arrow if it doesn’t go far. If you suspect a nock is faulty, replace it. A good tip for shooting with a bow and arrow is to aim downrange – that is, in the direction of the target. Remember that the hand should be aimed downrange if you want to avoid getting hurt while you shoot.
Keeping your arrows in the quiver
Keep your arrows in the quiver when you’re not using them. If you use a bow and arrow for hunting or practice, you’ll want to keep them in their quivers. However, if you don’t have a quiver, you can make one using a PVC pipe:
- Cut it to the desired length.
- Use a PVC cap to close each end.
- Place your arrows in the quiver or on top of the target stand.
Your quiver has several advantages:
- It protects your arrows from the elements.
- Retrieving and nocking hands from a ground quiver is easier.
- A ground quiver is a portable alternative to a full-sized quiver.
- It’s made of more durable materials.
It’s also more convenient than a backpack.
A quiver is a primary method of carrying arrows during archery. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be attached to a bow or the shooter’s body. Quivers were initially made of leather and other natural materials, but modern versions are made of wood and plastic. Some quivers are designed to carry specific arrows, while others are made for all sorts of hands.
In addition to keeping your arrows in the quiver, hip quivers are also convenient, as they hold a shooter’s arrows handy and close to their body. Many target archers use hip quivers instead of permanently mounting their bow and arrow quivers. Even camo versions of hip quivers are attached to the user’s belt.