5 Essential Life Skills Archery Teaches Us

 

Archery is so much more than bows and arrows. It is what helps us get through our day. From being able to accomplish a goal, strive for that perfect group, or finally getting that prized trophy you’ve been looking forward to all season. Life teaches us quite a lot, but it is archery that helps give direction in our lives. Here are five life skills that you may, or may not, have realized your favorite sport gives you to succeed in life.

 

  1. Determination

 

 

It might sound cheesy but it’s true. Many archers find themselves striving for that one last shot at perfection before going home each day. We develop this passion over time for the sport and it becomes so ingrained that it spills into other areas of our lives; in school, finding a job, proposing a plan, coaching a team, and so on. As it is with archery, you want to strive for excellence in all that you do. Applying that determination to multiple aspects of one’s life can greatly increase the chance for success.

 

  1. Time management

 

Simple, yet very necessary for today’s fast paced world. As with a lot of sports, you understand that your practice time is precious. You want to spend it wisely and have enough time for it. So what does that lead to? Making sure everything else in your life is, to a degree, planned out. You can only get better at archery through practice, but this is also true for other things in life. Like planning a speech for a class, or getting a presentation ready for work. All having to deal with time management. Who knew archery could be so helpful, right?

 

  1. Problem solving skills

 

Remember that time when you had to spend a few hours re-tuning your bow? Or maybe even figuring out how to get your bow working after travelling to a tournament and TSA seemed to break an important piece of your equipment?  You had to think your way around the problem. Tinkering, if you will, with the possibilities of what could work or not work. The same is applied to other areas in life. Since archery has very specific problems that are associated with it, one can make even the most difficult of problems become easier with “out of the box” thinking from having to deal with archery problems. 

 

  1. Patience

 

Some of you might be thinking, “well I certainly am not as patient with shooting a bow as some people.” And I will agree with you. It’s ok to not have the greatest patience in the world. No one is perfect. But that is exactly what is happening when you practice archery. Everyone learns that they are not perfect. Some might take a little longer than others to figure out this revelation, but nevertheless it happens. After which, a new change starts to emerge. Patience brings about the willingness to improve, ask questions, trust, and wanting to help others succeed too. As much as people would not like to admit it, this is the key to help others become aware of… others. To help think about, and care, what others are doing in life. To live is to share in the struggles and triumphs with one another.  One of the biggest attributes to being a part of this world. That’s right, we got pretty deep there. But it’s true.

 

  1. Attention to detail/multitasking

 

Lastly, archery brings us the ability to look at the details. Since there are so many thoughts going on in our minds at the peak of the shot process, this is something that can’t be overlooked. Not many sports or activities can provide the same amount of information flow and detail orientation that archery can. You can have 10 things going on at once inside your head and they all have to do with the one action that you are about to take. Shooting an arrow.  This can lead to us being able to multitask in several different environments. Some people have to make a checklist for the day’s duties. However, sometimes your archery brain can take over and give you a sense of direction for the day without having the need to write it down. It’s like having a brand new super power!

 

So whichever your case may be, let it be known that archery can have a seriously helpful influence in your average day to day activities. Strive for perfection, but also know that archery is fun too. So no matter what bow you are shooting, remember that you are ingraining new skills for all parts of life.

Best Practices You Must Follow in Order to Ensure Your Safety in Archery

 

Safety is the most crucial element that should be looked at while practicing a sport and Archery is no exception. You never know when the arrow hits you and it will be too late for an archer to apologize. To ensure safety, the archer must be very careful, where they are hitting and at which direction they are targeting the bow and arrow. Most importantly, they must be careful and check before targeting if somebody is crossing by their lane.

 

1) Age group

Keeping the safety factors in mind, children below the age group of 16 must be escorted by an adult. Young children or amateurs may get injured, by running here and there, by not watching out, where the archer is targeting.

 

2) No Alcohol

Alcohol is strictly banned for all age groups as it is the main source of damage and could lead to a major injury by an archer, not being at his/her mental state.

 

3) Archer must be attentive

An archer must be attentive enough while shooting the target and should be aware of the direction of his bow and arrow. They must be aware where they are shooting and not end up shooting on other lanes or distracting other archers. Fights and quarrels should be avoided at all costs especially when the archer is practicing. It would cause a lot of damage to them and they will be banned from entering the premises.

 

4) Archery range work force

Archery range authority has been giving instructions to deny service to anyone who goes against any rule made by the organisation. As for any damage that occurs on the field, the workforce will be held responsible for letting the damage happen to the injured person. Further, archer won’t be allowed to practice again on that range.

 

5) Listen to the instructions carefully

Before starting archery, there is always an instructor, who is instructing archers of what to do and what not in order to avoid any injuries and for safe play. If an archer is intelligent enough, he or she must be attentive so that they can enjoy the game comfortably without injuring themselves.

 

6) While pulling arrows

While pulling the arrows out of the target stand on one side and before pulling it ensure that nobody is standing directly at the back. Also, make sure, you don't target arrow towards the sky, as you never know, towards which direction will it fall & it may end up hurting somebody.

 

Keep these factors in mind in order to ensure that you are safe in Archery. It might sound like a simple game of bow and arrow, but you never know what happens next. Archery undoubtedly is one of the safe games, and by following these best practices you can boost your safety manifold.

Factors That You Must Consider When Buying a Bow

Buying a bow and arrow is no child’s play. You need to have proper info about the concerned aspects before making the right choice in order to excel in Archery.

A few points that you need to consider when buying a bow include:

  • The size of the bow: how big or small should it be?
  • How do you shoot? Whether, you shoot with your right or left hand?
  • The draw-length
  • The draw-weight: Assuming that beginners generally choose to go for recurve bows, for a lady 24 to 28 lb is suggested as a suitable draw weight. However, for men archers, recurve bow weight of 28 to 32lb is highly recommended. 

How to Select a Proper Bow?

Selecting a bow of a bearable weight is recommended in Archery, as mentioned above. A comfortable bow will allow you to shoot at the target comfortably and at a good distance. It will also allow you to sustain a good posture, which is also known as a Form.

 

On the other hand, selecting a very heavy bow can lead to ruining your body structure. Since you would get involved in intense training sessions, wrong bow weight can interfere with your health, making the circumstances difficult.

 

Many bows come with flexible weight. In such bows, the draw weight can be adjusted upwards from the rated weight by about 10%. And therefore, 30 pounds at limbs can be tailored to around 32 pounds.  You may need to purchase a new set of limbs if you decide upon increasing your draw weight, even when you are playing with tailored limbs. Also, keep in mind, the weight mentioned above are the weights, to be carried on your fingers at full draw. The actual weight is dependent upon, how far you're able to draw the bow.

 

Bows and arrows are said to be measured with AMO requirements and are related to the weight of the draw. The draw weight recommended for the beginners bow, used with the suggested aluminum arrow would just permit the person to shoot 80 yards or for that matter, for a lady to shoot about 60 yards.

 

It's recommended, that the bow size should be chosen as per the user's draw length, but on the other hand, the draw length is largely dependent on the height of the person as well. And thus, you can achieve a particular bow length by trying out the different combinations of limbs and handle. You can choose to have a smoother draw sensation by going for longer limbs and shorter handle. But this will then interfere with the arrow’s speed. Similarly, the longer handle and shorter limbs would provide you with faster speed.

 

Consult with your coach properly before you pick up the bow and arrow for archery. Bow and arrow are the basic equipment of the game, and it is very necessary that you choose them properly.

Exploring Turkeys and How to Aim Properly at Them

Is wild turkey your forte? Well, look no further. From this video, we will point out some of the most crucial parts of how to take aim and size up a turkey. See how you compare to what the pros are doing and how you can up your game for your next hunt!

 

  1. Anatomy can be misleading

Strutting and puffing up can lead to some problems when trying to pick the right spot to aim. Just remember, “you will want to aim high, staying away from back feather and chest feathers.” As those are the two areas that tend to make the bird appear larger than he actually is. They do a really great job of giving some video play by play of this so you can really understand where and how to aim!

 

 

  1. Bird facing away from you

Now, from someone who personally likes to deer hunt, this wouldn’t have been my first choice to take a shot from. But giving it a chance, it turns out to be very viable. According to the video, since the turkey’s lungs are pushed up against its spine, you can go ahead and aim within the area of the turkey’s spine. About four inches to each side is roughly the area you have horizontally. One good shot into the chest cavity and you’ve got yourself a great bird. The shot will easily snap its spine if it’s hit and cause the turkey to go down.

 

 

  1. The Classic Headshot

We all want to say we have taken the head shot before. You really have to be confident with making this shot however. One quick turn of its head, and you could end up missing. In the video, they remind us that the head is no bigger than the vitals that you are usually aiming at anyway. So in all fairness, you still have as good a chance to hit it if you’re confident in your skills for its vitals area.

 

 

The video can be watched here. It is well put together and can follow along very easily. I hope you all have good dreams of your next wild turkey hunt!

Why You Should Get Your Kids Started In Archery?

 

Archery is a great game for kids. Archery teaches kids to be alert, position right and help them realize the importance of safety. If you too are making up your mind to involve your kids in this great sport, we highly recommend you to buy a bow and arrow for them today. Here is why!

 

Teaches them to stay disciplined

Beginners are usually told to respond to the command of the whistle. Children are trained to move to the shooting stage, after the second whistle. Usually in a smaller age group, children are allocated into groups depending on the number they are so that the sport is more enjoyable. This allows them to shoot individually and with proper safety.

 

Teaches them to be systematic and organized



Kids are made to stand in the waiting line, as each step of the shooting is provoked by a command given by the instructor. After each archer has shot their bow and arrows on the target and the range is clear, archers must keep their equipment aside. There are three whistles blown to give the command to archers. The first indicates the shooting can begin in a sequence of steps. The second is to signal them to proceed to the shooting line and the third as mentioned above permits archer to keep their equipment aside. After the third whistle is blown, the archer is supposed to automatically move to the target line and score his arrows.

 

Teaches them the importance of correct position

Right-hand archer is supposed to hold the bow, with the left hand. So, with the left side towards the target, the child is made to stand at the right angle to the target. Child must keep the tips of the toes against an imaginary line pointing towards the center of the target. The child is made to stand straight with shoulders down. This is done to help them balance their body weight so that the shoulders are directly towards the target. 

 

One of the safe sports

Archery is considered as an important sport for children as it teaches them how unsafe habits can injure themselves and provides them knowledge on how important safety is. On the other hand, it is proven that Target Archery is one of the safest sports for children because the strictness involved teaches the children to be safe while enjoying the game.

For that matter of fact, even for parents when they make their children join this sport, and they watch an Archery class being conducted, they themselves feel safe in making their children join. Archery teaches a skill which is safe for kids, even to practice every day. It is considered as a safe sport. The range or the field where it is played has been designed, keeping the safety in mind, which is most beneficial for children. 

However, before enrolling your kid into one of the archery courses, make sure that the kids are being trained under the effective supervision of trained and qualified teachers. Further, teachers/instructors should be vigilant enough to monitor each student individually and provide individual feedback to them.

Buy for your kids a right set of bow and arrows and get them started!

 

How to Avoid Archery Overtraining Injuries

Archery is one of the safest sports around. However, overtraining injuries can at times prove to be a spoiler. This is why you need to check out the 4 ways listed down below, that will help you prevent archery overtraining injuries.

  • Get the right equipment

Bow and arrows are the essential equipment you need to get started with Archery. But, it is not just about picking a random archery bow and arrows. Beginners need to be more careful and aware, as holding the wrong equipment could land them into trouble. For example, when you are choosing a bow, you need to find one, whose weight is suitable for your body, so that you're able to hit at least 20 shots in a row while you are practicing. The reason is, if your bow is too heavy, then you are bound to face issues drawing it, which if continued, is bound to lead to a serious injury.

  • Limber up

 It is highly recommended to perform some short warming up workouts, before going for a full-fledged practice session using your bow and arrows. It is very important to understand the concept of warm-up. If you don’t warm-up prior to the game, then your muscles are by default cold and by suddenly putting them through vigorous conditions, you will attract injuries to your spine, shoulder joint, back, etc. Here finding a regime which includes some stretching is sure to help you, as it loosens the muscles and prepares them for the practice session. Moreover, a good sportsperson is the one, who knows when to take a break, as cooling down is equally important. Therefore, take breaks in between your practice session.

  • Spice it up with cross training

 It goes without saying; archery is a sport, which focus much more on our upper body. But in order to stay healthy and perform well, you need to take care of every muscle in your body. Therefore, you need to find different training routines to make sure that every part of your body is in good shape. This is the reason why you should incorporate exercises like swimming, running, yoga as well as a few cardio exercises to prevent injuries to the less used muscles and keep the whole body in good health & shape.

  • Be Easy

The most important element is to go easy with yourself. People often suffer from archery injuries because of their own action. This is something which is more common for beginners, who might unknowingly push themselves too far. You need to know the strength and capabilities of your own body, know how much you are capable of pushing yourself. Learning the proper technique is key to physical strength. Moreover, if you are not applying the right technique and are putting unnecessary pressure on your body, then you are sure to get serious injuries.

Feel confident and give the most out of your bow and arrows, but make sure you’re not hurting yourself in this process.

Archery Fitness Basics That Every Archer Must Know About

 

Archery is one among those sports which when played properly can help you boost your body's strength and improve your ability to repeat the motions frequently. The best archers have a perfectly fit body. Hence, it is really essential to have a properly balanced workout which incorporates strength training, cardio, and stretching.

Here are a few tips that would help you achieve that perfectly toned body!

  • Muscle magic!

Muscles work wonders in Archery. Almost all good archers have well-toned and strong muscles. If you are shooting a bow for archery, you must be flexible enough and your big muscles must be strong enough. For instance, the lower trapezius is responsible for doing all heavy lifting while drawing the bow for archery. The lattisimus dorsi and your abdominals work on maintaining your stability and ensure that the shoulders are relaxed while you raise the bow. So how do you do that?

To begin with, you must opt for getting yourself a ball for stability. It will not only aid you in offering a good workout but will also make your time of exercise challenging and fun. You can do this with the help of an archery set which will promote your body's stability. This set includes a ball, foam stick, balance disks and other things.

  • Cardio is essential as well!

    Archery is comparatively a stationary game. But this doesn't really mean you can neglect cardio altogether. The fact however is, archers with less resting heart rate perform better than others in the competition. Though you could be a backyard archer or someone who is strictly taking part only in local tournaments, you will likely experience the same excitement and the thrill to hit that bull's eye on the archery’s target.

    If you are training yourself for the family meet which is going to happen in your backyard or for winning the title of a state championship, cardio is something very essential for management of your nerves and to help you in feeling stronger whereas the archers who are less fit will start to experience fatigue. Half an hour of cardio which includes aerobics, swimming jogging or even walking for about 5 days in a week can help you in decreasing your heart rate while the pressure of the sport would be on.

    • Stretch more and more

      Stretching is the key aspect in Archery as you would be substantially pulling and lifting weights to draw string of the bow for archery. Even a compound hunting bow of 20 pounds when drawn back could make you prone to injuries or may cause soreness to say the least. You can begin by buying a stretch band which is also known as therapy bands or stretch tubing which is available in medical stores and archery shops.

      Make use of band which is light weighted and comes with a little resistance. Fasten it at the probable length to which you can draw and use the band for practicing your shots. For extra benefits, shoot using the stretch band by standing in front of your mirror. It will aid you in stretching the muscles and strengthen your techniques for archery.

      5 Big Archery Mistakes in Film and Television

      Television and movies are a main staple of our entertainment now-a-days. In our pursuit of a diversion from everyday life, we look forward to consuming things that take away our cares of the real world. In this search, as archers, we like to watch films and shows that involve archery every so often. We also tend to get a little attached to how we want archery to be portrayed. This entry isn’t as much about bad form as it is filmmakers or directors not being correct with proper archery aspects. Here are five mistakes that were made during film, TV shows and appearances.

       

      1. Pixar’s Brave - Red Carpet Premiere:

      Now this one wasn’t in the movie, per say. This appearance though raised a few voices within the archery community. The photo was taken at Scotland’s Red Carpet premiere of the motion picture. As you can clearly see, the bow in the picture is not quite how it should be strung. Backwards. Sadly this would not fend off any bears for our young heroine.

       

      1. Hawkeye in Thor:

      There are numerous photos of Hawkeye making the most awkward shots in the Avengers films. This one however was before his debut in the main franchise. As a side character in the first Thor movie, Hawkeye takes aim at Thor as he is trying to retrieve his hammer from within the encampment of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a split second, we see that as Hawkeye is taking aim with his compound bow… the arrow is not even sitting on the rest. This was a BIG disappointment to archers everywhere. Knowing that the Marvel sharpshooter wasn’t even aware of his own arrow placement was just a little upsetting.

       

      1. Charlie’s Angels with Lucy Liu:

      This one can easily be overseen in the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Lucy Liu’s character, Alex Munday, needs to make a shot to hit the bad guys. This one is very easily missed by most. As she takes aim at the Helicopter, she doesn’t even pull the bow back all the way. Now since this is a compound, it won’t have the strength to even launch that arrow as far as it needs to go. Surprisingly enough, it hits the mark. Hurray for movie magic!  In the bloopers for this movie, they show that same scene and what the arrow actually does…and it doesn’t even make it out of the bow. As Lucy laughs at how silly her shot is.

       

      1. Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games trilogy:

      To start this one off, we are not critiquing her draw hand placement. Unlike a lot of the angst when most archers see this actress on screen. We understand that she was taught by an Olympic archer so of course she is going to have a different draw style than what is used in most instinctive shooting. The aspect of the photo we are looking at is where the arrow is resting. Can you see it?  That’s right, it isn’t even on top of her hand, or near the bow, at all. It seems to be floating on the side of her hand. I wouldn’t really consider that very consistent or helpful when trying to hit game for the dinner table, let alone trying to defend myself in an arena to the death.

       

      1. Oliver Queen – Arrow TV series:

      Finishing up our list, Oliver has been seen in this recent television series as the highly accurate businessman sharpshooter from the DC universe. However, coming across this shot in one of the episodes in the beginning season we tend to think otherwise of the hero archer. We were first given this idea from the Robin Hood: Men in Tights film. Hilariously watching as Robin Hood shot multiple arrows off of the bow at the same time and being able to hit multiple targets; shooting around corners, hitting multiple spots on a person, etc. Well, taking this into a serious context within the TV show makes this archer a little less believable. As shown from this photo, sadly all three of those arrows would never hit an intended target. Each arrow would need to be kept separate from each other. The way it is set up now, as he released, the arrows would collide with each other. Not even coming close to hitting anyone accurately.

       

      Which TV spots or films are in your top 5 for incorrect use of archery protocol? Even though they may not get it right all the time, at least archery is being noticed by Hollywood.

      Archery Equipment Caring : Preserving And Transporting

      The moment you get your very first bow, you develop an intimate connection with it. Apart from shooting, you must think of how to store it. You will start wondering if you have to unstring the bow after every use or think of how you need to transport it. However, it isn't really complicated when it comes to caring about your bow and arrows. All it requires is a method of storing and a bit of care while transporting it.

      Compound bows usually remain strung and hence, the bow case should accommodate the structure of the strung bow. But recurve bows need to be unstrung once the shooting session is over.

      Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to storage and transportation of bows in archery. Nonetheless, you must never ever leave your bow case in a damp such as a garage, basement or a shed or even in a hot car, no matter what kind of bow case you own. High temperatures and moisture could warp the limbs of the bow and cause permanent damage to it. Hence, you must always plan to store your bow somewhere secure and safe.

      • Backpack Case

        Archery Backpack Streamline 2

        If you use a takedown recurve bow, you would definitely want to have this one! They are great for portability, allowing you to pack the sight, riser, the limbs, the arrow tube and other accessories of yours. These cases are comfortable, durable and light. They are tailor made for transportation through public means. However, these cases can't be checked in airplanes as they do not have enough protection for the bow.

        • Hard Case

          This one is a good option for shooters who wish to make sure that their compound bows and recurve bows and other accessories are protected well. Hard cases are generally made of highly dense plastics which can withstand considerable amounts of stacking and dropping even if other heavy objects are piled upon them.  If you are an archery shooting for recreation, you would not really require a hard case or even if you do, one case would be enough. However, if you plan of competing frequently, you would have to go for a double case which would accommodate both the primary bow as well as the backup bow. The main problem with these cases is their weight, they are very heavy and bulky.

          • Soft Case

            Compound bow case Double 2

            Such cases are commonly made of heavy duty fabrics and come with a foam padding. They are made specifically for compound bows. The shape of the case depends on the style of bow you carry and the materials you wish to store during the travel. Most archers use a telescopic tube or a case to transport arrows and store it with the bow if there is space in the case. If not, the tube is carried separately. The main advantages: they are light and they have plenty of pockets and storage to organise the accessories. But you should not check in a soft case for air travel.

            • Roller Case

            Roller Trolley Case Everest

            We consider this option the best for professional archers who often travel to competitions or hunts around the country. This type of cases is strong enough to protect 1 or 2 bows while travelling by air. It is lighter than a hard plastic case and it is much more versatile. There are lots of pockets and you can even carry some clothing in it.

            Other considerations for storage

            Many hard cases have inserts made of foam. You can cut and shape them to match the structure of your gear, like your sight for instance. But if you go for high quality equipment, you would notice that a few accessories come along with cases of their own. You need to decide if you want extra cases or stuff everything in one single case. 

            Moreover, you would also require space for tackle box which contains nicks, glue, screws, wrenches, serving thread and various other tools which archers have with them. A tiny, nicely packed tackle box could also fit in the case. All in all, when selecting a bow case which you would carry on road trips, you need to ensure that you have enough space to stuff archery equipment of yours.

             

            A Guide To Choosing the Ideal Archery Gear

             

            Archery undoubtedly is a great sport. But, you can only fetch the best out of archery when you have the right archery equipment with you. Fortunately, buying archery equipment is not a tough job. All thanks to a plethora of choices that are available.

            Are you looking for the right gear? We’re here to help!

            • Identify the perfect arrows

             

            Select the right arrows - the ones meeting your purpose. Many people tend to go for aluminum arrows that are perfect for outdoor as well as indoor shooting. Arrows generally flex when they are released out of the bowstring. Hence, ask your coach or dealer to help you in selecting arrows which flex enough and have just the right weight along with the draw length.

            • Choose 'your kind of' bow

             

            Selecting among recurve bows and compound bows is one of the perks of archery that archers enjoy. There is nothing like a right or a wrong choice. Your choice must depend on what you love doing the most. You could also try a longbow for a change. When you get to your local archery shop, you can explore the various types of bows, and choose the one you feel most confident with.

            • Accessorize
            An archer's equipment cannot be completed without the important accessories required. Quiver, finger tab, armguard and release aid are key accessories. These fundamental inclusions are not costly but are very important for your setup. An armguard protects your arm and prevents it from the graze it could suffer by the string of the bow while shooting. For recurve bow archers, the finger tab includes protective leather in between your fingertips and the bowstring. For compound archers, a mechanical release would help in releasing the bowstring better. The hip quiver carries your arrows and is easy to use.
            • Get hold of the sight
            Most archers go with a beginner's sight when choosing their first bow to aid themselves in aiming at the given target and strike it more precisely. A few archers begin with traditional setups, but the sight would help you shoot with better precision using a recurve bow or a compound bow. Many sights provide durability as well as adjustability at user-friendly prices.
            • Time for Personalizing

            This is the most interesting part. You can choose to personalize your archery gears. Bows are generally available in various colors and arrows could be fletched by making use of a variety of feathers or vanes. Archers can also choose the color for their nocks, the plastic parts that are at the end of the arrows which snap onto the bowstring. Quivers, as well as armguards, also come in a variety of colors and styles.

            Once you are pretty serious about archery, you will find out that there are plenty of options for intermediate as well as high-performance bows, sights, accessories and most importantly, arrows. Your first move is to make yourselves comfortable and consistent with your first bow setup. 

             

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