Archery is a skill that has been used to provide food, wage war, and provide simple competition between individuals since prehistoric times. For a time, interest in archery waned to the point the art nearly died out. That changed in the early part of the twentieth century when archery was added back into the Olympic Games and many states began to offer special hunting seasons where archery tackle was the only legal means to take certain big game species. Here are a few archery tips for the beginner that could add to one's enjoyment of the sport.
Start out slowly. Bows are available in a wide range of draw weights and lengths. Choose a bow that you can pull comfortably and whose draw length is right for you. Choosing a bow that you cannot pull or one that has too long a draw for the length of your arms will certainly keep you from enjoying the sport to its fullest.
As you become stronger, you can upgrade your bow to one with a heavier draw. It is a good idea to do so as you progress in the sport and become more proficient. It may be a good idea to try bows of different types, the longbow, recurve, composite recurve, and compound bows each have their own advantages and attributes.
Take care to choose your arrows of a length to match the draw length of your bow. Arrows come in an assortment of lengths designed to accommodate the fact that some bows have a longer or short draw than others. Arrows that are too long will not fly properly and arrows that are too short will not allow you to draw the bow to its full length. This can cause you to either lose part of the power in the bow, or to not be able to take advantage of the let off quality of compound bows.
We hope that you will apply these tips to your approach to archery. Doing so will greatly improve your enjoyment of the sport.
Practice every day. It may sound cliche, but the importance of practice when using archery equipment can not be overstated. People who hunt with archery tackle during one season of the year and ignore their equipment the rest of the year are not very proficient or safe hunters. Of course if competition is your goal where a target is all you will be firing at, you will want to be the best shot possible. This takes massive amounts of practice to perfect one's form and aim.
Spend money on some safety equipment and mechanical aids. A special glove that only covers back to the first knuckle on the three fingers used to draw the bow string and a leather wrist guard on the other arm can prevent some very serious injuries caused by the bow string as it is pulled and released. Many hunters also prefer to use a mechanical aid to draw the string. These devices are a sort of handle that attaches to the string and is released by pulling a trigger inside it.
Spend some time caring for your archery equipment. Keep your bowstrings dry at all times and wipe any moisture off the bow after use. If you use a recurve bow, unstring it when not in use to release the tension off the bow and string to prevent stretching. Always check the limbs of the bow for signs of damage and cracks. A Serious injury could occur if the bow breaks when you draw the string.