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5 Wonderful Reasons to Share Archery with Your Dad

 

 

Father's Day is a special moment for all the archery families out there. It is a day we celebrate what we share with the man who has always been there for us. Teaching us right from wrong, what the love of shooting our first arrow is like, and how to shoot for the stars and dream of what we can achieve.  Thank you to dads everywhere.

 

  1. Learning Life Lessons

There are times in life where parents get chances to really teach their children what they want them to learn in life. Archery provides some of those lessons between a child and father. To keep striving for your best, to never give up, and that your father is there to guide you every step of the way. He will be there to teach you how to shoot your first arrow, to climb that tree stand even though you’re afraid of heights, and even being there for your first deer in that “great circle of life” talk. Dads are the best at teaching us about life.

 

 

  1. Memories

The times we share with our dads are priceless. From the time we shot our first arrows, maybe totally missing, to our big moments winning championship titles. Your first hunting stalk together, or week long camping trips together. So remember, whether its memories with your children or memories with your own father, make them count.

 

 

  1. Sharing Lingo

Let’s face it, archery has its own language. Talking shop with your dad can be an awesome time. Especially in the middle of a store, restaurant, driving, hunting blind, and everywhere in between. You can finish each other’s sentences, have ideas for what might work for each other’s bow setups, or insist that this scope has more clarity than the other.

 

 

  1. Friendly Competition

Not everyone can say that they are striving for greatness with their archery hobby. But in a way, a dad can offer a sense of competitive love and encouragement. So if you ever find yourself wanting to achieve more, you can always ask your father to help you. They will have a kind and teasing way of doing it too. Perhaps making bets with ice cream for the winner as well as exchanging chores for the loser. All as a fun way to encourage and always strive for your best.

 

 

  1. Unending Support

Dads are always in our corner of the ring for any occasion. Whether you are his proud son or beautiful daughter, a father will always be there to support you. You have dreams of making hunting videos, do it. You have a dream to make it to the Olympic Games, go for it. Dad will always have your back and encourage you to push yourself further than you would have ever imagined.

 

 

 

Dads, we really appreciate all that you have done for us over our lives with you. Thank you for the time to teach us to love archery. We love that we can share it with you too!

 

5 Great Archery Inspired Cakes for Any Occasion

 

We know that a lot of special occasions are on the rise during this time of the year, so let us help with some archery inspired cakes for nearly every occasion. Here are our top 5 picks for awesome archery cakes that everyone can enjoy!

 

  1. Brave

For young girls all around the world of all ages, Disney tends to have a way with inspiring them all. This cake doesn’t do anything less than that for young female archers. The connection between a parent and their child, especially when you share something as special as archery with one another. Do you have a daughter who just loves to shoot? Then this is the perfect birthday cake. It also sets up a great theme for the party!

 

 

  1. Hunting/Camping Cake

This camping cake is perfect for any outdoors adventurist. Complete with animals and Mother Nature herself, anyone would be excited to get out in the woods and feel like you’re really there. Delicious and all of the pieces are edible….except maybe the animals. But then again, the real ones taste better anyway.

 

 

 

  1. Engagement Cakes

They symbolize what brought together the happy couple. In this case, clearly it was archery that captured their hearts. Also complete with a cat….we can’t seem to figure out why cats and archery are linked so often but it is awesome none the less!  The leaves look so perfect that you don’t even want to touch this wonderful looking stump.

 

 

 

  1. Hunger Games

Yes, we said it. It may be a little overdone but anything with a bow, fire, and a willingness to fight the odds is enough for anyone to celebrate with cake! Katniss could have served this to her fellow district fighters and would have won so much faster. Everyone needs some fighting spirit cake! Great for sports teams!

 

 

 

 

  1. Archery cupcakes

Who says you need a full on cake to enjoy the awesomeness of a baked good?! You can then fight over your favorites, whether it be one with a bow or one with arrows in it. Either way, everyone gets their own personal fun-sized mini cake!  Since they are smaller, you might have to go back for a second….third…maybe fourth.

 

 

We can’t wait to try these and hopefully you do to. Whether it is a DIY project to do with the family or order one for a special occasion, archery themed pastries are the coolest thing ever! Feel free to comment below on your favorites! 

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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.

3 Easy Tricks to Eliminate Bowhunting Anxiety

Preparing yourself for that one season that gets your blood pumping, you guessed it, hunting season. I will be telling you three easy ways to help decrease those pesky season jitters for the one shot that can make it or break it.

  1. Practice makes perfect

Practicing a few shots at a foam block is needed, but to really get you in the mindset for the one shot the deer might give you there is usually no time for second chances. So why not practice that way?  Set up a tree stand or blind to practice from. It would be preferred to shoot a 3D target to get a better feel but work with what you have. Take the shot, climb down, and walk away for a bit. Then you can come back an hour later or so and do it again. This prepares you for the one shot you will have to take with your desired target.

 

  1. Deep breathing exercises

Before you skim past this option, take a look. Easier than doing the full blown cardio tick, although not as beneficial as running, this still allows you to have a slower resting heart rate. Simply take 10 minutes after you wake up and 10 minutes before going to bed. Take a breath in for 5-8 seconds, then hold it for about 3-5 seconds. Followed by exhaling slowly for another 5-8 seconds; Inhale through the nose, out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing each day will easily change your heart rate. Ultimately preparing you for the adrenaline pulsing rush of spotting your target.

 

  1. Lighting practice

Probably the easiest to be overlooked, but when practiced, is easily the most helpful. Our eyes aren’t made to see in the wee hours of the morning or the low amount of light at dusk. However, your prey is more active during these times and can smell, see, and hear better than you can. So it is important if you spot the one you are looking to tag, that you know how the light affects you at dawn and dusk. The rule of thumb is that shadows play tricks on our eyes. We will be more likely to be hesitant on something we cannot see. This leads to dipping low on the target with your sight. Take the time to practice at those hours, even though you might want to sleep in.

Now make the choice to up your chances for the shot you could get this coming season! 

 

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10 Things You Must Pack for an Archery Tournament

If you are first starting out, you have probably wondered what your first archery tournament experience will be like. “Will I do well? Will the hotel serve breakfast? Have I practiced enough?”  Sure, these are fine questions to ask one’s self when wanting to attend an event. However, the real task to start thinking about is, “what do I pack?!” I will let you in on 10 key items to have packed for any tournament. Now we all know you will pack your bow and arrows. This list will give you the most neglected items that archers forget to bring with them to tournaments.

 

1/ Serving material: Many top archers will always have serving material on hand just in case a scenario happens that a D-loop breaks or nockpoint breaks. You don’t want to have to rely on someone else to have material for you. Especially if you’re walking around a 3D range, or a field course.

2/ Arrow Lube: This is your new best friend when you have a hard time pulling arrows out of any bale. Whether it is a 3D animal, Whitetail foam, or straw. This product will help in saving energy and time at the target.

3/ Binoculars/spotting scope: Never leave home without your trusty pair of arrow spotting glass. There is nothing worse than half way through your drive, or flight, that you instantly remember your pair is sitting on the coffee table back at home.

4/ Bow stand/bow pod: If you thought carrying your bow from target to target was tough, try walking around a field course that doesn’t have a bow stand available. Don’t make the event less fun for forgetting this important item.

5/ Extra spinwings/vanes: It happens all too often when yours and competitor’s arrows clash in the target. Ripping and cutting apart your fletching job. This could also be a problem when too many of your arrows need to be fixed and you don’t have anything for it. So always make sure to pack these and the fletching jig (or double sided tape) to apply them.

6/ Allen wrenches: The life blood of all bows are held together with parts to be tightened by a set of allen wrenches. Listen to your bow. If something starts rattling, get out your wrenches!

7/ Back-up release aid/finger tab: whether you are a compound or recurve archer, the way you shoot your bow comes down to these two products. If you happen to lose your primary or misplace it at the tournament and don’t have a back-up, you could be in some serious trouble.

8/ Weather gear: This ranges from rain and sun, cold and warm weather, and everything in between. Sunscreen and bug spray are your best friend for outdoors. As well as sunglasses and that favorite hat you always shoot in. If it decides to rain, make sure you have a jacket that you can shoot in. Your equipment wants to stay dry too, so make sure to either borrow a towel from the hotel or bring one with you that can wipe the rain off of your grip and other essential parts before you go to shoot that first arrow. Baby powder is also a secret weapon. Just a little sprinkle of the stuff on your palms can keep all that sweat and nervousness to a minimum on the most humid of days.

9/ Extra stabilizer weights: For some that don’t know the benefit of having just one to three extra stabilizer weights, here’s the scoop. Some people will tell you that they were holding really well the few days leading up to the tournament, and now that they are competing, they can’t seem to make it hold the same. If you get this same feeling the first day of the competition, you can either add (or remove) from your main stabilizer depending on if you bob up or down. Add to the main rod if your sight dot is drifting up, or remove one from the main rod if you are dipping down. Remember though, it won’t take much but those few extra weights could mean the difference on aiming if you need them.

10/ Snacks: Never forget to bring that favorite bar you like, or trail mix you can’t get enough of. Sometimes while walking courses or during target events, they don’t offer food on site. So you can quickly run low on blood sugar without realizing it. Don’t let it happen to you.

 

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