Keeping Things Safe When Out With Your Bow.

It is good to remember that the purpose of archery for the first 10,000 years of its existence was to kill someone or something. This natural purpose makes it an inherently dangerous sport.

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While not quite as dangerous as a firearm when left unattended, a bow and arrow can cause serious injury and death when not used safely. Archery safety rules, especially on target ranges are much like the safety rules used on firearms ranges. Since archery is something often taught to children at camps and even in school physical education programs, range safety rules are even more important and need to be very strictly obeyed.

The first archery safety rules are fairly basic. Never, under any circumstances, point an arrow at a person. Never, under any circumstances, fire an arrow straight up into the air. Never, under any circumstances, fire an arrow to a point where you can not see where it will land. Although these rules seem to be so very common sense orientated, the majority of archery related accidents will result from not following them. They need to be taken with the same seriousness as firearm safety rules.

Other archery safety rules have to do with target practice and target ranges. A target range should be closely monitored and should have a safe line beyond which no one should be standing when firing is taking place. It is recommended that there be a 20 yard zone of safety behind the targets, and a 30 degree cone of safety extending from the target as well. Ideally, the targets should be backed by a hill or rising terrain.

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It is also important to follow basic common sense rules even when checking targets. Remember arrows are pointed objects. Injuries have taken place by running up to targets or when pulling arrows from targets. Many arrows are dangerous even when not being fired due to the points. Treat arrows with care at all times. This is especially true of broad head arrows. They should be handled with the same care you would use when handling razor blades.

Archery should be and usually is a very safe sport. The lethal history of the bow and arrow should never be forgotten, however. Everyone who uses bows and arrows regardless of their reasons, be they target practice or hunting, should be aware of and follow the basic common sense rules of archery safety. There is no excuse for even one archery related accident.

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Improving Your Shot Accuracy

Accuracy is a major part of archery, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced shooter. Archers are always trying to improve their accuracy in order to get better penetration, and of course to get bragging rights. You see it with company ads all the time. They come out with these sights and rests that have been “designed with the archer in mind”, Guaranteed to make you more accurate.

Well that’s great that the equipment is good and promotes accuracy but what good is accurate equipment, if your inaccuracy is due to your inconsistent form. In this article I am going to give you 3 pointers that will help you to improve your form and therefore improve your overall shot accuracy.

The first pointer and probably the most important is that you need an Anchor point, I cannot stress this enough. If you take anything from this article take this pointer. It alone will improve your accuracy a great deal. When you draw your bow and are at full draw you have to find at least two points where you can anchor the string and your hand EVERY time you draw your bow.

When I’m shooting my first anchor point is putting my index knuckle behind my ear lobe, and my second anchor point is putting the string on the tip of my nose. In doing this I am guaranteeing that every time I shoot my bow I am going to be consistent therefore improving my shooting consistency and accuracy.

The second pointer is your stance, yes your stance does play a major role in your shot accuracy. When shooting at a target you want to be standing so that your side is pointing at the target.

Your feet should be pointing perpendicular to the target and should be a little less than shoulder width apart. The reason you want to stand this way is because it allows for the greatest stretch, so you can reach the full draw potential, and helps you to avoid letting the string creep forward on you before you let go, giving you the maximum speed from your bow.

The third pointer is your grip. The way you grip the bow has a big effect on where the arrow will end up. Grip can be broken down into 2 factors; the strength of the grip and the way the hand is wrapped around the bow handle.

When shooting your bow the best way to hold your bow is to put the center of the handle running down the muscle right under your thumb. You then want to place your 4 finger tips on the front of the handle (for diagrams visit the site listed below.

When you grip the bow you want to grip it just hard enough to keep it in your hand. The most common problem with gripping it tightly is that you tend to torque(twist) your bow either left or right and that causes the arrows flight pattern to be erratic, ending in missing the mark you aimed for.

Following these pointers will no doubt have you shooting more accurately and consistently than ever before. Now it does take a little while to get used to these pointers as most of us have to break our old habits and it also takes lot of practice to master true proper form but when you do finally get it you’ll be shooting like a pro.

Plano Protector Compact Bow Case Review

Screen_Shot_2013-06-11_at_4.32.41_PMIf you love hunting or archery, then you may have had those moments where you cannot carry everything with two hands. I know it because it happened to me. If you have tried shooting at an outdoor range, you’ll know what I mean. There is nothing more irritating than gathering all your archery gear like you’re carrying a bag of groceries. What’s worse is that you may even lose some arrows along the way. Continue reading Plano Protector Compact Bow Case Review

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