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Precautions of Archery

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Safety tips during archery

Safety is essential for everyone, either you are new to this game or you had experienced. Most people have a misconception that because they aren’t firearms, bows can be carelessly handled. But like guns, arrows can also be misused and can cause serious damage to the archer himself or people around him. Some tips are given below which is very important from the point of safety:

  • Never point your bow at anyone, even if there’s no arrow drawn (this is important for creating proper shooting habits).
  • Never fire the arrow high into the air as you cannot predict where it’s going to land. An exception is when you’re participating in a flight archery competition.
  • It’s strongly recommended that you wear an arm guard.
  • Never draw an arrow if there are any people between you and your target, even if you don’t intend to shoot yet.
  • Never over-draw your recurve bow (over-drawing is when you pull the string further than the actual length of your arrow). This can result in serious injury and damage to your equipment.
  • Always use a bow-stringer when stringing your bow.
  • If you are using wooden arrows, always check them for cracks or splintering before your shooting session.
  • Make it a habit to always check the bow limbs for any damage before you start shooting.
  • If you notice signs of wear on the string (for example separation of the string serving), replace it immediately – do not wait for it to become completely non-operational.
  • Take off your watch and/or jewelry before you begin shooting.
  • Make sure your cell phone battery is charged so you can call for help in case an accident was to occur.
  • Make sure your string is waxed regularly (if unsure of how often to do it, wax the string once every 100 arrows shot)
  • Finish each shooting session by un-stringing your recurve bow.
  • Never dry fire your bow (pulling and releasing the string without an arrow seated); this will be dangerous to both you and your recurve.
  • It’s strongly recommended that you wear a chest-guard during playing.


Indoor/Outdoor Range Safety Rules

  • Listen carefully to commands given by your instructor. If you can’t hear them, ask the instructor to speak louder.
  • Make sure the range you shoot at has a first-aid kit. If they don’t, let them know they should have one and don’t visit them until they buy it.
  • Never approach the shooting line if you haven’t inspected your bow/arrows/string for any damage.
  • Never run while retrieving your arrows; you could hurt yourself with an arrow lodged in the ground, or fail to stop in time and hurt yourself with the arrows lodged in the target (yes, it happens).
  • Keep standing behind the shooting line and never cross it until the instructor gives a clear command for everyone to stop shooting.
  • Do not nock or draw an arrow unless you are at the shooting line and unless the instructor has given everyone the command to do so.
  • If you drop anything in front of the shooting line, even if it’s within reach of your arm, do not retrieve it until the command has been given for everyone to stop shooting (usually “bows down” or “all clear”).
  • Always use field points at a regular archery bow range (avoid hunting broad-heads as they are more dangerous to handle and will damage most practice targets)
  • Make sure no one is standing immediately behind you when pulling out an arrow from the target, as you could accidentally hurt them when forcefully pulling the arrow out.
  • If you hear the command “HOLD,” do not shoot an arrow even if it’s already nocked and the bow is drawn.

These are very important tips from the safety point of view. Please follow all of these instructions for your safety.

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