Archery Advice

How to Make a DIY Archery Target

[Updated on 1 June 2020] There are lots of archery targets on the market meant for different kinds of arrows. But if you do not have the time or budget to buy a target, you can shoot other things such as a hillside, a thick Styrofoam layer or straw bales. However, these may quickly wear out. Worse, your arrows can get damaged. One thing you can do is to make your own DIY archery target. It will just take a couple of hours to make and you will have a target that you can use for a long time. In essence, you just need to stuff a box with some packing materials. Below are the steps in making a DIY archery target. Look for a big cardboard box: How to make a DIY archery target The minimum size should be 30 cm or 12 inches thick so the arrows won’t go…

Strength & Stability Exercises – Deadlift

After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies, I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new but, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. A few days after, I told my sister about what I realized and she recommended that I come with her to the gym and consult a trainer about body strengthening and stability. I took her advice and the trainer really helped, and it was because I had a clear reason for why I wanted to get better!  I learned that there are muscles…

Strength & Stability Exercises – Dumbbell Row

For BOW SHOOTING After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies, I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new but, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. A few days after, I told my sister about what I realized and she recommended that I come with her to the gym and consult a trainer about body strengthening and stability. I took her advice and the trainer really helped, and it was because I had a clear reason for why I wanted to get better!  I learned that…

Strength & Stability Exercises – Dumbbell Lunges

After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies, I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new but, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. A few days after, I told my sister about what I realized and she recommended that I come with her to the gym and consult a trainer about body strengthening and stability. I took her advice and the trainer really helped, and it was because I had a clear reason for why I wanted to get better!  I learned that there are muscles…

Strength & Stability Exercises – Dumbbell Raise

For BOW SHOOTING After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies, I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new but, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. A few days after, I told my sister about what I realized and she recommended that I come with her to the gym and consult a trainer about body strengthening and stability. I took her advice and the trainer really helped, and it was because I had a clear reason for why I wanted to get better!  I learned that…

Strength & Stability Exercises – Plank

For BOW SHOOTING After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies, I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new but, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. A few days after, I told my sister about what I realized and she recommended that I come with her to the gym and consult a trainer about body strengthening and stability. I took her advice and the trainer really helped, and it was because I had a clear reason for why I wanted to get better!  I learned that…

Crossbow shooting – Can you go too heavy with arrows?

Crossbows have been around for literal ages, and their popularity has risen and fallen through the years. The forerunner to the modern-day gun, these tools were once weapons of war and much bigger and heavier than they are today. They also had much heavier bolts designed to do more damage; today’s crossbows are still designed for power, but speed and distance are also essential components. With today’s more advanced crossbow shooting, can you go too heavy with arrows? You can go to heavy with an arrow, but the answer is not as simple as that. To exaggerate to make a point, a one-pound arrow would plummet to the ground the minute it left your barrel. The heavier the arrow is, the faster gravity will pull it toward the ground, but arrows or bolts do not have an even weight throughout. Heavier bolts with more weight at the tip will have…

Can You Legally Shoot Your Bow Inside City Limits?

Buying a bow is an exciting experience, and you will want to use it as soon as you get it home. Even if you have had a bow for a while you may be chomping at the bit to start shooting before the season opens. There are a lot of precautions that you should take before you start shooting your bow, but where do you start? Excitement and convenience spur a lot of people to shoot in their back yard without asking an incredibly important question. Can You Legally Shoot Your Bow Inside City Limits? Where Else Can I Shoot? If you live in a semi-rural area, the chances are that you’ll be able to head to a quarry or field somewhere out of town. Many suburban areas have dedicated archery ranges as part of their parks systems. A quick internet search will show you ranges in your area as…

How Heavy is a Traditional Bow

[Updated on 1 June 2020] If you look at a traditional bow, it doesn’t seem all that heavy. It doesn’t have a lot of moving parts and its profile is pretty thin. Anything can get heavy if you have to carry it over long periods of use. Whether you are using your traditional bow for hunting or competition, it will start to wear on your arm and make aiming a literal and figurative pain. How heavy is a traditional bow that it could have this effect? It is important to note when you are researching traditional bow weight that there is a difference between physical weight and draw weight. Draw weight is the power behind the bow and reaches upwards of sixty pounds in some cases.  Bows will rarely reach the six to seven-pound range, and if they do, they most likely have additional accessories for specific uses.  How Much…

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