Never Shoot a Damaged Arrow

This is an important one, and one that gets overlooked:COMMANDMENT #5: DON’T EVER SHOOT A CRACKED ARROWIf you remember in Commandment #1, we talked about the folly of dry firing: how it does damage to your bow, but also how it’s dangerous, because the parts of the bow can fracture, fly off, and hit you […]

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Always Use a Bow Stringer

This is another Commandment that has to do with your safety, and the safety of those around you. It’s not as serious as the first couple of Commandments (which include “Never Dry Fire a Bow” and “Never Aim at Something You Don’t Want to Hit”) but it’s important nonetheless:COMMANDMENT #4: ALWAYS USE A BOW STRINGER […]

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Don’t Be a Tough Guy

Commandment #3 is one that guys, in particular, can be prone to. Women, for some reason, are a little smarter when it comes to this sort of thing, but that doesn’t leave them out—Commandment #3 is something everybody should be aware of, and it’s called TOUGH GUY SYNDROME.What is TOUGH GUY SYNDROME? Basically, it’s when […]

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Never Dry Fire Your Bow

If you’ve ever been to the range, you’ve probably heard this multiple times, from multiple different people. There’s a reason for that: it’s one of the most important things you can do to stay safe at the range and on the hunt.Commandment #2: NEVER DRY FIRE YOUR BOW.Let’s talk about dry firing—what it is, why […]

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Aim Only at the Target

Welcome to the Complete Guide to Archery! This is the first of my “Commandments” posts. These aren’t actually commandments, and they’re not from any organization related to archery; they’re just rules that most ranges have, and some common sense things we all need to remind ourselves of.This is Commandment #1, because it’s the most important—in […]

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Archery for Beginners: How to Get Started

If you’d like to get into archery as a hobby but you have no idea where to begin, I totally understand where you’re coming from: when I started, I felt totally overwhelmed. I was excited to grab a bow and start shooting, but I was confused by all the terms and equipment and specifications. I […]

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