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Thank you, Mark!
It is nice to meet a fellow archer. Give the target sight and scope a try. It is great if you need more adjustment options.
See you around.
I know it’s a bit off topic. But what would you recommend to someone who’s always enjoyed archery but doesn’t know where to go to be more involved in it? Thanks.Reply
thank you for stopping by and asking a question.
Where did you go shooting so far? In your backyard or in a club.
I always think it is best to join a local club if you want to meet people with the same hobby. There you can build many friendships and you can go out with them and maybe even do some bow hunting or join competitions.
I always enjoyed archery in my backyard as a kid, and I would also like to know where to go to become more involved. Do gyms sometimes have archery programs? Where is a place I could look to find a local archery club? I’d love to see some reviews of locations in the future 🙂
These are definitely “Advanced Archery” topics. I think you’ve really demonstrated how sights, scopes, stabilizers and arrows themselves can make a difference, whether you hunt or compete. I’m interested to see what you have to say about specific models!Reply
thank you for your kind comment.
There are gyms that offer archery programs, but this varies from city to city.
I will try to make a list of some good archery clubs over time, but since this is a huge world it will be impossible to cover them all. 😉
For now the easiest way would be to just google for archery in your city.
I am happy to hear that I was able to explain how equipment can make a difference and I am going to add reviews about specific models in the future.
See you soon.
You really do know a lot about archery. I never considered even getting into it this far but you have drawn me in and now I want to buy a bow and get started getting back into it as a hobby.
Thanks for being the guide that has revived the want. I do not think however I will ever get to the point that I will be very competitive.
I am very happy that I sparked your interest to pick up archery again.
It is such a great sport!
You can have a look at this great recurve bow for beginners.
It should be mainly about the fun. Competition can come back later, if wanted.
If you want to refresh your knowledge about archery, read my step by step guide.
I remember learning archery at camp Orkila in the San Juan islands and it was a blast! I haven’t done it since but really enjoyed it! Your article makes it look simple but it definitely takes practice. I was totally unaware that you can use a scope with a bow and arrow now! Wow, how cool is that?!Reply
you should consider picking up archery when you liked it at that camp. It is a lovely sport.
Archery has many health benefits, too.
It does take practice. 😉
But with a good trainer and when you practice regularly, you can see results rather quickly.
When you look at modern bows it can be sometimes hard to think of them as bows. Some of them are packed with accessories and tools. 😉
I still like to shoot with just a longbow, but use sights on my recurve bow, too.
You have covered a lot of ground with this post. I’m curious about the pin sight. You stated that you eventually run out of pins.
I don’t know what the one I used was technically called, but it used a pin and then as you needed to mark a yardage, all you did was draw a line across the bottom of the sight glider and then mark it 20′, 30′, 100′ ect. Do they not make this typ os sight anymore?Reply
Hello again Debra,
my guess is that you had an adjustable single pin sight?
Some sights are more adjustable than others. The one you seem to have used was one you could adjust easily (by moving the slider) to a given distance.
Other sights don’t have this option.
They use one pin for a set distance. On pin for 20 yards, one for 40, etc.
The maximum is usually 5 pins in one sight.
So if you don’t have a pin for the distance you are shooting at, you have to focus on the pin that is closest to that distance and aim higher or lower, depending on the distance.
Hope that made it more clear.
All the best.
Wow! I haven’t thought about archery since my days in high school gym class. It was great fun once I learned to keep my arm straight and not get stung and bruised by the bow string. And as you said in your post, improvement is fast for beginners. It may be time for me to revisit this sport. You’ve given me much to think about. Thanks.Reply
I remember my first time, more than 10 years ago, when I came home with nasty bruises on my arm!
It is important to rotate the arm out of harms way, like I explain here and to wear protective archery gear.
It would be great if you would pick up archery again.
Let me know how it goes.
I haven’t held a bow for many years, but I always loved it, pretending to be Pocahontas.
I didn’t like my grazed left arm, but soon figured how to avoid that problem.
Is there a group that holds fantasy archery competitions? You know, like they do fantasy knights and jousting etc.
to avoid bruises on the arm people have to rotate their arm out of harms way.
I explain this as a part of my archery training.
About the fantasy archery competitions:
This depends on where you live.
In Europe they are quite popular in the summer.
There are whole communities that do “LARP” (live action role play). They dress up like fantasy or medieval characters and spend a few hours, sometimes days, in a fantasy world and go on adventures together.
We also have many medieval markets that sometimes have archery competitions (jousting is not done that often anymore, though).
I tried out archery once when I was on vacation at a beach resort in bali and I find archery a really fun sport, though it can be quite tiring on the arms.
I am unsure whether I should take up archery classes because it is just a fun sport which I find enjoyable and I have no intention of being good enough to take part in a competition. However, your post gave me good insights of competitive archery which I find it to be an interesting read.Reply
thank you for stopping by.
Especially in the beginning you will feel certain muscles hurt badly, because archery uses muscles most people don’t use on a regular basis.
That’s why it is important to not shoot with a bow that is too strong.
You will get used to it over time.
To learn all the basic archery steps, you can read about them in my archery training.
It is still a great idea to have a trainer at least for your first time at the archery range.
I highly recommend starting with archery, as it has quite a few health benefits, too.
It is fun and healthy at the same time!
I’m just getting started in archery, and while your post is probably a bit advanced for me, I sure did appreciate your knowledge and a place to return to once I can actually shoot an arrow.
Stabilizers and arrows and points were all a bit confusing to me, but I think I have a better understanding now.
I’m going to bookmark this page and come back in a couple of months.
welcome to My Archery Corner.
As a beginner I want to point you to some articles that will proof helpful to you.
First, read about how to get started with archery and go through my archery training.
This will give you a great overview of all the steps you need to know about when shooting with a bow.
Then have a look at the different bow types, to choose the correct bow.
In the end, head over to my review section, where you can find all the bows I recommend to beginners and advanced archers.
Let me know how it goes.
I hope you are enjoying archery as much as I do!
All the best!
Having tried out archery twice in my life ( on both occasions on holiday with my son! ) I didn’t realize the amount of equipment needed. It certainly interests me ( and my son ) but I was wondering if there were any sort of starter packs to cut down on the overall price – as you say, things can get expensive!Reply
I hope you and your son will give archery a try (besides shooting some arrows on holidays).
It’s a great sport and has many health benefits, too!
It can be a bit expensive when starting out with archery, but when you buy good quality and treat your bow well, it will last for generations.
One great set is the Bear Archery Apprentice III compound bow I reviewed.
It’s the last one in that list when you follow the link above.
The great thing about this set is, that it includes all you need to get started and that it grows with the archer.
You can change the draw weight of this compound bow easily from 20 LBS to up to 60 LBS!
Let me know how everything goes.
Thanks for the post, I hunt with a bow and agree with your comment on how pins limit your distance options. Think I will give the scope approach a try.Reply