As a traditional archer, traditional wooden arrows for hunting or target practice are a must-have for you!
There is no way that you will show up with your bad-ass longbow using carbon or fiberglass arrows. UGH!
No, you need wooden arrows if you don’t want to look ridiculous and like a “Wannabe Robin Hood”.
Before I get to my recommended arrows, let’s take a look at the different materials used for arrow shafts:
Most arrows will be made of one of these materials (in alphabetical order):
If you want to learn more about any of the other arrow types, you can read about them by clicking on the links above.
To learn more about wooden arrows, please keep reading:
As you know, wooden arrows are the ones that have been used for the longest time.
When our ancestors started using bows many thousands of years ago, they had no other choice but to use arrows made of wood.
First, those arrows just got sharpened, later stone or bones were used as a tip.
As soon as people learned to work with metal, they started using bronze and later iron for arrow tips.
The thing that stayed the same for a long time, was the wooden arrow shaft.
Wood is a great material for arrows!
It is super cheap and easy to get. The most difficult thing is to get a straight arrow when using wood.
It will take both patience and experience if you want to make your own arrows from materials you find in a forest.
Luckily, it is much easier now to get wooden shafts.
You can either buy a complete arrow or just the shaft and fletch it yourself and glue a tip on it.
Let’s take a quick look first:
Some things on my list seem to contradict each other, so I want to go into more detail now:
No need to say too much about this.
Wooden arrows can be very cheap. It all depends on the type of wood, nock, and arrow tip that was used to craft the arrow.
If you are on a low budget or a traditional archer, wooden arrows will save you a lot of money.
Who doesn’t love that?
A wooden arrow will never be like a carbon arrow, but when made of Ash or Maple (besides some other woods) it will be very durable.
The myth that arrows made of wood break quickly after just a few shots is just not true.
Don’t shoot at stone walls and try to avoid shooting at trees, too, and your arrow will not break that easily.
Never use a wooden arrow with a compound bow!
Only use them with longbows or wooden recurve bows!
If using them with a compound bow, your arrow has a chance to splinter and this can get very dangerous.
The splinters of the arrow can hurt you and the people around you seriously.
It is only 100% safe to shoot them with traditional bows!
It is easier to craft a wooden arrow than it is to craft a carbon, aluminum, or fiberglass arrow.
Without the needed machines, you just won’t make an arrow from those materials.
A wooden arrow can be made by hand with the help of some tools.
Of course, that is obvious, as people made arrows already decades ago without modern machines.
I am sure that many of you already made your own arrows when you were just kids.
When I was young I lived near a forest and my best friend and I ventured into the woods and made our own bows and arrows.
They were not straight at all, had no fletching, and were just sharpened at one end (no real tip).
But they did work!
Our bows and arrows worked great and we had a lot of fun shooting with them.
They wouldn’t have worked for hunting, but it shows that even kids without any experience or training can make their own arrows.
Now, when you get that training and experience, it is clear that it is rather easy to make your own arrows.
If you don’t want to find and process the wood to make an arrow, you can buy just the shaft and finish it yourself.
Or just get a complete and finished arrow.
Remember. They are cheap.
Yes, wooden arrows are straight!
Maybe not the ones we made as kids, but professionally crafted arrows from high-quality wood are super straight.
You will shoot them with the highest possible accuracy.
It is just up to your skill how well you will hit the target.
Some materials are less straight (e.g. Ash) than others (e.g. Yellow Cedar), but the difference is minimal.
Even when you have an arrow that is not as straight as you’d like, or it got bent a bit over time, some arrows can be straightened again.
This depends again on the used wood.
I will talk about this when I write about how to make arrows yourself.
As soon as those articles are on my site, I will link to them.
I really love that about wooden arrows.
Every different wood type has its own characteristics and specifications.
Some are heavier, others are lighter.
So whatever you prefer and need, you can get it with a wooden arrow.
Do you need a heavy arrow?
Get a Maple arrow.
Do you prefer light arrows?
Get some Port Oxford Cedar arrows
There are however some downsides:
Wood is a natural material.
One arrow will never be 100% the same as the other.
You need to be aware of that.
When you buy arrows, make sure that they are grouped by weight and spine! Both!
If you only look at the spine and later weigh them. You might find out that their weight varies a lot.
This would make it very difficult to shoot consistently.
But when you make sure that their spine (+-5 lb) and weight (+- 10 grain) are nearly the same, then you won’t have a problem with your wooden arrows.
I mentioned it before, but it is really important.
So I say it again:
Don’t Use Wooden Arrows With Compound Bows!
There are so many (true) stories, where archers got injured severely because they just wanted to try and shoot a wooden arrow with a compound bow.
It might even work a few times if you are lucky.
But maybe the next time will be when your arrow explodes and you have to be rushed to the nearest hospital.
Don’t try your luck, please.
Don’t shoot a wooden arrow with a compound bow.
I use them all the time when shooting my longbow.
Check out my all-time favorite wooden arrows:
These arrows with real turkey feathers are 31″ long and have broadhead tips.
They are perfect for target practice, medieval bow competitions, and even hunting.
You can use them with traditional longbows or recurve bows with a maximum draw weight of 60 LBS.
They also look amazing so you can use them simply as decoration, too.
The tips are glued on, so you can’t replace them!
Similar to the arrows above, these arrows are fletched with turkey feathers.
However, they are only for target practice!
Their length is 32″.
Don’t use these Medieval Practice Arrows with a compound bow.
Recurve and longbow only.
Maximum draw weight: 55 LBS
These arrows are for you, if you like light-colored arrows but want to go hunting.
You can use them both for target practice and for hunting.
The shaft is 31″ long.
Black Turkey feathers were used for the fletching.
You know that you need wooden arrows for traditional archery and I have shown you my favorite ones.
Now, you just need to choose your favorite arrows.
Which one will it be?
I love traditional wooden arrows for hunting or target practice.
I think that they are perfect for beginners with a small budget.
Let me know in the comments which one you chose.