1. Do I have to purchase archery equipment in order to learn archery?
No. You don't need to own your own equipment to learn archery. All ranges rent bows, and the club has a few bows we loan out to members for free.
2. How does the club equipment lending process work? How do I borrow a club bow?
The club currently has 6 recurve bows for use at the C&B Archery location: 4 right-handed, and 2 left-handed. We also have 4 recurve bows for the Gotham Archery location: 3 right-handed, and 1 left-handed. They are all light weight - 20 to 25 lbs - for beginning archers. We operate on a first come, first served, basis. When you RSVP for an event, post a request for a bow in the comments section for that event. We will confirm your request and also say how many loaner bows we have available for that event, or if all the bows have been requested already. So before requesting a bow, check the comments section to see if there are still bows available for that meetup. Once they all spoken for, that's it for that event.
Please keep in mind that members on the attendee list have priority over guests and members on the waiting list. Members who get moved from the waiting list to the attendee list will then have priority over guests. Guests of members (i.e., non-members) may only borrow a bow if no attending club member needs it.
If you have requested a bow and then find that you will not be able to attend the event, PLEASE let us know so that we can lend that bow to another club member who may be waiting for it.
3. What about arrows, gloves, armguards, etc.?
If you are borrowing a club bow, we will provide you with everything that goes with it as well; not to worry!
4. Do I have to have prior experience to participate in this club?
Nope. We welcome people 18 yrs. or older interested in learning and practicing archery. We welcome people of all skill levels. If you don't know how to shoot a bow and arrow, you will learn! You'll notice that experienced members are very helpful to novice archers.
5. Is there a membership fee? What are the dues for?
Our membership fee is $15 per year, which you can pay through MeetUp's online system. There is a discount of $3 if you pay in cash at the meetup, which reduces the annual fee to $12. Membership dues are used to cover the the monthly administrative cost of our Meetup membership, and also to buy and maintain/repair loaner equipment for the club.
Your club membership also grants you the following benefits:
Gotham Archery (Brooklyn, NY, 1st Saturday) and C&B Archery (Hicksville, Long Island, 3rd Saturday) special club-only discounts -- save up to $160/year on range costs!
Free loaner equipment is available at most MeetUps (first come, first served) -- save up to $192/year in rental fees!
Access to outdoor events at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Long Island and Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.
6. What am I required to do as a member?
Come to our events. Have fun! Our members support one another and improve the value of the club by adding their knowledge, personalities, humor, and insights to the events. In short, we are a community of individuals who love the sport of archery and enjoy socializing with people who feel the same way.
We encourage members to suggest events and to be Event Hosts. Just post your suggested event on the site and contact us about being an Event Host.
7. Where do the events happen?
Our "home bases" are C&B Archery (http://www.cbarchery...., an indoor range located in Hicksville, NY on Long Island and Gotham Archery (http://www.got-archer...) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Both places kindly offer our club a discount to shoot. It is this kind of benefit that makes joining a club entirely worthwhile. Other ranges with which we are familiar are Queens Archery (http://www.archery-ny...) and Pro Line (http://www.archeryny..... In the summer, we organize outdoor shoots at Cedar Creek park on Long Island or Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. In late August/early September, we take a trip to the Renaissance Faire in Sterling, NY.
8. How much does archery cost?
The short answer is less than golf, but more than bowling. You would have to pay for equipment, training and actual lane time, just as if you were learning to bowl. This depends on which range you go to and if you opt for personal training by the staff. All ranges offer lessons and rental equipment. It can be as low as $17/per hour for basic training and equipment usage and will be even lower if you do not require a lesson or rental equipment; in that case, you would just need to pay for range time. Since pricing can be subject to change without our knowledge, we cannot go into detail for each range. You would have to check with each location about pricing before going to a particular range to practice or receive training, as they set the prices for that, not us.
9. Where can I purchase archery equipment?
Most ranges have a pro shop and can sell you equipment. There are also online stores such as Lancaster Archery (www.lancasterarchery.com) or 3 Rivers Archery (www.3riversarchery.com). And of course, there's always Ebay. To buy online, however, you really need to know what you are looking for. For first time buyers, it is recommended that you visit a pro shop and talk to a knowledgeable archer.
The most important thing about buying equipment is getting your "poundage" and "reach" right and making sure you have your "dominant" eye correct. Getting fitted for a bow should be done by a professional/expert. When purchasing equipment you should be allowed to actually shoot the bow prior to purchasing it. If a shop won't let you try out the bow first to see if it is comfortable, don't buy from that shop.
10. What are the costs involved when buying equipment?
Bows run from $150 to $800 or more: it's best to talk to an expert at a shop about which kind of bow you want (recurve, longbow, compound). If you purchase a bow, it's probably a good idea to have arrows sized, fletched and spined just for you and your bow. A quiver is optional, but gloves or tabs (or a trigger) as well as arm guards aren't -- you don't want chafing or bruises.
11. Yay! I have my bow, but am I breaking the law carrying it around?
No. Article 265: FIREARMS AND OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPONS of the New York penal law does NOT list bows as a dangerous weapon.
It can be classified as a "dangerous instrument", but so can a pencil.
A dangerous instrument refers to using something to menace with the intent to harm, and is more about your conduct while in possession of a bow and arrows.
To travel with a bow and avoid any unfortunate situations, it is strongly advised that you to carry it unstrung and in a case. To be clear here, you can buy a bow case that can be locked, a cloth case, a bow sock, or even stow it in luggage; just make sure that the bow is not readily identifiable as one. You'd be wise to make sure that your arrows are covered as well. You can also buy an arrow case at any brick-and-mortar archery place or online. C&B has an arrow tube that you can easily sling over your shoulder.
Bow cases with a picture of a bow and arrows or painted in camo is a bad idea.
12. Are there other requirements for membership?
Yes. This club is sociable, fun and friendly and the club is committed to keeping it that way. Essentially, the sport is about using what is a dangerous instrument. Thus, we have a strict "No Jerk" policy.
We prohibit any behavior that endangers other members, makes it uncomfortable or unpleasant for them to practice the sport, or any behavior or language designed to belittle the skill level of other members. This group exists to support and encourage beginners, experts, and every skill level in between.
We are NOT interested in having members who do not know how to conduct themselves in public or do not respect the rules of the range. Range rules exist for your (and our) safety.
Otherwise, there are no other requirements for maintaining membership beyond participation and renewing your membership via the annual dues.
13. How important is it for me to RSVP?
Very! The Organizers need to know if you are coming, as we have to inform the range ahead of time how many we have coming. Please RSVP Yes or No as soon as you know your plans. Also, please keep your RSVP current...if you RSVP'd "yes" but then decide you won't be attending, please update your RSVP accordingly. The ranges impose a strict cap on how many people we can bring to each meetup, and we typically max out and have a waiting list. If you know you will not be able to attend, please be courteous to your fellow club members and take yourself off the attendee list so that someone on the waiting list can get a spot.
Thank you for visiting the New York City Archery Meetup Group! We are a friendly and diverse bunch of folks, brought together by our love for this ancient martial art. We hail from the five boroughs plus Nassau and Suffolk counties.
We have all sorts of shooters--Olympic recurve, compound, traditional, primitive--whether you've been shooting your entire life or you've never held a bow before, all are welcome!
We host a MeetUp every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. For only $15 a year, your club membership grants you the following benefits:
• Gotham Archery (Brooklyn, NY, 1st Saturday) and C&B Archery (Hicksville, Long Island, 3rd Saturday) special club-only discounts -- save up to $160/year on range costs!
• Free loaner equipment is available at most MeetUps (first come, first served) -- save up to $192/year in rental fees!
• Access to outdoor events at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Long Island and Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.
Please visit the 'Pages' section to find out more about the Group, to have basic questions (FAQs) answered, and to learn more about archery. The Pages button is located above.
We do have an age requirement of 18 and over for membership. To be invited to join, please click on "Join Us!", answer the short list of questions, and upload a recent, accurate photo that includes a clear picture of your face and please, use your real name. We can usually respond within 48 hours.