Safety

1) NEVER point a bow and arrow at another person.
2) NEVER shoot an arrow straight up into the air.
3) NEVER shoot an arrow off into the distance where you cannot see where it will land.
4) NO sandals, crocks, thongs or bare feet.

Always use a bowstringer for longbows and recurve bows. This will reduce the possibility of damage to the bow and injury to the person. Check your bow regularly for cracks or twisting. If in doubt, have it checked by a professional before shooting it any more. Check the condition of your bowstring regularly. It's cheaper to install a new string than to replace the bow.

Don't draw the string back except with an arrow on it and no further than the length of the arrow for which it is intended. Overdrawing can break the bow and injure the shooter in the process. DO NOT release the bowstring with no arrow on it. Doing so is called dry firing and can damage the bow. As well, do not release the bow or cross a live firing line to pick one up that you have dropped.

Carefully follow the instructions given by the Range Captain. When practicing anywhere, anytime, with more than one person, designate a Range Captain for the group for the duration, usually but not always the most experienced archer. Wait for a verbal approval from the Range Captain or his designee before starting to shoot. After you are done shooting, wait for the word: CLEAR from the Range Captain or his designee before going toward the targets to retrieve your arrows.

WALK, don't run toward the targets. Remember that the arrows are sticking out and can injure you. When pulling arrows out of a target, stand to one side and insure that no one is directly behind you. The only safe place is behind the shooting line. Never shoot an arrow until you are positive that no one is in front of you or behind the targets. Conversely, don't stand in front of a bow while it is being shot, even if you are to one side of the shooter. Arrows should only be nocked on the shooting line and pointed in the direction of the targets.

Credit where due: http://www.archeryweb... was the source, I re-arranged and tossed parts to suit our group and practice area. Check their site too, it has some good info.

Table of Contents

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Safety December 22, 2009 2:15 PM Daryl
Scoring December 21, 2009 7:54 PM Daryl
Video December 24, 2009 2:30 PM Daryl
Tips and Pointers December 21, 2009 5:06 PM Daryl
Our Events December 21, 2009 5:00 PM Daryl
About The Vancouver Archery Meetup Group October 17, 2010 11:46 AM Daryl

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