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Safety Tips for the Archery Range

Archery is an exciting sport, but safety is paramount to ensure a positive experience. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned archer, here are ten essential safety rules to follow when you’re at the archery range:

  1. Inspect Your Equipment Before Shooting:

  • Check your bow limbs, arrows, and nocks for cracks or splinters.

  • Examine the bowstring for frays.

  • Ensure the backstop is intact to prevent arrows from passing through.

  1. Wear Proper Clothing and Safety Gear:

  • Avoid loose clothing that might get caught in the bowstring.

  • Consider using an armguard to protect against bowstring impact.

  • Use eye protection, especially at outdoor ranges.

  1. Use a Bow-Stringer for Stringing Recurve Bows and Longbows:

  • Prevent shoulder or elbow strain by using a bow-stringer.

  • It’s essential for safely stringing your bow.

  1. Aim the Arrow Toward the Ground While Nocking:

  • Nocking is preparing a new arrow for shooting.

  • Always point the arrow toward the ground during this process.

  1. Treat Every Bow as If It Were Loaded:

  • Handle bows with care and respect.

  • Never point a bow at anyone, even if it’s not strung.

  1. Be Aware of What’s in Front and Behind Your Target:

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Avoid shooting over ridges or toward areas where people might be.

  1. Never Dry Fire Your Bow:

  • Dry firing (releasing the bowstring without an arrow) can damage the bow.

  • Always have an arrow nocked before drawing the bow.

  1. Fire Only When the Range Is Empty:

  • Wait for a clear signal before shooting.

  • Ensure no one is downrange collecting arrows.

  1. Practice Safe Bow and Arrow Storage:

  • Store your equipment properly to prevent accidents.

  • Keep arrows secured and bows unstrung when not in use.

  1. Avoid Alcohol or Mood-Altering Drugs:

  • Impaired judgment can lead to unsafe practices.

  • Stay sober while participating in archery.

Remember, following these rules not only keeps you safe but also contributes to a secure environment for everyone. Happy shooting! 🏹🎯


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