Intro to Archery Intro to Archery
There are two decisions you need to make when you're first starting archery: Which type of archery you're interested in, and which bow will work best for you.
Types of Archery
Whether you want to shoot inside or outside, at a range or in the wilderness, there is an archery style that meets your needs. Learn more about which is right for you.
One of the most popular types of archery for beginners, target archery consists of shooting at stationary bullseye targets. This is a great style for beginners because an archer can set up and practice in a variety of settings – indoor and outdoor. This is the style of archery featured in the Olympic Games.
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If you like hiking, or just getting outdoors, you’ll love field archery! Archers shoot at stationary bullseye targets, which are set along a roving course through the woods. The fun of field archery isn’t just shooting different distances, but also the challenge of uphill and downhill shots.
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If you’re interested in archery and love the outdoors, check out 3-D archery! This game gets you shooting at 3-dimensional foam animal targets, which are set at different distances throughout the woods. There are closer distances for beginners, and more challenging shots for increased skill levels.
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If you loved “The Hunger Games” and feel a connection to old-school, authentic archery, you need to try a traditional bow! Traditional shooting removes modern accessories and lets archers really connect with their bow and arrows. Traditional shooting might mean shooting at targets, at stumps, or even bowhunting.
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Wether you want to harvest your own meat locally or safely, or you just want the experience of getting out in the woods, bowhunting and bowfishing may be for you! Get started by clicking the link below, and gain a deeper connection with the outdoors and the world around you!
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Choosing the Right Gear
Learning which bow is right for you, and correctly choosing your first bow, may require a little assistance. We encourage you to ask your local archery store for help. They can answer all of your questions AND get you shooting successfully right away!
Recurve bows are the only bows the Olympics allow. Many archers also shoot recurve bows in field archery and 3D archery, and when bowhunting with higher poundage bows.
Compound bows are known for their widespread use in field and 3D archery, and bowhunting. Many archers also shoot compounds in target archery.
Archers shoot traditional bows in all major types of archery. You’ll see traditional bows in target archery, field archery, and 3D archery, and some will use them for bowhunting at higher draw weights.
A crossbow is a modified bow and arrow and are commonly used in target, field, 3D archery as well as bowhunting. Crossbows are highly accurate and have a longer firing range than most other bow types.