You asked, she said yes, and now you’re thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” Answer: An opportunity to throw a kickass archery-themed bachelor party!
Chances are, your dime has dreamt of her (note “her” not “your”) big day since she was a little girl playing dress-up. She’s thought of every detail: the flowers, the venue, the band, the dress. You’re expected (don’t even try getting out of it!) to tag along for cake testing, menu setting and gift registering (pointing a tiny gun at price tags? Sa-weet!). Once you’ve suffered through all of that, set your mind on the real party, and one last weekend of unmitigated bachelor debauchery.
Consider these eight ideas for your archery-themed bachelor romp.
Imagine this: You’re armed with a facemask, recurve bow and quiver packed with foam-tipped arrows. The whistle blows, and you charge the battlefield. Arrows streak back and forth between you and your opponents. You run, tuck and roll behind a blowup target for cover as arrows streak by, whistling as they slice the air. You pull an arrow from your quiver, draw your bow and serve an epic dose of payback to the player bunkered in just 20 yards away. Suddenly, you’re the last archer standing on your team. It’s up to you to take out the opposing team’s target.
Hello, Archery Tag. Come to papa. Archery Tag has over 490 locations in 42 countries, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to challenge your friends to a laser-tag-like battle – and shoot out the pre-wedding jitters – no matter where the party takes you.
Two words: black lights. Try cosmic archery before hitting the nightlife. Archery Headquarters in Chandler, Arizona, offers an hour-long event that includes 15 minutes of archery instruction. Crank up the music, turn on the strobe lights, and fire arrows at glow-in-the-dark targets with your bros.
Some archery ranges offer special bachelor events, ranging from cosmic archery to “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” themed parties. Wherever the party takes you, talk to the closest archery store about special events and group rates.
Take the party outside with 3-D archery. 3-D courses are laid out along woodland paths, and include 15 to 30 foam animal targets at varying distances.
What makes 3-D archery a great bachelor-party idea? First, it combines hiking and archery. Second, it’s challenging. Third, 3-D courses use targets creatively. We’ve seen dinosaurs eating prey, deer peeking between trees, cougars perched atop logs, bears eating from barrels, and boats set up to emulate bowfishing.
Split your group into teams of three or four and roam the wooded course. Archers shoot one arrow per target, and score their arrows based on where they strike the target ring. The archer with the highest cumulative score wins. (Buy that man a drink! That’s assuming your group is of-age, of course.)
Backyard Archery Games
Don’t have the funds – or the bride’s blessing – to visit Vegas? Bring Vegas to you with archery poker. Tape a deck of cards facedown to an archery target. Each player shoots five arrows and hits five different cards. The best hand wins! Adapt the game for larger groups by splitting the deck among several targets.
Looking for more backyard archery games? Check out these suggestions from The Modern Archer.
The day might come when your bride gets angry at the sight of you in camo. Combat that possibility with these marriage tips. Until then, enjoy it all you can! Surprise your buds with the bowhunting trip of a lifetime. Hit the treestand or ground blind in the early mornings and evenings, then huddle around the campfire for brews and stews after the sun goes down.
Bows + arrows + boats = the ultimate bachelor float-along. Bowhunting usually means solitary hunters sitting quietly in their stands, waiting for one perfect shot. Bowfishing, however, is best enjoyed in groups, and often presents many shooting opportunities in each outing. Best of all, it’s easy and inexpensive. Whether you’re shooting from shore, atop a paddleboard or inside a johnboat, you’ll have a blast reeling in big gar, carp or rays.
Explore these bowfishing need-to-knows before planning your trip.
Good Meats, Good Eats
Trust us. Your stomach – and heart – will thank you.
I Love You, Man.
Thank your groomsmen for their support as you slay the bridezilla – errrr, support the bride – during her time of need. Nothing says, “I love you, man!” like a personalized flask. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. (If you know what I mean.)