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Back to School, Back to Basics: Your Archery Checklist


It’s back-to-school season, which means that many parents just went through their child’s school supply checklist to make sure they have all the materials they need to succeed in the upcoming year. Archers can take that same idea and apply it to their archery journey. We’ve compiled a checklist of all the things you’ll need to think about before you visit an archery shop for the first time.


1. Types of Archery

Archery opportunities are endless, from target archery, field archery, 3D archery and traditional archery to bowhunting. Check out the different disciplines and see which one speaks to you.


2. Types of Bows

What bow are you interested in trying, a recurve, compound or longbow? These different bows each have their own style and form.


3. How to Choose the Right Gear

You’ll need different gear for indoor versus outdoor archery, so make sure you choose your arrows accordingly.


4. Find a Local Archery Shop

Once you’ve decided which style of archery you’d like to try, visit your local range and have the archery specialists fit you with just the right gear. Our store locator makes it easy to find the shop closest to you.


5. Take Lessons

Once you’ve visited your local shop and have the proper equipment, it’s time to start taking some lessons with a certified teacher at the range. You can also choose to partner with an archery coach.


6. Start Competing

After you’ve put in some time on the range and feel like you’re in a comfortable spot with your abilities, consider competing at local competitions or join the larger archery tournament circuit.


7. Join an Organization

Once you’ve found your groove, consider joining an archery organization and show your support and your newfound passion for the sport.


Check It Out

Today is always the best day to try archery. Work your way through our checklist and enjoy the start of your journey toward a lifelong passion.


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