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A Beginner’s Guide To Archery: An Overview

Whether you are looking to get into archery for hunting, fun, or practice for the renaissance faire, this easy to follow guide will provide you all the details to get started.

Archery is a simple and affordable past-time to enjoy with the whole family. Whether you plan to shoot for fun, or for purpose, there is a bow for every desire.

First, you’ll want to scope out a few archery essentials including a bow, arrows, a target, and a safe place to practice.

Samick Sage Recurve Bow - Right Handed

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

The Bow

There are four main types of bows: The Longbow, the Recurve, the Compound, and the Crossbow. For this post, I will be focusing on the Recurve bow which is my bow of choice. (Get your own Samick Sage Recurve bow with FREE two-day shipping by enjoying a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime for FREE!)

The Recurve Bow has tips that curve away from the archer when the bow is strung, and comes in various weights ranging from around 10lbs to 70lbs.

Adult beginners will want to start at a 40lb draw weight or less. Youth beginner’s should start at 15-25lbs on a youth-sized bow.

The Arrows

The arrows you’ll want to purchase will depend on the length of your draw, and the weight of the bow that you are shooting with. For example, my bow is rated for 40lbs, and my draw is about 24″. I need add at least an inch so my arrow tip sits beyond my bow, so my arrows of choice are around 28″.

The weight of the arrows I will be shooting will be 40lbs, which means my arrows need to have a 400 spine.

As I am not hunting, and simply using these arrows for target practice, any arrow with a basic target tip will due. (You can buy your own target tips known as “Field Points”, too.) If you wanted to use the arrows for hunting, go ahead and grab yourself some broadheads.

If you are shooting with recurve, you’ll want to look for arrows that are feathered, not vaned.

The Target

Pre-built target’s are the easiest way to “get up and go” and come in many sizes and shapes, including cubes, flat bulls-eyes, and even 3D animals for hunting practice. My recommended pre-built targets are the Bulzeye Archery Target, the Bone Collector 400 FPS Target by Morrell, and the 3D Bleeding Zombie.

I am not a hunter, but shooting these realistic fake animals are fun. And this dinosaur.

PRO-TIP: Make your own target!

A Place To Practice

Your ideal practice area should be far away from pedestrians and animals. Try to make sure there is nothing between your arrow and the target. Behind the target should be clear of wildlife and people in case you miss the target, or the target falls down.

I also recommend investing in a quiver, bow string wax, bow silencers, an armguard, a bow stringer and a glove or finger tab which will be covered in an upcoming post.

Most archery supplies can be ordered on budget from Amazon. I highly recommend you try a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, to instantly get upgraded to FREE two-day shipping. There are so many other benefits, too!

If you have any questions about what kind of bow you want or where to practice, don’t forget to give your local archery shop a call.

Happy shooting!


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Stacey Troilo
An avid equestrian, cyclist and mounted archer, Stacey is an experienced branding and social engagement consultant for small to mid-sized businesses. Her passion for homeopathy and emergency preparedness has been showcased around the web.