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Thread: Any advice on Archery

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2014

    Default Any advice on Archery

    So whilst wandering round Keswick mountain festival today myself and the family had a go at Archery. I'm sure a few people in here participate.

    I've always been tempted by shooting in some way and generally feel as though I've a good eye for it. So I'm looking for advice really in where to start.

    I'm assuming clubs are a good idea?

    Are there any legalities around buying bows and arrows? Using them? Where do people practice.

    Any advice greatly appreciated around starting the sport.

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    best to join a local club,as they will have a controlled area for Archery practice, etc,and you could get advice about what strength bow will best suit you, your local sports shop should have the names of local groups, clubs etc..
    It is illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow,
    Great care needs to be taken in wooded areas, where it is likely other people will be walking, etc.
    It is not illegal to own or buy a bow and arrows

    and whatever you do, don't put an apple on your head
    Last edited by Fadcode; 11-06-2017 at 00:46.
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    Visit a local club. You need a bow that is the right draw weight and length for you so there's no point in buying until someone knowledgeable works it out for you. You can shoot on your property if you have the room, but don't think about public spaces !
    There are two main forms .. traditional target archery like you see in the Olympics were you shoot from the same distance each time. Then there's field archery that I do where you shoot in woods at various targets and distances, with the distances generally unknown so you have to judge it. Not that traditional clubs are bad, but most field clubs are down to earth and cheaper to join .. and more fun ! Look at the NFAS website for details including a local club.
    Anything else just ask

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Mid-Wales, UK and British Columbia, Canada


    A club, I think, is best to start. The club may be able to lend you bow/arrows for a while so you can see if you like it before committing to spending valuable beer tokens on gear. Also a club may have a beginners' course from the club coach to give you a good introduction.

    You may also be able to buy some pre-loved gear from other members as they upgrade their gear over time.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006


    Definately join a club and don't buy any kit yet, your draw weight will increase significantly as your technique improves so anything you buy now will be too light in a few months and also you may decide you would prefer a different style such as longbow, primitive, compound, flatbow and others but you won't know until you have started and seen what's available.

    To help there are three main bodies most archery clubs belong to. There is Archery Gb which is mainly shooting at round paper targets in a flat field, there is English Field Archery Association which is in woods shooting at targets at a known marked distance then there is the National Field Archery Society which is targets usually animal shaped at unknown distances usually in a wood. All have good webpages and there is cross over between most disciplines with many archers being members of several groups. If you like being out in the woods then EFAA or NFAS will probably appeal more to you there are two great NFAS clubs in Cumbria, Lakeland near Wythrop and North Lakes near penrith. Contact details for those clubs are here

    You will find all clubs welcoming and archery is a great sport enabling you to travel all over the world if you wish competing or just relaxing in a local private woodland.

    You can legally own as many bows as you wish but will need a safe place to practice. By joining a club you will also gain access to suitable land with other benefits for example my NFAS club for fifty pounds a year gets me access to sixty acres of private woodland where I can practice bushcraft as well as archery.
    Last edited by Aliwren; 11-06-2017 at 16:20.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    The Other Surrey (BC, Canada)


    If you have to end up spending money on a bow, I recommend getting a takedown recurve with low weight limbs (25-30lbs) to start. This way with properly matched arrows you can work on form to get consistent with shot placement. And when you want to get a more powerful, all you have to do is get new limbs. Also get to know your local archery shop, they can be a great help in getting you setup which is important. While clubs and fellow archers are a great source of information, don't take everything as gospel. Find what works for your style. You'll be amazed with all the different styles and the subtle nuances in drawing a bow. Feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

    Also get at least a dozen arrows. Trust me you'll need them.




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