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Archery Safety
  • NEVER point a bow and arrow at another person.

  • NEVER shoot an arrow straight up into the air. You can end up hitting another person or yourself.

  • NEVER shoot an arrow off into the distance where you cannot see where it will land.

  • Children must be supervised at all times. Even if they are not shooting, they should be supervised to make sure they don't stray into the path of an arrow.

  • Inexperienced archers should not shoot without supervision. 

  • If you are looking for a lost arrow behind a target, always leave your bow leaning against the target face so that it will be seen by other archers coming up. If possible, have one archer from your group stand at the targets shooting position to prevent anyone else from shooting until the target is clear.

  • While using the 3-D walking course, be sure to stay on the marked path and travel only in the direction in which the targets are laid out while shooting is in progress. Going backwards on the trail or across an unmarked area could place you in the path of a flying arrow, resulting in serious injury.

  • DO NOT shoot arrows with broadheads at standard targets. Broadheads are to be used only in the designated broadhead area.

  • Check your equipment regularly for damage, especially if you are shooting wood arrows. If you find any defects, do not use that equipment.

  • NEVER draw and release the bowstring without an arrow on it. This is called “dry firing” and can result in damage to the bow or archer. 

  • Always use a bowstringer for longbows and recurve bows. This reduces the possibility of injury to the person stringing the bow.

  • NEVER draw a bowstring back further than the length of the arrow for which it is intended.

  • Arrows should only be nocked on the shooting line and pointed in the direction of the targets.

  • STOP shooting if there is the slightest chance of anyone crossing in front of you or the target.

  • After you have finished shooting at the line range, wait until you hear the word CLEAR or PULL before going toward the targets to retrieve your arrows.

  • WALK, don't run toward the targets. Remember, arrows are sticking out of the targets and can injure you if you happen to trip and fall towards the target.

  • When pulling arrows out of a target, stand to one side and insure that no one is directly behind you.

  • If you are using broadheads, be sure that they are adequately covered when not in use. Treat  a broadhead with the same caution that you would a razor blade.

  • Carefully follow the instructions given by the club officers or other senior members.