Archery 101 – Archery Tips, Archery Tutorials and Other Archery Information

Welcome to Archery 101. This page was designed to help anyone who wants to become better at archery. From the definition of archery to complex bow tuning techniques, this page has you covered. Please browse the sections to better your knowledge with our archery tips.

Archery for beginners

If you are just starting out in archery or want to just learn a little more about this ancient sport, learn this section. When you are done, you will have an understanding of the history of archery, the different bows of archery, and the parts of a compound bow.


The Definition of Archery and Archery History

Archery by definition is the art, practice, or skill of shooting with a bow and arrow.
The bow and arrow was invented around 25,000-30,000 years ago during the Upper Paleolithic Period. This highly advanced tool at that time was instrumental in hunting and warfare.

The use of bows and arrows has been discovered all over the world either through ancient art or archeological findings. Many battles throughout the history of mankind were won with the use of this accurate shooting instrument.

Archery has been a major tool for hunting and warfare throughout the development of mankind up until the advent of firearms. Although still used by certain African tribes during warfare, archery is more commonly a target shooting past time or big game hunting option.

Different bows of archery

archery compound bowToday’s archers have many options when choosing what kind of bow to shoot. All of the bows available are similar in function but very unique in design and efficiency. Explore the compound bow, recurve bow, longbow and crossbow in the link below to see which style of bow is right for you.

Going to shoot a compound bow? Excellent choice. Learn more about the parts of the compound bow in the link below to further your development in archery.

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How to Select Archery Equipment

If you have decided to give archery a try, you will need some equipment. What archery equipment is the best to use? That depends on you. Everyone is different as far as physical capabilities and personal preferences. Our suggestion is to visit and archery pro shop and try different kinds and different models of bows. There are two things that are crucial to know before purchasing a bow, what draw length you need and what draw weight you are comfortable pulling.

Draw weight and draw length

Draw weight is the force needed to pull a bow back to full draw. You must be comfortable drawing your bow back in a variety of different positions and conditions.

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Draw length is the amount you have drawn the bow back at full draw. This measurement is in inches and must be chosen wisely so the archer can maintain proper archery form. If the draw length is too short or too long, inconsistent accuracy is normally the result.

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Selecting the right bow

When choosing the the right bow, you’ll need to go and try a few of them out. Visit your local proshop and shoot a variety to see what bow feels right for you. Try not to be a brand loyalist and open yourself up to what the market has to offer. If you try out numerous different bows at your proper draw length and draw weight, you will be able to focus on the feel of the bow. You’ll know what bow is right for you.

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How to choose the right arrow

archery arrow spineOnce you have acquired a bow that feels right for you, now it’s time to select some equipment so you can start shooting. One of the most important pieces to the puzzle is the right arrow. Follow our steps in the page below to find the perfectly spined arrow for your setup.

You’ll also need a quiver to put those arrows in. A quiver is either a bow mounted or hip mounted device that holds your arrows until you are ready to shoot them. When it comes to hunting, it does matter what kind of quiver you use.

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Learn how to work on your own bow

If you want to become the best archer you can possibly be, you should learn how to work on your own equipment. The pages listed below this section will walk you through learning how to tie archery knots, how to use a bow press, and how to install various components that you will use in archery. Once you master the basic bow technician procedures, you will be ready to tune your own equipment.

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How To Tune a Bow

papter tuning a bowOnce you have all the above mastered, it’s time to learn how to tune a bow. Learning how to tune your own bow is instrumental in achieving success in archery. We like to say that when you are out at the range or in the field hunting, you never want to be able to blame your equipment. If your equipment (bow and accessories) is tuned, then it’s up to you for executing the shot properly. Visit the following pages and master all of the bow tuning techniques.

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How to shoot a bow with proper form

torque free archery gripThere are two main things that you have to master to become proficient in archery without the help of other. Those two things are being able to tune your own equipment and how to shoot a bow and arrow with proper archery form.

Proper form is the human factor when shooting a bow. Proper form includes the proper stance, grip, body position, proper use of a release and the use of back tension while executing a shot. This is the most important section on this page. If you master proper archery form, you will see your accuracy increase dramatically.

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Competitive Archery

Competitive or target archery is a great way to hone in your skills as an archer. You can compete against your peers on a variety of different platforms. You can participate in 3D archery course to test your skills on lifelike animal targets. If long distance target shooting entices you, then perhaps a field archery course or tournament will be a fun challenge. You can also try your luck at indoor target archery to see how many times you can nail the bullseye at 20 yards.

No matter which route or routes you choose, competitive archery is a great pastime that will allow you to perfect your archery skills.

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Archery Clubs and Archery Retailers

For more information on finding an archery club or archery equipment retailer near you, visit the links below.

2017 Archery Scholarship

For information on our scholarship and a downloadable application, visit the link below.