- We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong. Bill Vaughan
Archery is a great sport. Although bows and arrows have been used for thousands of years, it is increasingly popular all over the world in the 21st century. Since the Hunger Games movies were released, membership in USA archery has increased by 48%. Just don't try to shoot things off of people's heads, and everyone will have a good time. Here is how you get started!
Know that target shooting is good for all ages. It is a great way to bond with kids in particular.
Know that target shooting uses compound and recurve bows. These however, are purpose built for target shooting of arrows.
The recurve has one string that causes the bow to form a "w" shape. A longbow is simple bow that forms a "u" shape.
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, note that Katniss uses a recurve bow.
Find a place to shoot. Most people will look for an archery organization or shooting range
Target shooting clubs can be seen by looking at where competitions are held. Look for a range that holds a target meet in your area. You can also find clubs on the FITA website.
If you want to shoot outside of a range, get expert advice on how to set up a target that does not endanger others.
Learn to shoot
Like anything, archery has some tricks and habits that it is best to learn when you start.
Ask for lessons. It is best to get a recommendation from a friend. If you don't know anyone to ask, you can talk to the archery range supervisor about lessons and instructors.
Instructors normally provide equipment, thus saving you the risk of buying your own before you know what you want.