Historically, bowmen have often been associated with hunters in many different cultures around the world. Nowadays, with a few exceptions, most people have adopted bowhunting as a hobby, instead of a subsistence practice. In the United States, several hunting outfitters offer the option to hunt with a bow and arrows. Before embarking on such an adventure, it’s essential that you test and update your hunting equipment.
Hitting the Bull’s Eye
Finding the perfect set up takes some practice. When you need to buy some gear, look for a business that offers to maintain your equipment. Several archery shops will also let you use their range, which could either be indoors or outdoors, to practice your skills and test the equipment. Bringing a crossbow is acceptable too, if it’s time to upgrade it with new strings and cables for the next adventure!
Businesses that are members of associations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation may also be involved in leagues, competitions, outfitting clubs, and much more. If you’re looking for a great community of avid archers, keep an eye out for these businesses!
Which Bows and Arrows Are Best?
All bows involve pulling a string, either manually or mechanically. An archer may prefer bows that are laminated, while others prefer those made out of wood or composite. The type of bow you choose will often depend on your physical strength, although compound bows are preferred for big-game hunting. As for the arrows, choosing to use wood over carbon fiber depends on the type of animal being hunted. Going to the range and practicing on targets before buying equipment will definitely save you money, effort, and time down the road.
Why Choose Bows Over Firearms?
Bowhunting carries some advantages over hunting with a gun. First, the bowhunting season is longer, which often means that fewer hunters are active at any given time. This also means less people are moving through the woods and startling game. Since the distance between the archer and game is much shorter (generally less than 120 feet), there is also less chance of accidental injury.
Many Opportunities to Compete
There are several different types of archery competitions. The most common competitions test accuracy at many ranges and in many different settings, such as wooded areas. Alternatively, some competitions feature clout shooting. In this event, marksmen take aim at targets more than 500 feet away to see whose arrows land closest.
Para-archery is an adaptation for amateurs and competitors with disabilities. Competitions can also draw from history-like flight archery, with origins in medieval Turkey-or feature novelty games that borrow rules from other sports like golf or soccer! Some regions offer leagues and clubs to enjoy such sports; check the association in your state.