I’ve never been a sports person. But archery? That is something I definitely would be willing to invest in! The sport carries such grace, and the weapon… such history! I would beam if I could successfully fire an arrow. 13 months ago
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I finally found a place that is relatively close and reasonably priced $20 for a beginner’s class. Hoping to get this done by this Saturday!!! Need a partner. Anybody in DE or Philly like to join me??? 17 months ago
Bought my own recurve, a 45#, been going to a range regularly a few times a week for a month now. Learning and teaching myself mostly, aiming via instinctive. Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on consistency with good form. Finally figured out string picture to fix my horizontal variance. Still, compared to me shooting 45# bare bow with a foot-wide group (always a wild one in the group) at 20 yards, the kids shooting FITA still look amazing. 1 year ago
Working at the summer camp in the past 7 weeks, I had about six sessions of archery. For half of those, I either spent most of my time helping the kids or taking turns shooting with my co-workers, not giving me much opportunity to work on my form. However, the other three sessions were during time off and provided me with plenty of practice and showed a definite improvement. One session was with two of my co-workers while we each had our own lane. The other two sessions I did solo, and those where the ones I did the best.
These pictures are from my last session in camp on July 25, 2012. I’ve digitally marked over each point where the arrow entered the target for higher visibility. The target on the left had my best clusters (3 in the bull’s eye!) and highest score, 95/120 (79.1%). The round on my right only scored 83/120 (69.1%), but it had my best bull’s eye ever—-it’s perfection!
So, while I may be working on archery for many years to come (possibly a lifetime), I think I can say I have at least achieved the goal of learning it. The only thing left for me to take care of is to get my own equipment. In addition to buying a nice recurve, I’d also like to try crafting a bow by hand. Wish me luck! 2 years ago
Sorry to ask, but I’ve been waiting to do this for a while now – learn archery, I mean.
Does anyone have any pointers? I would be willing to listen. 2 years ago
I’ve been going to the archery range for the past two weeks and turned in my membership application and annual fee today. I have been and will continue borrowing the range’s equipment until I can buy my own. I’ve been given pointers by the people at the range, and they’ve recommeded that I check out Greenacres or Bear Archery to buy a bow and arrows.
When I get back from working at the summer camp, WC will be visiting. He’s going to make us leather shooting tabs and arm guards during the summer, and I’ll take him to the range when he gets here. He might be able to make us quivers and archery gloves, but I don’t think he can do it before his visit.
Currently, I’m not a very good archer at all, but I enjoy the challenge and I’m sure that I will be good at it someday. Also, in the beginning of June, I’ll have some archery (along with canoe) training before starting work. 2 years ago
and we both got to try our hand at archery. She was a natural! I was okay-i came close to hitting the target. if i ever get some mad money maybe i can invest in a bow… 3 years ago
Finally went to an archery range this weekend after finding out a bunch of other people were interested in going. We took an hour “lesson” which was about 3 minutes total of explanation about recurve bows, arrows, and how to nock, draw, and loose (but not how to aim, oddly). I ended up doing a bit of reading on my own afterward and instinctive aiming is apparently not uncommon for trad archery.
In any case, I managed to at least be consistent in grouping my shots together for the first couple rounds before getting a better feel for aiming. The later rounds, I put 80% in the center, one round was 100%. We only shot from like 10 and 15 yards, probably but not bad for a first time.
I’m definitely interested in doing more, and being such a novice, I’m going to leave this on my list until I feel like I’m really learning. 3 years ago
thought i might get one for christmas but i didnt, i cant handle/dont like the crossbows, but i am working on it! 3 years ago
gerryw4655I have no idea where I could go to learn this, but since I live in a college town, there should be someplace to go.
Hopefully I can find someplace at the University 3 years ago