Archery Range Rules
SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!
Rules are ALWAYS posted on-site at the range
- ALWAYS keep a loaded bow with the arrow pointing downrange toward the target.
- ALWAYS make sure there is an arrow in the bow when you draw — NEVER dry fire *.
- NEVER run or fool around on a range.
Remember, the nock is more dangerous than the point. Be careful with it.
- ALWAYS use an armguard as well as finger tabs for bows with pull weights of 20lbs or more
- ALWAYS use arrows that are longer than your draw length and acceptable to your bow’s poundage.
- When you’ve finished your arrows, ALWAYS step back behind the Waiting line and hang up your bow.
- ALWAYS pick up arrows from the ground that are in your path; don’t step over them.
- ALWAYS pull arrows from the side. Check before pulling the first arrow. Then pull from where the arrow enters the target, not mid-shaft.
- ALWAYS carry or present arrows with two hands. If you have a quiver, use it!
- ALWAYS respect your fellow archer, which includes not talking on or near the shooting line,
and not withdrawing from the line if the archer behind you is drawing or shooting.
- ALWAYS shoot for fun and consistency, not for bull’s-eyes.
What is "Dry Fire"
* DRY FIRING means pulling back a bow WITHOUT an arrow knocked (loaded) and releasing the string. The energy from the release will DESTROY the bow and could cause serious injury to the user.
- If you are renting or using facility equipment NEVER draw the bow without an arrow, even if you are not releasing it.
- Dry Firing facility equipment may incur an equipment replacement or damage fee, dependent on the damage done to the bow dry fired (up to $130 for full replacement of damaged bow).
- To practice technique for draw and release without an arrow use the “practice bow” onsite that is designed specifically for this use.