After reading this introductory chapter on archery, you should understand the basics on how to safely use archery equipment. Let's review the important points of this chapter:
- You should know and understand the difference between a compound bow, recurve bow, and long bow. You should also be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each type of bow. Always read and follow manufacturer's instructions when using any type of bow.
- Hunters today can purchase mechanical releases to increase shot accuracy and arm guards to protect themselves while shooting the bow.
- An arrow has five parts: the point, arrow shaft, crest, fletching, and nock. Be sure you are able to identify each of these components.
- There are six different types of arrow points available. You should be able to identify each one, and know what they are used for.
- Always use a broadhead point for hunting big game. Use a broadhead wrench when adding or removing a broadhead point.
- Before shooting a bow and arrow, get familiar with draw weight and length. When purchasing a bow, be sure you are able to pull back the string comfortably to a full draw.
- The anchor point is the location on the hunter's face, mouth or jaw where the drawing hand is positioned at full draw. Know your anchor point.
- Practice is key. Before heading out into the field, practice using your bow in the same conditions you will be hunting. Get familiar with all the equipment you will be using.
- A crossbow works on the same principle as a standard bow, though it features a rifle-like stock and a trigger mechanism that holds the string in place. The projectile is much shorter than traditional arrows and is typically known as a bolt.
- Always read and follow manufacturer's instructions when using a crossbow.
- The safest way to unload any crossbow is to fire the bolt into a suitable target or rock-free ground.
- Always consult local regulations for bowhunting seasons and specific bowhunting regulations. Remember, these regulations can change from year to year.