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Best Way To Get Into Archery?

Discussion in 'Archery' started by zeeco, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. zeeco

    zeeco Donator

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    Hi all, I've been thinking more and more of getting into Archery.
    I just wanted to know what the best route is?
    Cheers.
     
  2. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Pepe Le Pew

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    With a bow and arrow - usually works I’ve found:p
     
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    pjgtech The finest wines, we want em here, we want em now!

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    Buy a bow, .... I'll get me coat.... :)
     
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    pjgtech The finest wines, we want em here, we want em now!

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    Damn you beat me to it... :facepalm:
     
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    I remember that @Gunfun and @shauny were both into their archery and Mike (@cloverleaf) was getting into it last year ... worth a PM to ask their view ?
     
  6. shauny

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    i would suggest keep it simple. much more satisfying learning to shoot with just a bare bow.
    can be done fairly cheaply. if you start using sights,its a slippery,expensive slope, bit like air guns
    its much harder to master the bare bow,but when you do,you will (and rightly so) get a great feeling
    of self satisfaction and smugness, knowing you have done so. dont make the mistake of buying your
    first bow with a stupid heavy draw. start low and build up.with modern bows and arrows,i find a 40-45lb
    draw is more than enough.this is my wee beast.....
     

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  7. Spray1Mark

    Spray1Mark Big Poster

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    I have a mate called Robin, he knows a bit about archery!
     
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  8. zeeco

    zeeco Donator

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    Cheers, but I wanted to know if joining a club or getting lessons was the best route, I've already decided to learn a compound bow first.
     
  9. shauny

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    whoops. you will have to join a club, to do a course to teach you the basics of shooting and safety.this will be done using
    re curve club bows.usually a 6 to 8 week course.
     
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  10. pbrown

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    Definitely the best way into archery.

    Also check which disciplines your intended club supports and shoots, the club I shot recurve at wouldn't let you shoot compounds.
     
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  11. shauny

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    yep. think most clubs use straw butts ,which are not suitable for compounds
     
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    find a club that do a trial, mine was something like 6 Wednesday evenings all for £50 iirc, they supplied the bows arrrows etc and tuition in the price, but that was about 3 years ago, but was for recurve.
     
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    guns and bows.... are you playing cowboys and indians? lol
     
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    Is he a member of Gotham City Archery Club? The Batbow must be incredible :rolleyes:
    Or, do you mean the other one? - "robs from the rich, gives to the poor" - it's a myth ............... he'th not a good thot if he mythes all the time :facepalm:
     
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    Find a local field archery club and join their course. DON’T buy a bow until you have finished the course using their equipment as you simply don’t know what pull length and poundage will suit you.

    http://www.nfas.net/maps/
     
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  16. zeeco

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    Thanks guys, found a local club that provide everything needed and do short courses, perfect.
     
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    cool, enjoy your new sport, i wish i had more time to go more often..
     
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    Enjoy what is a fantastic sport/hobby
     
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    I've made two bows, an ash bow and a Yew self bow as well as the arrows, I've also had recurve bows similar to the one Shauny has pictured. I'm currently shooting a PSE Stinger compound bow which is a really quick bow.
    Like Shauny says, start off simple with either a self bow or recurve and learn to shoot it, you'll get max pleasure out of it that way.
    Plenty of vids on Youtube to help you on your way and if you have plenty of permission like most air rifle lads do then bend an ear of a land owner and get permission to shoot your bow at a target where it's nice and safe to do so. That's what I'm doing with my compound, I'm shooting on one of my old sports venue permissions and have the place to myself.
     

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