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Hunter with a bow

An arrow is as deadly as a bullet, so the basic rules that govern firearm shooting also apply to archery.

Here are some additional safety rules for archers.

  • Release an arrow only when the path to the target and beyond is clear.
  • Avoid shooting an arrow in the general direction of another person. Arrows are easily deflected.
  • Never dry-fire a bow or crossbow.
  • To prevent injury, use a special wrench when attaching broadheads to arrows and keep broadheads covered with a hard quiver when transporting.
  • Use the appropriate bowstringer or bow press when stringing a bow.
  • Keep your fingers out of the path of the string when gripping a crossbow.

Crossbow Grips

Potentially Dangerous Crossbow Grips: These three hand positions are potentially dangerous and could lead to severe finger injury when firing the crossbow.

Dangerous crossbow grips

Correct Crossbow Grip: With the leading hand in this position, there is no possibility of the cable passing over the fingers and injuring your hand.

Safe crossbow grips