What You Learned (cont.)
Before practicing or hunting, an archer must examine each arrow. Check for cracks and splinters in wood arrows; creases, dents, or cracks in aluminum arrows; and crushed sidewalls on fiberglass or graphite arrows. Discard any shaft that has cracks or breaks.
An arrow is as deadly as a bullet, so the basic safety rules that govern firearm shooting also apply to archery.
Broadheads must be kept razor-sharp for hunting. To prevent injury, use a special wrench to screw on broadheads, keep them covered with a quiver, and take special care when field dressing bow-killed game.
To shoot a bow and arrow:
- Stand at a right angle to the target with your feet approximately shoulder-width apart. You should feel comfortable and balanced.
- Nock the arrow, then simultaneously raise the bow and draw the string back to your “anchor point.”
- Aim and release the arrow by letting your fingers slip quickly away from the string. Never dry fire a bow.