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Before practicing or hunting, an archer must examine the bow and each arrow for defects.

Repair or replace damaged bows, and throw away arrows with damaged shafts or loose or missing parts.

Check the bow for:
  • Cracks or separations in limbs, limb tips, cams, or riser
  • Loose bolts, screws, or other fasteners
  • Worn or frayed bowstring or servings
  • Worn or damaged cables
  • Broken, loose, or damaged arrow rest
Check the arrows for:
  • Cracks and splinters in wood arrows—an arrow with a crack in it may shatter on release and be driven into the archer’s arm
  • Creases, dents, or cracks in aluminum arrows
  • Crushed sidewalls on fiberglass or graphite arrows
  • Cracked or broken nocks—nocks can be replaced
  • Loose or missing parts
  • Loose or missing fletching or vanes
Broadhead quiver with cover
Always keep broadheads in a covered quiver.
Broadhead wrench
Use a broadhead wrench when installing or removing broadheads.