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Many states require a bowhunter education course to hunt legally with archery equipment. Even if not required, taking a course will give you an excellent start to becoming a safe and skillful bowhunter.

  • Before practicing or hunting, an archer must examine each arrow to make certain there are no cracks or breaks in the shaft and that the nock is in good condition. A cracked or broken nock can be replaced, but a shaft that has cracks or breaks should be discarded.
  • Never use a cracked arrow. The shaft may shatter on release and be driven into the shooter’s wrist or arm. Some common types of damage to look for are:
    • Cracks and splinters in wood arrows
    • Creases, dents, or cracks in aluminum arrows
    • Crushed sidewalls on fiberglass or graphite arrows
Safe broadhead quiver types
Always keep broadheads in a covered quiver.
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