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  • How to safely practice archery

     Tara updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Tara

    May 17, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Hey, guys. I’m a complete novice to archery and I want to get started. But before I even buy a bow I want to know my option for practice safely. There are no archery ranges near me so I thought of two options: somehow convert one of the lanes of my garage (2-car garage and only one car) into a small range that I can shoot from outside-in, or make my backyard into a range. For the first option I’m sure that’s fairly safe and feasible, but the first option is more appealing but I would like to know how everyone else thinks. I have a relatively large backyard on an almost 1 acre property. There are around 30 paces between my house and the tree line where I would set up my backstop and target and a little more than 40 paces of dense forest into the neighbor’s backyard. When I say paces I mean yards. Regarding the garage, it can be cleared out or a backstop made. Pictures of both the garage and yard are going to be linked to another post. Luckily I live walking-distance to a landlocked forest where bow hunting is permitted.

  • Significant-Ebb-7406

    May 17, 2021 at 9:43 am

    You could put up a backstop in your backyard. 30yds is pretty good for practice and depending what style archery you do, you can always start closer, and move back as you get more consistent. Aim small and miss small with a “big” backstop and you should be fine.
    I have two wooden pallets propped up side by side in my backyard with some leaves and dirt and sticks and grass piled up in front with a good size block target set up in front. Reasonably thick bushes to the right side and the garage wall to the left to make a shooting lane.
    I also have 1” dots I aim at, and a complete miss would have to be at least 3’ high or 4+’ wide to miss my backstop setup and I’m pretty confident in it.
    Misses will happen but if you have a 2-3x margin of error and woods in the back you should be good to go.
    Be sure to check your local ordinances though if you shoot outside. Some localities don’t allow discharge of a “weapon” not just firearms within X feet of an inhabited building.
    Also, consider if you are shooting into your garage, you can probably stop arrows fine without damaging anything, but you’ll want/need to make sure nobody can accidentally walk in front of you while you are shooting either. Especially if it could accidentally happen from behind a wall or door. Internal/external locking doors or something would help, but that’d make me nervous personally.

  • masonrox1212

    May 17, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I built a 4×6 foot backstop out of a 3/4” horse stall mat and 2×4 lumber for about $125. You should practice at a range where it’s near impossible to miss the backstop and gradually back up as you progress.

  • AaronGWebster

    May 17, 2021 at 9:43 am

    If youre a trad shooter, you can practice with rubber blunts and use a hanging blanket as a target.

  • Hookahgamer

    May 17, 2021 at 9:43 am
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