Beginners Guide To Archery (Archery 101)

Whether you want to learn archery for sport, as a hobby, for hunting or are just generally curious then you are at the right place. Unlike many other sports which require big initial investments shooting your first arrow is not hard. Just head to an archery store and you will be on your way to enjoying a fascinating sport. 

With this in mind, has put together a guide that will break down the complexities of archery and introduce you to the sport step by step. The article follows a two-fold procedure that begins with a preparation stage and then the practical stage. It provides the basic information you will need as a novel archer. Contact them from Facebook if you need their suggestions.

Preparation Stage: Equipment Needed

The Bow 

There are three main types of bows. They include the recurve bows, compound bows and the traditional long bow. Recurve bows have a sleek, ‘s’ shaped, graceful design and they’re mostly used for target shooting, Compound bows have several wheels to provide a pulley system and are suitable for hunting as they are fast. 

We recommend the recurve bow for beginners as it has a less steep learning curve. Nevertheless, don’t be tied down to our recommendation. Whichever bow feels most comfortable for you is best. Keep in mind though that the perfect bow should be commensurate to your weight and height. For more information, visit your local archery store. 


When it comes to arrows, they should have at least three fletchings or feathers, two of a similar color and one of a different one. This is to assist you to position your arrow right. The back of your arrow  should have a spit ending or a nock where the arrow will sit on the bow string.

Supplementary Equipment 

Although a bow and arrow is all you need to learn archery, your archery kit isn’t really complete with the following gear; a stringer, an arm guard, finger tabs, a quiver and a release for a compound bow. 


There is no dress code for archery. As a rule of thumb though, you should wear clothes that don’t restrict your range of motion, especially for your upper body. If you have long hair you might have to tie it so as to avoid distracting you and obstructing your target. Moreover, hair can get tangled in the string which can be quite painful!

Athletic shoes are the best for beginners, for stability and stance, however once you become a pro you could pull off archery in heels for the ladies!

The Basics of Shooting


The basic ‘square’ stance is used by all trainers for beginning archers. Stand with your feet slightly apart, shoulder width apart with one foot an inch ahead of the front foot. Toes should be turned very slightly away from the shooting line, an angle of 90 degrees to your target. You must not bend your knees and waist Similarly you must keep must not lean. Keep a straight back. Only your arms and your head turn to face the target. 


When loading you arrow to the bow, the single colored feather should be close to you and face away from your bow. Place the nock of the arrow to your bow string and push until you hear a click sound, this signifies that your arrow is locked. Your index finger should be positioned above the arrow and then two fingers below the arrow. This way, the arrow will be kept a little steadier.


If you’re practicing shooting arrows for the first time, you’re going to be a little nervous, but you should try to be relaxed and confident. With your non-dominant hand, hold the bow. Your grip must be relatively relaxed. One of the biggest mistakes many beginners make is gripping the bow too tight, and this may impact your accuracy as you aim. 

To draw the bow, you need to point it toward the target with your dominant hand pulling back on the bowstring. Pull the bowstring towards your face ensuring the actual bow does not move. The bowstring should be fully drawn to the anchor point. The anchor point is the side of your face with your index finger touching the side of your mouth. This will help ensure that your aiming eye will be aligned with the bowstring, helping to improve accuracy within the shot. 

Once you have achieved your anchor point the next step is to aim at your target. This is generally using your eye. Aim slightly lower from your target to hit your target because most arrows are curved upward.

At this point you will release the arrow. While doing this you should not move, try as much as possible to be stable. Slight movements such as a flinch can cause your arrow to flight away from your intended target.

We Hope the guide above will be useful. It is not as complicated to start archery as it sounds. With these steps, time and practice it should give you a good starting point. 

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