Autumn leaves and the last warm weather means indoor archery season is upon us, and that’s an exciting time for archers. Targets get closer for easier aiming, we get to shoot in temperature-controlled environments(!) and, of course, it’s a great excuse to shop for gear.
Here are five ways to up your gear game for indoor archery:
Buy a Bow
Whether you’re tired of renting a bow at the archery store, or you’ve been drooling online for months over the newest bow colors and styles, now’s the time to buy. Pro tip: Many bow companies release the coming year’s products in fall and winter, which means sales on existing stock might be possible. It’s also a great time to buy that hot new bow, and be the first kid on the block with the greatest new gear. Either way, bows come in all shapes, sizes AND prices, whether you’re new to archery or upgrading your gear.
Switch Up Your Arrows
Ever heard the terms “indoor arrows” and “outdoor arrows?” Yep, seasonal arrows are a thing … sort of. If you’ve been shooting outdoors all year using composite arrows (usually aluminum and carbon), or all carbon or fiberglass arrows, consider a sweet new set of aluminum arrows to get the stability and forgiveness you’ll want for indoor shooting. Yes, you can use your existing arrows for indoor season and hit the target. But … if you’re reading this article, you’re probably predisposed to archery shopping (who isn’t?). So, if you need an excuse to shop, this is it. Order your arrows in a color scheme you love. You can spec out your nocks and feathers, and even add wraps to totally customize them.
Save Money and Still Shop
Want to do some archery shopping but can’t quite lay out for a bow or arrows? Think about getting your own gear to go with your rental gear at the archery store. A great way to start is to hook yourself up with a new armguard. They come in all kinds of colors, designs and materials. Or get your own finger tab if you shoot a recurve bow. Finger tabs offer tons of shopping options, including the type of leather and fit, and some offer color options. Plus, your own finger tab will mold to fit your hand, improving your accuracy. There are lots of beginner release aid options, too, if compound is your choice of bow.
Quivers Make Us Quiver
Whether you rent your gear or buy it, carrying arrows safely is essential in indoor archery. Consider buying a quiver, which can be worn across your back, a la Robin Hood; or on your hip, where it’s usually held in place with a belt or hook. Quivers can be fancy and completely personalized, or they can be simple and effective. Either way, they’re multi-purposed: They carry arrows (some have plastic tubing inside), provide a pocket for your armguard and release-aid and/or finger tab, and sometimes offer additional storage as well. As with everything in archery, quivers come in tons of colors and materials, and with endless options at various price points.
On Target for Success
So, you might be wondering where you can use all your new gear this season. The great news is that while many archery stores and clubs offer indoor space to practice, you can also get your game on at home. Here’s another pro tip: You don’t need much space when practicing your technique. Once you’re consistent enough to hit the target 100 percent of the time at 10 yards or more, put a target 3 to 5 yards away in your garage, basement or spare room, and you have yourself a great little indoor range. Be sure the target is rated for your bow, and consider hanging your target instead of putting it on a chair. It will withstand a bit more practice that way.
Whether your indoor archery prep takes you to the archery store for all new gear or just a few fun items, a little archery shopping puts you on point when you arrive for practice!