I Tried Archery. Now What? I Tried Archery. Now What?

You’ve tried archery and you loved it. We aren’t surprised, because archery is awesome. It’s a sport anyone can enjoy, with infinite ways to have fun shooting arrows. You might wonder what you can do after your first lesson. We have you covered.

Sign up for archery lessons to give your archery form a good foundation to build on. Photo Credit: ATA

Sign up for another lesson.

One lesson isn’t enough to master the bow and arrow. In fact, you can spend the rest of your archery life learning and mastering the sport’s many subtleties. Signing up for a couple of more lessons will give your archery form a good foundation to build on.

Join an archery club.

Archery clubs are great places to visit, shoot and socialize. These clubs often host tournaments throughout the year, which lets you dip your toe into competitive archery. Clubs are also great places to pick up advice from other archers, and explore archery’s different disciplines.

Whether you want to shoot inside or outside, at a range or in the wilderness, there is an archery style that meets your needs. Photo Credit: ATA

Explore archery’s diversity.

You’ll never run out of fun ways to shoot your bow. Some basic disciplines include 3-D archery, field archery, target archery, indoor archery, bowhunting and bowfishing. And the better you get at them, the more fun you’ll have exploring the many options within each discipline.

3-D archery and field archery combine golf, hiking and archery. Courses for 3-D and field archery are typically set up in the woods, so you can enjoy nature as you shoot your bow. These courses are set up much like a golf course, so you walk from target to target, with each one different and placed at varying distances.

Targets for 3-D archery are roughly life-sized, three-dimensional animal targets placed in realistic hunting situations. Photo Credit: ATA

The targets used in 3-D and field archery differ, however. Targets for 3-D archery are roughly life-sized, three-dimensional animal targets placed in realistic hunting situations. In contrast, field-archery targets are paper sheets of varying size, depending on the distance. Both disciplines offer fun ways to spend time outdoors with a bow.

Target archery uses the sport’s classic-colored targets, which are placed in a lush green field. This is the discipline you’ve seen in the Olympics and at many of the world’s most prestigious archery events. Archers shoot at targets at fixed distances on flat ground. Target archery features events and programs across the country.

Indoor archery lets archers shoot in comfort when the weather turns cold. Archers usually shoot at targets 20 yards or closer, and use three-spot targets like the one shown here. Some indoor ranges offer much longer shots. Photo Credit: World Archery

Indoor archery lets archers shoot in comfort when the weather turns cold. Archers usually shoot at targets 20 yards or closer, but some indoor ranges offer much longer shots. You aren’t restricted to paper targets, either. Some indoor ranges offer 3-D shoots with animal targets at longer distances. So, rather than store your bow in the winter cold, head to an indoor range to enjoy archery’s year-round fun.

When you step into the woods to bowhunt, you’re no longer a passive observer of nature. You’re an active participant in nature’s food chain. Photo Credit: John Hafner

Bowhunting

Every meat-eater enjoys putting organic, free-range meat on the table. So why not harvest that meat yourself? When you step into the woods to bowhunt, you’re no longer a passive observer of nature. You’re an active participant in nature’s food chain. You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible about animals, nature and yourself. To learn more about bowhunting, check out Bowhunting 360.

By now, one thing should be clear: The most important thing you can do after your archery introduction is to keep shooting the bow and arrow. If you need help finding equipment or a place to shoot, use Archery 360’s store and range locator.

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