Archery: 5 Ways for Adults to Get Started in the Sport

Archery: 5 Ways for Adults to Get Started in the Sport

This post was originally published at Women's Outdoor News and is reposted here with the publisher's permission.

Interested in archery? The best way to get started is to find someone willing to teach you to shoot. This can be done in several ways, either with a group or on your own. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to get to the range and pick up a bow.

There are lots of opportunities for adults to get into archery! (The "How-To" Gun Girl photo)

There are lots of opportunities for adults to get into archery! (The "How-To" Gun Girl photo)

1. “Try Archery” Events

One simple way to try out archery is to attend a local event where instructors are running demonstrations, often referred to as a “Try Archery” event. Keep your eyes peeled for events run by local archery shops, parks and recreation departments, or state wildlife management agencies. A quick Internet search revealed to me that there are adult archery classes taking place less than 10 minutes from my house, run by a neighboring town’s recreation department. And even if the program you find looks like it might be oriented for kids, it is worth asking if adults can try archery too. If your local parks and rec department doesn’t have a class, ask if they could put one together. You’re probably not the only person in your town interested in picking up new archery skills.

2. USA Archery and ATA’s Explore Archery Program

Another option to seek out is the Explore Archery program run by USA Archery and the Archery Trade Association. I learned about Explore Archery in a recent archery instructor course, and it sounds awesome. New archers learn how to safely handle a bow and arrow while they try a few different “fun” shoots, including shooting at flying foam discs. Follow this link to find a local event.

This "Try Archery" event at Rockcastle Shooting Center gave my friends and I an opportunity to try out the universal compound bow. We got to shoot at flying foam discs! (The "How-To" Gun Girl photo)

This "Try Archery" event at Rockcastle Shooting Center gave my friends and I an opportunity to try out the universal compound bow. We got to shoot at flying foam discs! (The "How-To" Gun Girl photo)

Interested in the other three ways I recommend to for adults to get started with archery? Click over to the original article at Women's Outdoor News

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