Basic Bow Safety

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 coming out in theaters just one week before Thanksgiving and the rampant holiday shopping that follows, tributes of all ages will certainly have Hunger Games-themed gifts on their wish lists. What could be more appropriate than classic recurve bow? Archery is good for your physical and mental health. It improves strength, balance, coordination, focus, and confidence.

Bow Safety Basics

  • Always point your arrow toward the ground as you nock it.
  • Never point your bow at a person or pet.
  • Do not draw your bow if there is someone between you and your target.
  • Do not fire your arrow high into the air unless you are participating in flight archery.
  • Do not pull the string of your bow back further than the length of your arrow. This is called overdrawing.
  • Inspect your arrows for damage or defects before you shoot them. If your arrow is weak or damaged it can break from the force as you fire, causing injuries.
  • Inspect your bow limbs and string for damage and wear before shooting.
  • Wax your string regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear, such as a fraying or stretched string.
  • Do not dry fire your bow. It can cause it to break or explode.
  • Unstring your bow if you will not be using it for a while. Opinions vary on how long you can leave it strung without causing damage. Wooden bows are more prone to damage from the constant tension than fiberglass bows.
  • Learn the proper technique for stringing your bow and always use a bow-stringer.

For more information on hunting accidents, follow our safety news. And if either you or loved one has been injured in a bow accident, please contact a qualified accident attorney.

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