A long-awaited new bow categoryFantastic news!For years now it’s bothered me, how traditional…

A long-awaited new bow category

Fantastic news!

For years now it’s bothered me, how traditional archers like myself would get penalised for using carbon arrows. Now I’m lucky enough to have been to many places on this amazing planet of ours and I’ve seen many archers doing it in many different ways, but by far one of the most popular ways of shooting that I’ve seen is with a traditional rig using feathered carbon arrows shot off the shelf. And over here in the UK it’s also becoming incredibly popular.

Though sadly archers choosing to shoot this way are usually lumped in with the barebowers. Now there’s nothing wrong with shooting barebow, some of my best friends are barebow archers. Though that form of shooting honestly doesn’t appeal to me, the equipment and the aiming methods used to do absolutely nothing for me, although I can hugely appreciate the skill involved in shooting that way and I am in awe of the barebow archer, but it doesn’t make my boy bags tingle the way shooting instinctively does!

And an instinctive archer either a beginner or someone with experience shooting with a trad set up, will be hard pushed, to take on the might of the gap shooting/string walking, aluminium riser’ed, plunger buttoned barebow Archer!

But what started as a little idea between a few like-minded friends to introduce a new shooting category called Traditional Bow Hunter, geared around a traditional set up but with carbon arrows, to bring us in line with many other countries around the world and the instinctive category of world archery, has now been voted in to existence for the NFAS! (National Field Archery Society)

It’s been a long road but I am absolutely over the moon that this category now exists. Unfortunately we did get a little bit of pushback whilst trying to introduce this category, as much as we all love the society it’s notoriously difficult to introduce anything new.

Even heard some of the naysayers saying that I only wanted this category so I could take home medals! Firstly (please pardon my language) I don’t give a shit about medals, never have done and I never will! That’s not why I shoot! (besides I more often than not take-home a medal shooting in the barebow class anyway, just sayin)

If truth be told I probably only shoot about four or five open NFAS shoots a year anyway!

This class was never actually intended for me and my friends, the class was intended to make traditional archery more accessible and more enjoyable for people.

And that’s kind of the whole point right? I love archery almost more than anything in the world, and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t trying to make more people get hooked on what I believe to be the world’s most incredible pastime!

I just wanted to thank the NFAS and everyone that voted for this new category. Together we have made Archery even better!

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Extend Your Range With These 3 Tips

Your target looks a mile away at full draw. When you release your shot, a second of silence follows as the arrow arcs toward the target. Then comes the satisfying smack as your arrow strikes the bull’s-eye. You can’t help but crack a smile.

Long-range archery shots deliver unexplainable yet undeniable joy. It’s a giggle-inducing fun that keeps you on the range for hours.

With the fun comes a new challenge, however. Farther distances amplify all the little inconsistencies in your shooting form and shot execution. To extend your range, follow these accuracy-enhancing tips.

Anchor Point

Consistency is the key to shooting excellence, and your anchor point – that specific spot where you hold your string hand at full draw – is a key contributor to accuracy. Anchor points vary based archery style, but consistency is their common trait. Your jawbone, for instance, is a great anchor site because it provides a consistent, motion-free launch site.

A secondary anchor point, such as pressing the bowstring to the tip of your nose, further improves accuracy. If you shoot a compound bow with a peep sight, be sure to center your peep in the bowsight’s housing so they look like concentric circles. Recurve archers can align their bowstring with the inside of the sight window to ensure horizontal consistency.

Once properly anchored, your string hand’s work is far from over. It still needs to help you execute a proper release.


To achieve a surprise release, turn off the brain waves that say, “Let go now!” Then relax your fingers or manipulate your release, and let the bowsight float in its natural arc. Photo Credit: World Archery

Whether you use fingers or a mechanical release, a surprise release is vital to accuracy. During an intentional release, your body naturally braces for the shot’s recoil, which causes small movements in your bow. In turn, those tremors cause inconsistent target strikes. You can try resisting the recoil by bracing, but it’s like trying not to flinch when someone feigns a punch to your face.

With a surprise release, your arrow takes flight before your body can react to the shot. To achieve a surprise release, turn off the brain waves that say, “Let go now!” Then relax your fingers or manipulate your release, and let the bowsight float in its natural arc. With a proper release, you’ll see your arrow speeding toward the bull’s-eye before you know the bow fired.


One of archery’s common misconceptions is that your sight must be completely still to achieve accuracy. In reality, it’s impossible to make a sight stop moving. The goal for your sight picture is a tight figure 8 floating around the bull’s-eye.

If your sight erratically jumps all over the target or moves up and down or left and right instead of a figure 8, you can improve your aim with stabilizers and form corrections.

Muscle tension in the bow arm’s shoulder often causes bad aim. To alleviate the tension, pull your shoulder low and forward to achieve bone-on-bone support instead of muscle support. Your coach can help you get this right.

Stabilizers move weight away from the bow, balancing it like a tightrope walker’s pole. Every archer uses slightly different stabilizer combinations. Visit an archery retailer to find the right stabilizer setup for your bow, and upgrade your bow with other distance-extending gear.

Practice these tips at comfortable distances, and then slowly back away from the target. By closely following that recipe, you’ll have a great time lobbing arrows long distances at the range.

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S3DA: Your Gateway To Youth Archery

Archers can pick up a bow at age 5 and keep shooting the rest of their life. Few sports provide such lifelong enjoyment, which makes archery unique.

An organization that’s forever introducing children to the sport is Scholastic 3-D Archery. The organization’s leader is Jennie Richardson, who spent 10 years coordinating Kentucky’s Archery in the Schools Program. She created S3DA as a next-step program to help beginning archers become lifetime archers. Richardson also wants S3DA students to progress to national archery organizations like ASA, NFAA, USA Archery and collegiate archery.

Richardson said S3DA provides a modified platform for kids that makes it easier for them to make the transition to archery’s parent organizations. S3DA welcomes archers of all skill levels. Beginners can become high-level archers, and more experienced archers can receive advanced coaching and opportunities to compete nationally.

Why start your child in archery? Because they’ll get to participate in an all-inclusive program that makes them part of a team. “If you’re part of something like S3DA, you get peer acceptance, community involvement and camaraderie,” Richardson said.

Archery isn’t like traditional ball sports, where it helps to be athletically gifted. “Archery is 97 percent mental,” Richardson said. “You have to focus, be disciplined and be confident. It doesn’t require as much physical prowess as other sports.”

That means children who can’t run like the wind or hit a ball out of a stadium can still be competitive and have fun in archery. Of course, archery is all about fun, which is why S3DA focuses on 3-D archery.

“Based on our surveys, 100 percent of kids enjoy shooting 3-D,” Richardson said. After all, 3-D archery features a variety of animal targets in wooded settings, which makes it exciting. Kids who have fun shooting eventually want to compete.

Richardson said S3DA holds regional tournaments within states, and then state-level events where students can qualify for national tournaments.

More statistics show this program in 36 states, and they meet after school in various venues. Richardson said about 35 percent of S3DA programs are school-based, and 65 percent work with clubs run by churches, archery retailers, sportsman’s clubs, city parks and municipalities. Photo Credit: S3DA

Although 3-D is S3DA’s most popular discipline, it also teaches indoor and outdoor target archery. “We added outdoor target archery for our college coaches, who were looking for a more well-rounded archer to come to their university,” Richardson said. “We thought it would give our kids an edge going into the collegiate programs.”

S3DA archers can also shoot a variety of equipment, including compounds, Olympic recurves and traditional bows. “We want to be a platform to propel our kids to the national ranks in many disciplines,” Richardson said.

How do you get involved in S3DA? It has programs in 36 states, and they meet after school in various venues. Richardson said about 35 percent of S3DA programs are school-based, and 65 percent work with clubs run by churches, archery retailers, sportsman’s clubs, city parks and municipalities.

To learn more, talk to your local archery retailer or visit S3DA.com to find a program near you.

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