Archery

 

A Wide Range of Archery Supplies

Most experts believe bows were invented around 10,000 years ago. They were probably first used to hunt animals for food. Since then, advances have seen bows win wars in medieval Europe and archery develop into an international sport. New archers may be interested in becoming the next Hawkeye, Green Arrow or Olympic champion. Others want to build a new skill that can also help put meat on the table. Either way, Walmart Canada can help you find the archery supplies you need to start your archery journey.

Find a Good Bow

When it comes to basics, all bows consist of a piece of string attached to elastic limbs. But since the Palaeolithic era, bows have moved past string tied to a curved branch. Modern bow designs include different shapes and materials. It’s important to choose one that’s the right size for you and suits the type of archery you intend to do.

A recurve bow has limbs that curve away from the archer. It stores more energy and makes the arrow faster. Modern compound bows use a pulley system to draw back the limbs, which means archers don’t have to rely on physical strength as much, letting them have greater power and accuracy from a distance. However, these bows are heavier, and archers need more technical know-how to carry out their own repairs. Archers may also consider crossbows, which are popular for both hunting and target sports.

If you’d like to introduce your kids to the sport, you can start with a toy archery set that doesn’t fire anything dangerous. Once you know they enjoy archery, you can move them to youth bows. These smaller bows have a lower draw weight, making them easier for growing bodies to use.

Add Some Arrows

Whether you’re hunting game or targets, the right arrow is essential. Among these archery supplies, you'll find a wide range of arrowheads and fletching, so you can customize your arrows. If you’re hunting big game, you can find mechanical arrows that deploy rear blades on impact. The right fletching makes the arrow fly straight, helping you hit the target every time. If you’re planning to hunt at night, you may wish to consider glow-in-the-dark nocks so you can see the arrow while shooting and when it’s in flight.

A comfortable quiver lets you store and carry your arrows and gives you easy access when you see your target. When you think of a quiver, you may imagine Robin Hood with his arrows slung across his back, but many modern archers use quivers attached to their bows. These are especially popular when using compound bows, and you can find the right style at Walmart.ca.

The Right Accessories and Archery Supplies

Many accessories can make archery a safer and more enjoyable experience. Equipment to protect your fingers and arms are an important consideration. Many archers, especially when new, find the bowstring bites into and scrapes their fingertips, sometimes causing them to bleed. Rather than giving up due to pain, pick up finger guards that offer a barrier between your skin and the string. Arm guards, or bracers, protect the inside of your arm from the bowstring and also stop clothing from catching and ruining your shot.

Other important additions to your archery supplies are aids to help you shoot. Stabilizers are used with compound bows to help balance the weight of the pulley system. Many archers like to keep their fingers out of the shooting equation, using a release aid to help achieve a clean release.

Don’t forget the archery supplies you need to keep your bow in good working order. A case can protect your equipment and make it easy to transport between competitions or into the wilderness. Having spare bowstring allows you to make repairs and keep on shooting.

Hit Your Target

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to hit your target. They come in a range of shapes and sizes. With some practice, you can hit the bullseye every time. If you’re more interested in hunting for dinner, you can buy targets in the shape of common game animals so you can practise hitting the right spot. This lets you be more efficient and ethical when you go out bowhunting.

 

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