Having fun making arrows and practicing archery while camping

The next time you go camping, try archery. It is a fun-filled activity and can give you a great way of entertainment and sense of accomplishment.

Read on for instructions on how to set the target, make arrows, and archery techniques.

The objective –

A target can be made from a burlap or oilcloth sack, about five feet square. Fill this with hay or straw.

It can be flattened with a few quilting stitches that can be traversed with a long packing needle. On this is painted white.

In scoring, the center is 9, the next circle 7, the next 5, the next 3, and the last circle 1. The shortest match range for the

the goal is forty meters.

Making arrows –

The arrows are divided into three parts: the head, sometimes called the stack, the shaft, and the feathers.

For the purpose, practice a wire nail driven into the end of the pile with the nail head filed and pointed, which makes an excellent head.

The shaft is generally made of walnut, ash, elm or pine, and its length depends on that of the arch. For a five foot arch, make the length two feet and the width and thickness about half an inch.

Feathering is the next operation. Turkey and goose feathers are generally used.

Remove the widest side of the three-feather paddle and glue them to the shaft one and one-quarter inches from the notch, spacing them evenly from each other.

A pen should be positioned at right angles to the notch. This is known as a rooster feather and you should always point away from the bow when the arrow is shot.

Archery –

The archery rules for the five essential points are as follows:

1. Standing:

When taking the position to stretch the arch, the heels should be seven to eight inches apart, the feet firm on the ground, but soft and springy, not stiff.

2. Nocking:

This is manipulating the bowstring. Hold the string with two fingers and the arrow between the first and second fingers. Grip firmly, but not in a way that makes any fingers uncomfortable.

3. Drawing:

When drawing, stand with the left shoulder towards the target, turning the head only from the neck and looking over the left shoulder.

Then lift the bow with your left hand, keeping the upper end bent a degree or two from your body. With your right hand draw the arrow up to the level of the chin and below the ear.

4. Holding:

Hold the target for a moment and keep the crosshairs directly in view, looking along the entire length of the arrow.

5. Lose:

When releasing the arrow, do not jerk, loosen it gently, and make sure the bow arm does not move when losing. Getting a clean and sharp loose is more than half the way to hitting the target.

Happy camping!

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