Having Fun Making Arrow and Practice Archery While Camping
Next time when you go out camping, try to play with archery. It
is fun-filled activity and can give you great way for
entertainment and sense of accomplishment.
Read further to find intructions on how to prepare the target,
making arrows and archery techniques.
The Target -
A target can be made of a burlap sack, or oil cloth, about five
feet square. Stuff this with hay or straw.
It may be flattened by a few quilting stitches put right through
with a long packing needle. On this the target is painted.
In scoring, the centre is 9, the next circle 7, the next 5, the
next 3 and the last circle 1. The shortest match range for the
target is forty yards.
Making Arrows -
Arrows are divided into three parts: the head, sometimes called
the pile, the shaft and the feathers.
For target, practice a wire nail driven into the end of the pile
with the head of the nail filed off and pointed, makes an
The shaft is generally made of hickory, ash, elm or pine, and
its length is dependent upon that of the bow. For a five-foot
bow, make the length two feet and the width and thickness about
Feathering is the next operation. Turkey and goose feathers are
Strip off the broader side of the vane of three feathers and
glue them to the shaft one inch and a quarter from the notch,
spacing them equally from each other.
One feather should be placed at right angles to the notch. This
is known as the cock feather and should always point away from
the bow when the arrow is shot.
The archery rules for the five essential points are these:
In taking position to draw the bow, the heels must be seven to
eight inches apart, feet firm on the ground, yet easy and
springy, not rigid.
This is manipulating the bow string. Hold the string with two
fingers and the arrow between the first and second fingers. Grip
firmly, but not so as to give awkwardness to any finger.
In drawing stand with the left shoulder toward the target,
turning the head only from the neck and looking over the left
Then raise the bow with the left hand, keeping the upper end
inclined one or two degrees from the body. With the right hand
draw the arrow to chin-level and below the ear.
Steady the aim a moment and keep the point of aim directly in
view, looking along the whole length of the arrow.
In letting the arrow go, do not jerk, but loose smoothly, and be
certain your bow arm does not move when loosing. To get a clean,
sharp loose is more than half way to hitting the target.