We have a full-service archery department with specialists ready to assist you with initial set-ups, tune-ups, trade-ins, bow customization, arrow-cutting and re-fletching. Our experts will make sure your equipment is in its best possible shooting condition by the time you leave the store, whether you're buying a new bow or maintaining one you already have. They'll also assist you with any warranty issues that may arise.
These are the traditional, Robin Hood style bows and are shot much more instinctively than the compound bows. You aim while drawing back, holding 100% of the weight of the taut string, then let 'er loose. We carry bows, strings & stringers for the recurves and longbows, which can generally be maintained by the user (that's you).
Welcome to archery! Our archery staff are really into shooting bows, and they'd love to fit you to your first bow. They'll talk you through each step of the process, which starts with measuring your wingspan to find your draw length. Unlike recurves and longbows, compound bows have a set draw length (you can only pull the string back so far), so it's important that your draw length matches that of the bow.
Your draw length determines which bows will be a good fit for you, and will start to narrow down your selection of possible bows. Taking prices into consideration, you'll be directed to a few different bows, which you can then try out in our archery lane. Archery staff will give you a demonstration on how to shoot then assist you in releasing your first arrow.
When setting up the bow, staff will help you determine an appropriate draw weight for the bow. There is a bit of finesse involved in picking this number, because you don't want to set the weight at your maximum capability. While you may be able to demonstrate great strength with a high draw weight, you probably won't be able to draw the string back too many times, which makes archery less fun overall (and makes you tired!). A general rule of thumb is to set the draw weight at about 75% of your max in order to strike a balance between comfort and performance.
Generally more popular than the traditional bows, compound bows are highly customizable. The draw length of a compound bow is generally set (based on your draw length) and its construction allows you to pull back the string and pause a moment to aim before releasing the arrow. The bow is designed to hold about 20% of the total weight - a modern convenience to make bow-shooting a bit easier on you, as well as let you know when you've pulled the string back to the proper length.
Once you've chosen a bow, you can choose to customize the color of many aspects, including the bow itself, the string, dampeners, or cams. Available colors include different styles of camo, zebra stripes and other bright options like hot pink and orange.
After the initial set-up of your bow, it shouldn't require much maintenance unless you decide to swap out or upgrade components. Strings in particular do get beat up over time, and need to be replaced by qualified technicians with proper equipment. Waxing your string at home on a regular basis will preserve its life and keep it from getting fuzzy.
Arrows are not indestructible. If an arrow becomes crushed, dented or creased, the integrity of the arrow is compromised, causing the arrow to fail. A damaged arrow cannot handle the compressive force of being fired, and in the worst case scenario can end up piercing the shooter's hand.
Without an arrow in place to absorb the energy from the string being drawn back, the energy from your release is instead transferred out through the vibration of the limbs, string and everything else. Because of tension and moving parts combined, dry-firing can result in serious bow damage (we're talking cracked limbs, bent axles, string derailment and cam warping), a voided factory warranty, and even a possible explosion. Any bow that has been dry-fired should be inspected and tested by a professional before you take it back into the field.