...All about Archery

Some basic archery knowledge...

IMPORTANT! Never dry fire a bow.

Dry fire: Pull back the string without an arrow and let the string go.
A dry fire can damage the limbs (cracking), the string could break.
As a result, those broken or, damaged parts would fly around and could cause physical damage.

Draw length is measured in inches, and it’s a measurement of how far you pull back the string. Your draw length is archery’s version of your clothing size. Just as clothes get tailored to fit you, the bow you choose must fit your draw length.

To measure your draw length, stand with your back to a wall stretching your arms out against the wall. Measure the distance from the end of your middle finger to the end of your other middle finger, basically the length of both arms, hands and chest. This measurement, divided by 2.5 is your draw length.

If your draw length result for example 25.5 then round up to 26 inches.

When you know your right draw length add 2 inches on top of it. This would be your arrow length.

Draw weight of a bow is the amount of force applied to your fingers on the string while the bow is fully stretched, and it’s measured in pounds.
This weight changes with the length you stretch the bow.

The bow weight (poundage) is always measured at a standard 28″ draw length.

The poundage (#) is marked on the lower limb of the bow, for example: 30# @28. That means the bow has 30 pounds at a 28-inch draw length.

Traditional only…






Down by the bay traditional archery


Maritime Traditional Archery


Traditional Archers Association of Nova Scotia

Please check ANS for more information about Archery in Nova Scotia.

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