Whether you enjoy shooting high-tech equipment or traditional gear, you’ll find plenty of friendly folks at your local archery club.
Most archery clubs meet weekly, which provides a great excuse to drop by and send a few dozen arrows downrange while making new friends. Although you’ll find infinite reasons to visit your local archery shop and join a club, let’s review the top five reasons you should get involved.
You’ll find no better place to meet like-minded people who share your archery passions than at archery shops and clubs. Clubs provide social settings where archers discuss everything from gear to hunting strategies. The atmosphere resembles the camaraderie found at deer camp, yet you can experience it weekly rather than annually! You’ll benefit from tips and tricks others share with you, laugh at common mistakes and failures, and, most importantly, enhance your overall archery experience.
The more you shoot your bow, the more comfortable and proficient you’ll become. Clubs encourage members to shoot year-round, so driving tacks into the bull’s-eye quickly becomes second nature. Improved accuracy builds confidence in archers and helps extend their range. You’ll shoot more efficiently and make shots you never before considered. You’ll also gain experience shooting in high-pressure situations with lots of distractions. Those sessions help instill the confidence you’ll need on the range and in the woods.
No one is better qualified than a pro shop’s bow technicians to help you get the most out of your gear. Whether it’s determining your draw weight and length, critiquing your form and follow-through, or suggesting the best equipment for your budget, pro shops are top-notch resources. Many of those bow techs also belong to nearby clubs, as do their counterparts from other pro shops in the area. By joining a club, you’ll receive firsthand advice from these experts. Don’t be surprised if you even find them subtly competing for your business when you need to visit a pro shop.
Trends and Technology
Archery equipment and technologies are always changing. For instance, two-blade broadheads with large cutting diameters swept the bowhunting scene over 10 years ago. And then a new sight that ranges your target and sets a holographic dot accordingly arrived earlier this year. You read it here first: This recent addition will change how we view bow sights.
You’ll stay up to date on archery’s latest gadgets if you join a club. The larger the club, the more you’ll marvel at what your counterparts pull from their bow cases. And odds are they’ll happily show off their new gear for you. Their trusted testimonials will help you tweak your setup until everything is just right.
Archery clubs help members pass the time during bowhunting’s offseason. Besides serving as antidotes to cabin fever and sweltering summers, archery clubs keep you shooting year-round. In the process, you’ll strengthen your “archery muscles” and create muscle memory that powers you effortlessly to full draw.
Those are just a few ways archery clubs help you get more out of archery, an inclusive sport enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned shooter, join an archery club. It’s a great way to achieve your archery and bowhunting goals.