Archery | What to Bring for Competitions
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Archery | What to Bring for Competitions

August 12, 2019

Hello to you all. This is NUSensei and today we have a viewer question. This one is from Frank, and Frank writes “Hello NUSensei. I really enjoy your videos. I was wondering if you can make a video of what is in your archery case and what you take to a competition. Thanks again, and keep up the good work.” Why thank you. This is a very good request, and I’ll take this from both a personal point of view of what I myself carry in my case, as well as things you should generally bring to a competition. Bring a pen. No, I’m serious. While you usually get pens in your scoring package, everybody on the target should have a pen. You need people to score, you need people to double score, and you need people to mark the target. So if you only have one pen between four people, that can really slow down the scoring process. So bring a pen. Now what I carry in my bow case is pretty ordinary stuff. I’ve got my bow, limbs, riser, bowstring, quiver, arrows, stabilizers, bow stand, sight, chestguard, arm guard. And there are few things that I carry in my quiver itself, so, my bow square, an arrow puller, finger tab, finger sling, and bowstring wax, a screwdriver set, hex wrench set, target pins, scissors or pocket knife, pliers, hot-melt glue, and lighter. Hang on, why do you need hot melt and a lighter? I do most of my repair work at home, but if I’m at a competition I want to be sure that I can repair my arrows in the field if I lose points. I also like carrying spare thread. I’ve put a spool of leftover serving thread and some thicker sewing thread. The reason is I use these threads for my nocking points, and if my nocking points come loose or need to be replaced, I can do it right away. Some people carry stretching bands. These are great warm-up tools, and people like using them in between ends to keep their muscles warmed up, their feeling right, their alignment correct, so this is a pretty good idea to bring along. I do carry a micro fiber towel. This one came with my bow. I don’t use this for myself. I use it for my bow obviously. In wet weather or even really hot weather, when you’re really sweaty, sometimes the bow grip can be very slippery, so I like bringing a towel with me in my quiver just to dry it off between shots. I do have these Hoyt arm warmer sleeves which I reviewed a while ago. While I do normally wear compression wear, or thermal underwear, having extra sleeves that I can put on and take off, especially in really cold, windy weather is nice so I carry these in my bag. A hat. Now bucket hats are the preferable choice for most archers. The reason being is that the soft peak allows you to bend it as you need to, and it wont interfere with the string. There are other things I could bring with my case as well, like spare points and nocks, extra target faces, and so on, but it really depends on whether you want to carry it with you, leave it at home, or whether you’re shooting in a club that has spare parts already. Now if you’re preparing for a competition there probably are a few things you should pay extra attention to and make sure you bring. Probably the most important thing to remember is having enough arrows. Now in most target competitions, you will be shooting 6 arrows at a time. I’ve got 7 fletched arrows. This actually isn’t enough to be safe to prepare for a competition. Now I do have two extra bare shafts. These I use for tuning. I can fletch them if I need more arrows, but I actually find 7 arrows to be a little skinny. The reason is you will be losing arrows you might break an arrow, you might lose an arrow, you might lose a point, and unless you have spares, or you can do repairs in the field right away, then you might have to call an equipment failure and then catch up at the end, or you might be an arrow down every single end. So make sure you have sufficient arrows to cover you in case you go through extra arrows. Speaking of spares, I also carry spare tabs. Now these I carry in my quiver or my archery case. These are older ones which I’ve used before and I no longer actively use but I keep them around just in case. Not many things go wrong with tabs, but you might find the leather will rip or a screw falls out, and you have to use something else, so having a spare tab doesn’t hurt. It’s also a good idea to bring a spare string. A lot of competitive shooters will have two or three strings which they use regularly. The same brace height, same twists, same nock point, same tune. While strings are very durable it’s nice to have an extra one that’s already been used just in case something happens. If you watch the professional archers at world events some of them carry an entire second bow. Now I’m assuming you’re not sponsored, so you don’t need to spend thousands on two identical bows, but carrying spare parts isn’t a bad idea. Hydration is a very good idea. You are going to be shooting for hours, so make sure that you have plenty of fluids with you. If you’re shooting long distance events remember to bring a scope. These are allowed. You can put them on a tripod on the shooting line itself, assuming there’s enough space, otherwise most people put them behind the line. They are really useful because at long distance you cannot see where your arrow lands, so this is vital if you want to adjust per shot. This is very important, you must know your sight settings. Most people will carry it in a notepad, or on their phone. Other people might stick a giant piece of paper somewhere near their bag just to remind them what their sight settings are. It’s very important because you only get a couple sighting ends at the longest distance. Every other distance assumes you know your sight settings. So if you don’t know your sight settings, you’ve got to make sure you know what they are. And write them down. And that’s more or less what I carry with me to archery competitions. There probably are a few more things which I’ve left out, and my archery case is a little messy right now, but, anyway, I hope that answers your question Frank, and for everybody else, I hope you found this helpful. This is NUSensei, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. Question since there are many types of bow string waxes, what is the right type of wax for a bow string, and to add on to that question what in your opinion is the best material for a bow string and my last part of this question is how often should you wax your bow string

  2. String wax is necessary not just for the string. If you use screw-in points they tend to get loose so a bit of string wax on the threads solves the issue. Also on W&W risers the clicker plate extension gets loose so a bit of wax there too and no more annoying rattling…

  3. From my experience, I think arrow lube is also really nice to have (and crucial sometimes) for competition. Most of the competitions I go to use Whitetail target mats and sometimes the arrows really don't want to come out of those. Personally, I find that fatigue management is crucial in a tournament and if I can save energy pulling arrows, that might mean another arrow I can put in the center haha.

  4. hey NUSensei, i was wondering what your opinion on draw weight is, i am 16 and i am currently pulling about 50-55 pounds of draw very comfortably , and i have some people at my club saying that is too high of a poundage and others saying the is i can pull it i am fine. what do you think?

  5. Hey NUSensei. New archer and really getting a lot from your videos! I was wondering if you could make a video on finger slings: what materials are good to use, ways to tie them, and how to properly use them. Keep up the great work, and look forward to more videos in the future!

  6. Seems interesting that Lancaster made this video just 4 days after yours…

  7. Hey NUSensei,

    I know you did a video about what is a risers but can you make a video for buyers guide? I don't know which riser to buy, not sure which is good for certain price point.

  8. I have a Martin Jaguar 45# limbs, I have been shooting off and on for 2 yrs. but the Draw weight always seem to be a little too much and I have to quit within the 8th round of shooting 6+ shots. Any recommendations on what draw weight to use. I can get a pair of Samick Sage 30# for around $80 off of ebay, they are compatible with the Jaguar Riser. Again I have never changed the weight to the limbs and I only have enough money to get another set of limbs. I was just wondering your opinion of what other weight.

    Thanks you

  9. Beyond archery items, I always take whatever makes me feel less anxious. For instance, I'll take a snack and a bottle of water. Most clubs will sell these to you, but a) buying stuff between ends is not cool, as hurrying will hurt concentration; and b) I like feeling secure that I already have everything I might need on me, so I won't lose performance because I get thirsty or hungry OR because I'm worrying about these issues hurting me a few rounds from now.

    Any kind of medicine you regularly take is nice to have on you, even if you don't need it at the time. Again, peace of mind.

  10. thanks for all the helpful videos is there anyway that you could make a video on silencers and arrow fletching. Thanks

  11. +nusensei i once had a string snap at a competition
    It was my main string and the week after when I was shooting my spare my draw length came down by 1" I use the same brace hight and same twists .do you know what went wrong?

  12. so how does one get used to this equipment and is it all needed for every competition? some things are optional i guess. but whats the skill level needed to compete? what if i just do GREAT with less? you know minus you, enough arrows, and your bow well isnt that just it?

  13. Hello NUSensei… I wanna ask is there any age restrictions one Archery Competition?
    like Rio, Olympic Games, etc?
    Because i haven't seen any archer with age 30+ join the Olympic Games? why?

  14. hello NUsensei what I wanted to ask is that I am going to buy a bow for about 46 dollars which is about 670 in my currency is this a scam or a proper archery bow cost for beginners?

  15. I haven't seen any reviews of arrow pullers from you, but I think we can agree that Win&Win has the cutest one on the market.

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