Hi, my name is Charlie Labarda. I’m here with
Expert Village, to talk about beginning archery. At this moment, we’re going to talk about
safety. The most important thing about archery; always think safety. When you’re shooting
an arrow, the arrow could travel a long, long way, and it will go very, very fast. If you’re
shooting at the backyard; you have to consider you have neighbors, animals, obstructions,
buildings around you. When you’re shooting out in a field; you’ve got to consider how
far your arrow will fly. If you’ve got to retrieve your arrow; you’ve got to know the
distance your arrow went so you can retrieve your arrow; because arrows are very expensive;
just depending on what type of arrow you have. Safety; another thing about the bow is if
you pull the bow and dry fire it; dry fire means no arrow on the rest, or no arrow on
the bow; if you let it go; several things could happen. The bow could explode; the limb
could break the string; many things, and it can hurt you, because you have no safety protection
over your face. Now; if you’re shooting around a lot of people; let them know that you’re
shooting, and make sure they’re behind you, not on the side of you, or in front of you.
At the league, when everybody is done shooting, they will say “clear,” and everybody must
look left or the right; make sure that it’s clear, because if it’s not, somebody will
say “wait, one more shooter.” So when you say clear; another person on the other end
will say clear, to make sure that everybody is done shooting, and they’re pretty much
walking the same time to retrieve their arrow, look at their score, look at their points.
On the way back, you must wait; then everybody gets back behind the line before you can shoot.
When the league goes on break; they will say “fire in the hole”. That means it’s ready
to shoot. You must stay behind the line when you hear that sound that says fire in the
hole. When you’re shooting at the 3D target; out in the woods, you have to make sure that
the next target you’re shooting at; all the people is gone, and moved on to the next target.
So you say clear, and they will yell out clear. That is all about safety. The most of all;
think safety in archery, and it will be a fun, enjoyable sport.