Outdoor Target Nationals and Field Nationals are now complete and champions have been crowned. But, the outdoor season is not quite over. USA Archery’s USAT Series has one more outdoor event and there are still several local shoots left, including more opportunities to earn outdoor achievement pins!
As we start to wind down the outdoor season and your equipment has gone through a ringer of a season, let’s go through some equipment checks that should be done every time you shoot. It’s easy to become complacent with your equipment, but we have to make certain checks every time as some funky stuff can happen when set screws fall out, twists come out of strings, or cracked nocks show their ugly faces at inopportune times. So, here’s my check list for practice and competition:
1. Limbs: You’ve counted and have 2 of them. Cool! Have you checked them recently for cracks of any kind? Also, when you mount them, make sure you’re putting the top limb on the top of your riser and the bottom limb on the bottom of your riser. This sounds like a no brainer, but I’ve seen experienced adult shooters make this mistake often because they’re chatting with someone as they put their equipment together. If this happens, it won’t break anything, but your arrows will NOT fly well.
2. Riser: Without looking at your riser now, are your limb bolts set screws tight or loose? Have you heard rattling when you shoot? This could be a cause. Now let’s check the components attached to your riser:
a. CLICKER: If you have a riser mounted clicker, be sure that’s tight. If you’ve got a clicker that cam with a cute looking wing-nut-thingy, get rid of that pronto! Those things do NOT stay tight and will allow your clicker to move. Get a plastic washer and a nut that you can screw in with an Allen wrench and make sure that it’s not moving at all.
b. REST: If you have a stick-on rest, is the sticker still sticky? Or has it melted a bit in the heat, allowing the rest to slide down the side of the riser? Also, is the arm of your rest secure and in the correct position? If you have one mounted with screws or you shoot compound and have a blade, is it in the correct position and secure? If it’s a drop-away rest, is it moving properly when you shoot, or is it hanging up?
c. PLUNGER: This one gets a LOT of people in trouble, all because of a little thing called a set screw. These tricky little buggers work their way loose with the force of shooting. These should be checked every time you shoot, practice or competition! A lost set screw with affect your button tension and, therefore, your arrow flight…significantly! Check, check and recheck these guys!
d. STRING: Are there frayed sections? Is the serving still good, or is it starting to fray? How about the ends of the strings? Are the loops still in good shape? Is your nocking point secure, or is it sliding up and down the string? For compound shooters, how’s your D loop looking? Has it stretched or stays consistent?
3. ARROWS: are your points and nock pins properly inserted and secure or are there any gaps? Are all vanes/fletches, tape, etc. in good working order? How about the nocks? Any cracks? Do you have at least 9 good arrows for competition? A dozen is ideal (heck, 3 dozen would be great), but as long as you have 6 for scoring and a couple 2, 3 for spares IN YOUR QUIVER, you’ll be fine.
4. TAB/RELEASE AID: Again, there’s some teeny-tiny screws that can really mess up your day. For recurve shooters, are all your screws securing your leather to the plate present and accounted for? What shape is the leather in? Do you have a spare just in case it breaks or you lose it on the field trail? Do you have a pouch or pocket you can keep it in to keep it dry? For compound shooters, do you have any screws loose? (Ha! Ha! I made myself laugh at that one.) Seriously, though, are all the screws secure on your release aid? Is the tension screw secure and in the correct position? Do you have a spare in case of a failure/loss? Do you have a pouch to keep your releases nice and safe and dry?
5. MISCELLANEOUS: Every shooter has their own set of ancillary equipment that allows them to shoot their best shot, be it glasses, hats, chest protector, comfy shoes/boots, etc. Be sure to maintain these items as well. If you’ve gotta go out on the field range with old, nasty shoes because you lost or somehow busted your good, comfy hiking boots, your day’s not going to go as well as it could. Do yourself the favor and maintain YOUR equipment. All of it. Count on Mom and Dad to get you there, but YOU have to take care of the equipment!
If you think of anything else that should be added to this list, let us know! We may post this in the club so everyone can benefit from a reminder list.
So many of our AAP members travel for shoots all over. Experiences are shared in the AAP sessions, but they need to be added to the website for the club to be able to see and share. Please email photos, summaries of AAP events, etc. to Heather Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org they can be uploaded to the CBH/AAP webpages. Let’s show CBH all that our AAP members have accomplished!
AAP Achievement Pin shoots take place the 2ndMonday of each month.
(Reminder, participation in the achievement pin program requires membership in USA Archery.)
3D Shoots – See CBH Shoot Schedule
Upcoming Local, State & National Events
Shoot Name Date(s) Location
Half Field Round September 7 Chicago Bow Hunters, Bolingbrook, IL
900 Round for CPDAA Champ. September 15 Chicago Archery Club, Chicago, IL
Midwest Barebow/Trad Champ. September 21 Wheaton Rifle Club, Wheaton, IL
900 Metric Round September 22 North Side Archery Club, Chicago, IL
JOAD/AAP Pin Shoot September 22 Wheaton Rifle Club, Wheaton, IL
Texas Shootout (USAT 4 of 4) September 20-22 College station, TX
If there are other shoots that are not listed here that you think should be included, please email that info to me at email@example.com and I will be sure to include them in the next web page update.