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Archery Women: Part Two

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Archery |

Archery women are so amazing we felt you deserved (at least) a follow up article of praise! AND we LOVE this Shoot like a girl anthem song.

We suggest you play it while your read the rest of this article.

Archery Women in History

Greek mythology describes an aggressive tribe of brutal, beautiful female warriors who listed war as life’s main concern. They trained, they killed and they conquered with swords, knives, daggers, and bows and arrows.

From the world stage to backyard woods and throughout ancient mythology, women and archery have long been a perfect match. Girls and women who want to try archery and bow hunting can seek help from several groups and organizations in every state.

Archery Women in Literature and Movies

SUSAN PEVENSIE (The Chronicles of Narnia)

In The Chronicles of Narnia series, Susan Pevensie ends up learning the skill of archery and becomes quite proficient with a bow and arrows.  In the first film adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as in the book, Susan is gifted her bow and arrows by Father Christmas. While Susan is only 12 years old, she shows an immediate talent for the skill of archery. By the second film, Prince Caspian, she has honed her archery skills and puts them to good use in the battle against the Telmarines. Critics have noted that while Susan is dissuaded from fighting in the novels published during the ‘fifties, she is given a bigger piece of the action in the films produced in the new millennium. but I don’t see a problem with that!

KATNISS EVERDEEN (The Hunger Games)

With Mockingjay there was no way that Katniss Everdeen was not going to make this list. In the dystopian nation of Panem, Katniss grew up in the poor coal-mining state, District 11. She first picked up a bow and arrows out of necessity, learning to hunt in order to help feed her family. When her young sister’s name was selected to represent her District in the grizzly Hunger Games (a televised fight-to-the death where children from each district battle it out until only one is the victor), she volunteered to take her place. Using a combination of her archery and survival skills, Katniss is able not only to win the Hunger Games but also manages to change the rules.

Fun Fact: Katniss’ name is taken from a plant called sagittaria (or arrowhead) which takes its name from the Zodiac sign Sagittarius- the archer!

ABIGAIL WHISTLER (Blade: Trinity)

In the movie Blade: Trinity Abigail Whistler is one of the ring leaders of the Nightstalkers, a team that acts as Blade’s personal support group of bad asses.  Abigail hunted vampires with a compound bow, often saving the day and coming to the aid of her male counterparts. This compound-bow-carrying-heroine was no damsel in distress.

We can look all through history and now on the big screen and see many women archers.  Today we can also look for organizations that will help women find their place among the best archers out there.  A great place to start is with arcHER.

Archery Women Today

It’s all about her! arcHER continues to be driven by professional women arcHERs who are dedicated to promoting and helping woman arcHERs grow in our sport. arcHER not only provides helpful tips, but is a premier arcHERy related media source, engaging the arcHERy community while focusing on the women arcHER’s and our youth.  Meet the 2018 Ambassadors they have passion and knowledge to share.

 

 

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Buck Fever: How to stay calm when the perfect deer appears!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Bow Hunting |

Buck Fever is the nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter at the sight of game.  I would be willing to argue that it is not just inexperienced hunters. Maybe not just in the realm of hunting either.  We have all experienced that moment when nerves seem to just dissolve.

Dealing with this “target panic” is one of the greatest challenges that faces a hunter every fall.  What you do next will determine how you will get to tell the story over the water cooler.

People have come up with many ways to deal with buck fever, and although there is no one right answer, here are some suggestions that have worked for some hunters:

  • Focus on controlling your breathing. Take very slow deep breaths. Breathe in, completely filling your lungs, hold it and then slowly release all the air out. Doing this during the moments leading up to a shot seems to help control your heartbeat and generally calms you down.
  • “Don’t over think! Just take a deep breath and try to pretend like your taking practice in your backyard.”
  • As the deer approaches, picture the deer naked (not naked naked, but where it’s vitals are).  Start focusing on the deer and where you are going to put sights. Whatever you do, don’t look at the antlers again.
  • Keep your mouth closed, and breathe out of the nose.  To help slow your heartbeat. Less intake of air helps to focus more on your shot.
  • When that deer’s head is behind a tree, or when it looks the other direction that’s when you get ready for your shot, i.e. drawback.
  • Do not focus on the antlers. Rather focusing on the shot placement. actually try to pick out an exact hair where you want to hit.
  • Aim small, miss small.  It works, just try to control your breathing.
  • Focus on the tuft of hair, start to sing your favorite song in your head while breathing very slowly and finally before the release, breathe in deep and exhale soft and slow and finally at the very end of the exhale  let it fly.

Hope this helps and practice will make it perfect.  Just to get to this point, with a shooter buck or doe in front of you, you must have done close to everything right. But it is these crucial few seconds at the end of your journey that will decide the ending of your great hunting story.

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MEDITATION AND ARCHERY

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Archery |

You might not think of meditation and archery in the same sentence, but hear me out on this.

What is Meditation?

Simple to explain: meditation is a proven method of relaxing both the mind and the body. Maybe not so simple to do!!

In order to meditate, all you need is:

  • a safe space,
  • proper breathing,
  • a mental point of focus,
  • and the ability to think of nothing else but the present moment.

Anyone can do it.  Taking some time everyday to quiet your mind, take a deep breath, and center yourself through a skill as old as humankind itself.

HMMMMM!! Does this sound familiar?

What does archery do for you?

The process of mastering the bow is more than just getting good with a weapon. In order to achieve perfection, one must be able to focus, clear their mind, and concentrate on the simple movements involved.  So when it comes to archery remember that if what you are doing is instinctive, devoid of analytical thought, and pure in intent … then you are practicing a form of meditation.  Not to mention you are getting really good!!

Related: Archery for Kids – GOOD REASONS TO GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Like any martial art, you must have perfected your basic form to the point where you don’t actually have to think about it. All you have to do is quiet your mind and focus your intent.

  • Pick up an arrow
  • Line it up with the bow
  • Pull on the bowstring
  • Breathe in and out properly and slowly
  • With only minimal movement from the rest of your body
  • Release

 

Unlike other forms of meditation, archery gives you a simple goal to focus on…Just hit the target!

Archery requires your mind and body to enter a state of calmness and intense focus. The more you practice archery, the easier it is for both your mind and body to re-enter this state

Sound familiar?

That’s because archery is largely considered to be a form of meditation.

OOOOOHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMM

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Women in Archery

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Archery |

YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!!!

There are a lot of great women in archery. Here is how they shot their way into the Olympics and beyond!

Women’s sports in the late 1800s focused on correct posture, facial and bodily beauty, muscles, and health.  The first Olympic games in the modern era, which were in 1896 were not open to women.  Since then the number of women who have participated in the Olympic games have increased dramatically.

“I do not approve of the participation of women in public competitions. In the Olympic Games, their primary role should be to crown the victors.”  Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee  (Who ever thought of that? – Crown Placing 101)

Well in 1904 Archery became open to women participation!!

Guess what?  TODAY At least 50% of Olympic athletes are  – you guessed it WOMEN!!! Also true in Junior Olympics.

The female hunting audience has also expanded quite a bit in recent years.   Whether because of bow-toting heroines like Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” series, or simply due to a rise in overall bow-and-arrow popularity.

Slick compound bows are often the weapon of choice for women.

The swell in female hunting interest has changed the way many bow manufacturers sell their products. In the past bows were designed exclusively for the length of the male arm. Compound bows are now offered in a wider range of sizes and shapes – perfect for hunters of all sizes and genders.  Not every woman wants to go tromping out to hunt with a glittery, pink fashion statement of a hunting tool with heart cut-outs.  These days, reviews often focus on the aesthetic design of bows designed for women, as opposed to the fact that they are simply stripped down versions of so-called “men’s” bows. Female archers can expect to find bows offering the same features, just scaled down to weigh less.

Classes are being offered specifically for the female archer.  Shooting competitions are more and more gearing their events to women in archery.  

Besides, we’ve all heard it before: Women are usually better shots that men. I believe it–how about you?

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RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS AND MY LIFE

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Uncategorized |

In the world of ARCHERY, there must be some RULES!!!

Rules for Archery Tournaments are made to give all the participants the same advantage and most of all for safety.   At some tournaments there is a whistle system which may be used with beeps or other auditory signals. There may also be a clock, a lighting system or a series of flags to let you know when to shoot.  These are the colors you will see in competition:

  • Red means you may not shoot.
  • Yellow means that the end will be over in the next thirty seconds.
  • Green means you may shoot.

RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS: Colors

A small child knows these three colors from a very early age and anyone who has a driver’s license better know these three colors and what they mean!!  It is also very good to know these as a pedestrian at any intersection. Sometimes there is a big hand sticking up on a post to tell you to walk or not walk (but not always.)

This being the case, I was thinking of having this very same traffic sign installed at the entrance way to my house.

We have RULES and we have tried the “whistle system” to no avail. What could it hurt??

GREEN:  Enter – I’m in a great mood, the house is fairly clean and supper is simmering on the stove waiting for my lovely family to be seated around the table.

YELLOW:  Enter with caution…It has been one of those days.  I’m totally behind schedule, slightly frazzled and the house is disorganized at best.  The dog had an accident and that was a priority instead of planning dinner. You may even consider giving me a hand so that possibly this evening will not be a total bust.   There are at least 50 things I need to do – not much time and not much energy.

RED:  STOP and consider if this is going to be worth it to you.  I have a migraine!! I was going to pick up pizza but forgot my wallet. I was running low on gas and also had no money to fill up.    Late for dentist appointment, late for teacher meeting, late for work. Thanks for all of your support – by the way, where were you guys when I was carrying in all those groceries??  If you are still considering entering, watch your step – Yep you guessed it –the dog again. (Oh and one more thing – this would be a great time to remember to put the toilet seat down–for my wife!).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a GREEN day.

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