Archery is an enjoyable pastime for many people. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, you’re sure to have fun when you take your bow to the range. However, there comes a time where shooting at a static target can get boring. That’s why you need to change things up every so often. If you are unsure of how to do that, continue reading this list of unique ways you can use a bow and arrow to bring the joy of archery back to you.
Add Some Challenge
If you don’t have a way to make your standard target move while you shoot at them, then you’re going to have to get creative. Our first suggestion is to throw some old objects up into a tree and shoot them down with some old arrows that you wouldn’t mind possibly damaging. Make sure there’s nothing behind that tree that you’d hit if you missed.
If that isn’t hard enough for you, you could try the classic “shooting an apple off someone’s head” (minus the person’s head, obviously). You can shoot any type of fruit—all types make great small targets and are satisfying to shoot. Take this modification to the extreme by putting a ping pong ball over an air vent. Not only is the tiny target hard to hit, but it’s constantly moving up and down.
The key to keeping archery entertaining is to up the difficulty. There’s no better way to do that than to try shooting the way our ancestors did: no sights, no stabilizers, just you and the naked bow. This will be your true test of whether you’re as skilled as you think. Of course, it’s okay to fail in this challenge—if you keep trying, you will improve and impress all of your archery friends.
Change Up the Way You Shoot
If things are feeling a little too stale, you should change your stance or the way you hold your bow. If none of those feel natural, try out a new bow type. There are four primary kinds that you can try out, but if you’re looking for an entirely new way to shoot, experiment with the crossbow. If that’s the one you currently use, you can try any of the others to get the same effect of trying something new.
Have Some Fun With It
Now it’s time for our most unique ways you can use your bow and arrow. The goal is to have fun with it. Try shooting some paint-filled balloons that you set up against a canvas, or perhaps a candy-filled piñata that’s hanging from a tree branch. No matter what you choose, it will be a good time for you and anyone who’s watching.
Another avenue you can take is to make shooting a group activity. Paintball is well known as a fun group shooting activity. Archery tag is similar, except you use bows and arrows. It’s relatively safe and less painful than paintball since you use bows tipped with foam “marshmallows.” Archery tag is a great time for all involved.