not support the use of archery for killing animals. But for those who
do, we want them to do it safely.*
First of all, be sure that
your tackle is well cared for and in good condition whenever you use
it. Donít store your bow in places with extreme temperatures or
humidity. Some bowhunters may leave their bows out at night so they
wonít bring it from a warm cabin into the cold morning air.
Most accidents are self
inflicted, basically from a lack of common sense. Cases such as
"stumbled and fell" can be prevented if the bowhunter doesnít
keep and arrow nocked until game has been sighted, besides watching
where he or she is going, therefore reducing the risk of falling on a
drawn arrow. The best thing to do is keep the arrow in the quiver,
until you are ready to shoot.
Lone bowhunters can get
into serious trouble if injured, so it is a good idea to hunt with
others, although each archer must be aware of the others and keep a
safe distance, for should one trip or stop suddenly someone may get
In bowhunting, quivers need
careful inspection. If a broadhead arrow can work itself through one
of the bottom seams, even the slightest bit, it can injure someone.
One thing you can do is take a thin sheet of metal, like copper, and
fit it inside the quiver lining the bottom. The cup insert should come
up about four inches and fit tightly enough so that a point cannot
work itself between the metal and leather. Lastly cover the insert
with thick sponge rubber so that the broadheads wonít dull or clang
against each other.
Like with any sport, a
first aid kit should be taken along. Besides the basic kit, the archer
should have a snake-bite outfit, as well as insect repellent.
There is no excuse for one
bowhunter mistaking another for game. First of all the archer should
already know their weapon is short range, and not attempt a shot
unless they were absolutely sure. Also, as a rule, the bowhunter must
be able to clearly see the vital zone of the game to make an effective
shot. This rules out (if properly acknowledged) the possibility of one
hunter mistaking another for a game animal.
Not all accidents occur in
the field. Many an arrowsmith or bowyer have sliced their hands while
sharpening a point or filing an edge. Work carefully with your
equipment so that if you should slip, nothing will spear your hand.