Bow and Arrow for Safety

Remember to be safe when using your bow.

Bowhunting and archery safety rules cover every aspect of using a bow and arrow, such as handling, storing, and shooting.

In several states, a bow and arrow are thought of as a firearm. Therefore, the same rules that apply to firearms also apply to bows and arrows.

  • You should check local laws and follow the archery safety rules.
  • A bow and arrow should only be pointed in a safe direction.
  • An arrow should only be nocked when it’s safe to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what is in front of it, right behind it, and beyond it.
  • Never, ever shoot over a ridge.
  • Only shoot when you have a safe range or shooting area, as well as a safe backstop or background.
  • Don’t dry-fire a bow (releasing the bowstring without a nocked arrow). It might cause serious harm to the bow and can injure the archer.
  • Never shoot an arrow vertically.
  • Wear finger protection and an armguard while shooting bows and arrows.
  • Handle arrows cautiously. Safeguard yourself and the arrow points by using a covered arrow quiver.
  • Use a bow-stringer for recurve bows and stringing longbows.
  • Quickly fix defects in equipment.
  • Before each use, inspect your bow for dents, cracks, breaks, separating laminates, peeling glass, and defects in mechanical parts.
  • Inspect the bowstring regularly and replace it if it is frayed or worn. Frequent use of bowstring wax extends the life of a bowstring.
  • Check arrows for dents, cracks, or bends. Discard any that have permanent damage.
  • Store your bows in bow cases, possibly hard cases and store recurves and longbows unstrung.
  • Store arrows in quivers and accessories in a padded bag or durable box.
  • Check your emotions and think about safety first.
  • Don’t drink or take mood-altering drugs before, during, or after shooting a bow.