Hunting Saftety

Hunting Saftety
By Thomas Forbes from his book 'Guide To Better Archery'

The modern bow is a superior weapon when compared to its ancient counterpart. Knowledge of the strength of materials and modern manufacturing methods and techniques have pro­duced a bow which is outstanding in performance in the hands of an experienced bowman.

In the field the archers' code of conduct is predicated on the necessity to safeguard himself and his fellow archers from avoidable and regrettable accidents. Safety and courtesy can be considered synonymous terms in archery. To practice one is to assure the other. Wisconsin has not had a bow-hunting accident during any open season from 1934 to and including 1953. Pennsylvania enacted the neces­sary legislation to permit the bow to be used in hunting in 1929. One self inflicted injury was reported in the 1954 spe­cial season. The injury was incurred when a bow hunter stumbled and drove a broadhead into the calf of his leg.

Self Inflicted Injuries and How to Avoid Them

1.Relax the bow arm at full draw, with the elbow joint turned down and out to avoid striking the elbow section of the arm or the upper part of the lower forearm with the bow string.

2.Train the shoulder of the bow arm to stay down and back to avoid striking it with the bow string. A light bow is preferable in learning the proper technique. The tendency to hunch the shoulder of the bow arm to relieve the strain is increased as the drawing weight of the bow increases.

3.The use of an arm guard is necessary to prevent injury to the bow forearm above the wrist. Proper shooting form will result in the bow string striking the forearm. If you are twisting your wrist to prevent the string striking the forearm just above the wrist, you are holding the bow improperly, and your marksmanship will suffer.

4.Wear a finger guard to protect the three fingers of the shooting hand used to draw the bow string. Before the tips of the fingers become tender and sore, apply Tincture of Benzoin which will toughen the skin. Beginners should be particularly careful to proceed slowly and stop shooting for the day when the fingers become tender.

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