Traditionally, courtesy and safety have been part of the heritage of archery. The Victoria Bowmen strongly encourage adherence to the BCAA Range Safety Policy when on any archery range.

While shooting is in progress, the individual archer should always be aware of the rest of the group they are shooting with. To this end, here is a list of Rules and Etiquette:

Indoor Range Rules

  1. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):
    • 2 short whistles – Archers to the line
    • 1 short whistle – Begin Shooting
    • 3 short whistles – Retrieve arrows
    • 4 or more whistles – EMERGENCY – All stop shooting.
  2. Check your equipment before shooting.
  3. Do not nock your arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line and 1 short whistle is blown.
  4. Shoot only at distances where you are likely to hit the butt. Move the butt closer if necessary.
  5. Never draw above the top of your butt.
  6. Shoot 3 arrows, more allowed if you don’t delay others.
  7. Step back from the line when finished shooting.
  8. When pulling arrows, be careful of those behind you.
  9. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  10. Please help set up, take down, and clean up.
  11. Ensure container is locked if you are last to leave.

Outdoor Range Rules

  1. Longer distance shooters use the east (right) side of the field.
  2. Shoot only from distances where you are likely to hit the butt. Move to a closer one if necessary.
  3. Nock your arrow only when all archers are on or behind their shooting line, however, if sufficient lateral and safe distance exists between archers shooting at different butt distances then groups may shoot at different times.
  4. Never draw above the top of your butt.
  5. Do not go behind the berm to retrieve lost arrows if others are on the range.
  6. Forbidden items on the range: vehicles, uncontrolled small children and pets, firearms, airbows, crossbows, and broadhead arrows.
  7. Keep the range and container area tidy and clean. Remove garbage.
  8. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. If last to leave, lock containers, container fence and entrance gate.

Range Etiquette

  1. Don’t talk or distract other archers on the line during the shooting of an end. However, visitors are allowed to talk in a normal manner behind the waiting line. This will reproduce the same atmosphere you will find at a tournament and will permit them to enjoy their visit.
  2. When you have shot your end, step back from the line several paces to give the other archers a chance to complete their end. In competition, there is an area 3 metres from the shooting line called “the waiting line”. You must be behind this line. This will allow the Director of Shooting to see who has yet to complete the end.
  3. Pass only encouraging remarks to your fellow archers.
  4. When you shoot an arrow you are not happy with, do not abuse your own shooting as this may distract others.
  5. When outdoors, help others look for lost arrows.
  6. Archers should walk, not run, on the shooting range.
  7. Respect the other arrows in the target while you are pulling your own.
  8. Volunteer for club chores such as butt setup/takedown, targets, collecting score sheets, etc. This will help make a stronger, more social and friendly club.
  9. Ask permission before touching the equipment of other archers.
  10. Take the time to thank the tournament officials for their help in organizing a tournament.
  11. Above all, be a good sport and have fun.