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:

Whistle rules (Indoor and Outdoor): (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.

Indoor Range Rules

  1. Check your equipment before shooting.
  2. Do not nock your arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line and 1 short whistle
  3. Shoot only at distances where you are likely to hit the butt. Move the butt closer if necessary.
  4. Never draw above the top of your butt.
  5. Shoot 3 arrows, more allowed if you don’t delay others.
  6. Step back from the line when finished shooting.
  7. When pulling arrows, be careful of those behind you.
  8. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. Have your membership card with you when using the range.
  10. Please help set up, take down, and clean up.
  11. Ensure container is locked if you are last to leave.

    Individual Safety

    1. All shooting must be under the direct supervision of a Director of Shooting.
    2. Stringing a bow, if incorrectly done, can cause injury. Always use a bow stringer.
    3. After stringing a recurve bow, check to see that the string is on correctly.
    4. Check for damaged equipment such as cracked or twisted limbs, loose nocks, or points on arrows. Cracks or chips could cause an arrow to break on release. Destroy damaged arrows.
    5. Never shoot with arrows that are too short for you. They can catch on the bow and split on release, or they could go through the hand if overdrawn.
    6. Ensure that bowstrings are properly fitted and not worn. Arrows must be maintained, and other items of equipment such as arm guards and finger tabs must be properly fitted.
    7. Wear a Chest protector to contain loose clothing. Breast pockets should be empty.
    8. When approaching the targets to retrieve arrows, care must be taken not to walk into an arrow sticking in the ground or target. Nocks are very sharp.
    9. Never release the string of a bow (dry fire); when there is no arrow to absorb the weight of tension produced. This could cause breakage or injury.

    Range Etiquette

    1. Shoot only 3 arrows indoors and 6 outdoors, if you wish to shoot more, ensure you do not hold up others who have to wait for you.
    2. If you are delayed shooting your end of 3 or 6, do not hold up others on the line. The maximum time for 3 arrows is 2 minutes, and for 6 arrows is 4 minutes.
    3. Be patient, give sufficient time for archers to shoot their 3 or 6.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Pass only encouraging remarks to your fellow archers.
    7. When you shoot an arrow you are not happy with, do not abuse your own shooting as this may distract others.
    8. When outdoors, help others look for lost arrows.
    9. Archers should walk, not run, on the shooting range.
    10. Respect the other arrows in the target while you are pulling your own.
    11. 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.
    12. Ask permission before touching the equipment of other archers.
    13. Take the time to thank the tournament officials for their help in organizing a tournament.
    14. Above all, be a good sport and have fun.