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Archery Safety
Archery Safety
Children listening to instructions at an archery range

​​​​​Indoors

  • archery in the Schools tournament. Photo © Colorado Parks and Wildlife.Arrow safety curtains are hung no farther than 3 feet behind the archery targets and extend across the full length of the target line. 

  • No one is allowed behind the safety curtain while shooting is in progress.

  • All doors in the general shooting area are closed and warning signs are posted outside the doors where and when archery practice or competition is taking place. 

  • Doors behind the target line are locked or temporary barriers are used as a warning signal. (Do not lock doors that must remain open at all times—use a temporary barrier.)

  • shooting line is established at least 10 to 20 feet in front of the targets. 

  • Archers are spaced about 6 feet apart on the shooting line when shooting. 

  • A waiting line is used for those archers waiting their turn to shoot. All archers stand along and behind this line while not shooting. 

  • The waiting line is at least 10 feet behind the shooting line. (The waiting line is usually where the equipment is held or set in safe, non-shooting positions.)

  • A target line from which archers score their arrows is set 3 feet from the front of the targets.

  • Never knock an arrow except when at the shooting line and then only after a signal is given.

  • Never point a knocked bow and arrow anywhere except downrange.

  • Never cross the shooting line until and unless a cease-fire and all-clear have been called.

Outdoors

  • All shooting occurs away from any area where people might be.

  • Signs and safety tape lines are used to keep people at a safe distance from the archers. 

  • shooting line is established at​ least 10 to 20 feet in front of the targets however, archers may be as much as 15 to 20 yards in front of the targets. 

  • Archers are spaced about 6 feet apart on a shooting line when they are shooting. 

  • waiting line is used for those archers waiting their turn to shoot. 

  • The waiting line is at least 10 feet behind the shooting line. The waiting line is usually where the equipment is held or set in safe, non-shooting positions. 

  • All archers stand along and behind this line while not shooting. 

  • A target line is set 3 feet from the front of the targets and is the distance from which archers score their arrows.

  • Never knock an arrow except when at the shooting line and then only after a signal is given.

  • Never point a knocked bow and arrow anywhere except downrange.

  • Never cross the shooting line until and unless a cease-fire and all-clear have been called.