My First 25

About one year ago I started archery and nearly every single day since I’ve been loosing arrows. Its become part of my life. Today was the first time I’ve scored a 25, that is, all five arrows in the center. In this case that’s all five arrows in the yellow circle(s). You’ll note in the picture that one arrow is on the line, that counts as a yellow! I was shooting outdoors exactly 20 yards from the target with a light wind.

There are many ways to score shooting. For me I print and use FITA style indoor 20 yard targets but score my rounds like I’m using a NFAA target. The NFAA and FITA circles are the same diameter, the NFAA scoring is easier to keep track of. Charles Archery blog has a nice write up on terminology and scoring if you really want to know more.

For the past few months I’ve been shooting the Hoyt Buffalo take down recurve bow you see in the picture. Its a 60 inch bow rated at 50 lbs made in 2011 that I bought used through an online archery forum. It took me awhile to get used to the heavier weight of a metal riser verses the traditional wood bows I started with. But the additional mass has helped my accuracy, it dampens the vibrations when you release the string. Speaking of strings, the previous owner put a Silent But Deadly (SBD) string on the bow and I really like this high performance well made string. Recommended.