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December 1 Archery Challenge Advent Calendar: Shooting on One Leg

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When you come shoot a regular session at Lincoln City Archery, shooting on one leg is one of the first challenges you’ll face after learning how to shoot a bow and arrow traditionally. For many people, it’s a matter of five to 10 minutes before they are ready to try this. However, others need to shoot on one leg to more firmly grasp the concepts of traditional archery.

Standing at the line, put your arrow on the bow, raise your back leg, and tuck that foot behind your knee. Point at the target, draw the bow, and release when you have your balance.

A lot of people pull the bow and anchor in before they raise their leg. This changes their shot and not in a good way. By raising the leg before pointing at the target, your bow and body will find the proper position for hitting the target.

What does shooting on one leg do? It depends on the archer. For some, it’s just a fun thing to try. For others, it helps keep them from leaning back when they pull the bow. Still others have to concentrate on keeping their balance, so their thoughts can’t interfere with the actual shot.

Practice your balance and see what shooting on one leg does for you. When you’re done, you can shoot on one leg, two legs, or no legs. (That last one I like to call sitting.) Happy Holidays! (Be on the lookout for my new book, “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow,” coming out soon!) All our videos are on YouTube, so hit the thumbs up, subscribe and hit that bell icon!

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Tomorrow: Archery Challenge Advent Calendar!

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December is almost upon us, and I wanted to make sure you knew about the Archery Challenge Advent Calendar. For each day until the 24th of December 2021, I will be releasing a new video offering you an easy archery challenge. This series is meant for people who are relatively knew to traditional archery, though more experienced archers may find some of the challenges fun, too.

There are some things that you’ll need for the event, including:

  • An inexpensive bow
  • Three arrows
  • A rubber duck
  • A stick, paper towel roll tube, pool noodle
  • A washer, the metal circle with a circle cut out of it. (Not the kind you clean clothes with.)
  • An apple
  • A bell or jingle bells
  • A picture of Santa Claus
  • A Tic Tac Toe or Nick, Nock, No! target
  • Ace of spades
  • Three candles
  • A Santa hat
  • A picture of an undecorated Christmas tree

We’ve made it easier for some of these things by creating downloadable, printable targets that simulate many of these items.

Many of the videos are already loaded to YouTube and awaiting their premiere. Be sure to subscribe to Lincoln City Archery, click the thumbs up and hit that bell icon (with your mouse arrow not a real one). We hope you enjoy these small challenges.

If you can’t find an in person instructor for your archery skills, check out the right-handed shooting, left-handed shooting, and practice 15 minutes a day videos. If you need a bow and arrows for Archery Challenge Advent Calendar, come to Lincoln City Archery at the Lincoln City Outlets in Lincoln City, Oregon. We look forward to getting you on target for the holiday season.