How Far Should the Target Be in Archery?

Written by jay motes | 13/05/2017
How Far Should the Target Be in Archery?
The distance to set an archery target is based on a number of factors. (target image by Francois du Plessis from

A beginning archer should set the target close in order to successfully hit it. Missing a target can result in damaged or lost arrows, as well as pose a safety risk. Setting a target at 10 yards allows the beginner to hit the target and develop the skill needed to move it farther away.

Realistic Practice Is Required

How Far Should the Target Be in Archery?
Archery competition distances vary based on age and equipment. (boy playing archery. symbol of success.leisure. image by L. Shat from

Archers interested in organised competition or bow hunting need to be able to shoot at farther distances. Competitive archery shooting distances vary depending on the archery equipment and the archer's age. Many bow hunters limit their shots to 40 yards. Practice at all distances up to this range.

Bottom Line

Archers need to choose a distance that is comfortable for their skill level. As skill is built, targets can be moved farther away to distances that will be used in competition or hunting.

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