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How Far Should the Target Be in Archery?

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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Realistic Practice Is Required

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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About the Author

Jay Motes is a writer who sold his first article in 1998. Motes has written for numerous print and online publications including "The Dollar Stretcher" and "WV Sportsman." He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and political science form Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.V.

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