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Archery Tips for Beginners | Good Beginner Bows

These days, a lot of people are learning the art of shooting for self-defense. One of the great things about archery is that fewer people are probably learning it for purely practical reasons. Maybe there will be a point in your life where a bow is just what you need in order to defend yourself, but in all likelihood, this is something that you’re probably doing for fun. It’s great to still have activities like that. Then again, I’ve learned from experience that people tend to run away from someone who’s holding a bow and arrow, so maybe the people who are learning archery for the sake of self-defense are on to something.

If you want to learn archery, you’re eventually going to need to learn about the compound bows – this article sums up the best compound bows in a beginner friendly manner. However, this isn’t really a big deal in the beginning. If you’re just learning about the basics of this activity, the important thing is making sure that you’re able to get the stance right and develop the muscle memory that you need. Archery is partly about hand-eye coordination, partly about strength, and partly about reflexes.

Of course, like almost all activities, it’s mainly about practice and experience. I could say that I have a lot of natural talent and that I’m great at picking the best compound bows. There might be some truth to that. However, the thing is, I’ve just been doing this long enough that I have some skill to fall back on even when the challenges get worse. No one is going to be great at archery just after picking up a bow, and you shouldn’t feel bad if you’re having trouble with it at first.

There are lots of great archery competitions out there if you want to get serious about it. There are also archery clubs if you want to meet people who share at least one of your interest and who are good with a bow and arrow, which can be fun. I’ve met people through archery clubs before, and it can be a fun way to hang out with people. However, this is archery, and you shouldn’t feel like you’re in math class again saying, ‘when am I going to need to use this?’

If you really like archery, that’s already enough of a reason to do it. If there’s something about it that strikes you as cool, go for it. Eventually, you might be a great archer.

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Bearded Dragon Food, Nutrition… And Activities for Him to Stay Fit!

Bearded dragons make wonderful pets. They have such great character, and I personally spend several hours a week watching my beardie do what it does. As with any other pet it is important that you provide proper care and nutrition for your bearded dragon.

Make sure to start it out right from the beginning; bring your beardie to a vet right after you get him. They can check for any underlying conditions, and get you any necessary medications right away. Vets can also help you understand how to care for your beardie.

When it comes time to feed your bearded dragon, make sure that all food that you give him is the size of the space between its eyes. Anything larger can cause impaction, choking, and even hind-leg paralysis.

This should not be too much of a problem: you should primarily be feeding your beardie small insects. This is especially important for young beardies. Feed him as much as he can consume in a ten minute time frame. When he stops eating, you should stop providing additional food. Young dragons should be fed up to three times per day.

If your beardie is an adult, you should feed them mostly plant foods and supplement the diet with about 30% insects. As far as greens, they like dandelions, collards, grape leaves, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, and escarole. Do not forget to give your beardie fresh water every day. They like to move their bowels in their food bowls, so it is essential that you change the water frequently, and disinfect the bowl on a weekly basis.

Every once in awhile you can give your beardie a treat in the form of fruit. They love bananas, pears, plums, oranges, mangos, grapes, and other fruits. Keep in mind that fruits should only be used as a treat.

Humans get exercise by participating in sports like running, team sports, and archery (I write about archery too!). You can not give your beardie a crossbow, so you will have to get them to exercise in a different way. Instead of a crossbow, provide your beardie with a small ping pong ball that they can roll around. If they do not take well to this, there are leashes made for taking beardies for a walk. This is a great way for both you and your beardie to get exercise! You can also set up a bucket of warm water for them to swim in, but make sure to keep your eye on them, and to follow all safety precautions.

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Archery Programmes for Youth

As you guys know, I also love archery and I think that it’s a great youth sport. Sometimes it’s hard to find where to take archery lessons. Therefore, I thought this following post about On Target Archery’s Programmes would be useful to many. Enjoy!

SCHOOLSPROGRAM

To promote the sport of archery to school students. This is an opportunity for boys and girls to participate on an equal basis. Students with a disability can participate equally in this sport.

COMETRY AND EXPERIENCE ARCHERY

A Come N Try archery program is a 1.5 hour class. This includes all equipment and instruction by qualified instructors and during this time the basics of archery will be taught. This entry-level program is designed to gain the necessary skills to shoot a bow and arrow, this can be a one off class or it allows you to progress to the next level. A Come N Try archery program provides a fun and enjoyable experience for families, friends and a wide range of ages from 10 years and abilities. These sessions are conducted at 12 pm and 2pm Saturday and Sundays. The minimum age is 10 years of age.

BEGINNER’s CLASSES

After the Come N Try class a beginners is the next step, this is normally a 3 week course and each session is 1.5 hours in duration, this again includes all equipment and instruction by qualified instructors, on signing up on the course an information booklet is handed out and on the completion of the 3 week course a certificate of completion is awarded. For you to enrol in this course you must have completed a Come N Try archery class. The beginners class time are conducted at 10am Saturday and Sunday. The minimum age is 10 years of age.

PARTIES

A Come N Party archery program is a 1.5 hour class. This includes all equipment and instruction by qualified instructors and during this time the basics of archery will be. To celebrate a birthday, Christmas or any other special occasions with a difference then why not try an archery party. This is a fully supervised program offering games and activities that can be enjoyed by ages ranging from 10 years.

PROFESSIONALCOACHING

For an archer to reach and to achieve their best in their chosen discipline, be it recurve or compound an archer needs a professional and unbiased coaching program.

On Target Archery provides personal coaching to analyze the archers shooting form and to correct any bad habits that may have developed.

The On Target program is designed for the beginner, recreational and target archer to hone their skills by reviewing and assessing style and technique. This is an ongoing program that allows the archer to compete in various forms of archery. Personalised and small group training session can be organized with video analysis, for further information please call for the best available time.

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What Legolas and his fellas should eat

One of the most important issues when caring for a Bearded Dragon is giving them a correct well-balanced diet. Please take a look at the foods that you should Never feed your Dragon.

Bearded Dragons are Omnivores which means they eat meat (usually live insects) greens, vegetables and fruit. Fruit and veg should make up at least 20% of your baby beardies diet rising to 70%- 80% after 18 months of age. Young Bearded Dragons will eat 80% live food. Mimicking a natural diet that a Beardie would eat in the wild is recommended. All Bearded Dragons are different so some will enjoy greens and veg, and some won’t, which is why feeding their live food the same veggie diet, called Gutloading, will give the Dragon some of the nutrients needed. Always try to be persistent with veg and greens. As with us humans we require staple foods and occasionally indulge in treats so moderation should be exercised with your Beardie.

Water and Hydration

Access to water in their most of their habit is very scare so they keep hydrated through the food that they eat. In the wild Dragons will take in dew from plants to hydrate themselves. During colder months they will absorb moisture from soil when in Brumation , Despite the fact that Dragons rarely drink water, a clean fresh water bowl should be placed in the vivarium everyday. The water should be checked regularly as Beardies sometimes mess in the bowl. Some owners spray their Beardies with water but, please bare in mind that some Dragons do not like being sprayed.

Live Foods

Live foods should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D3 supplements like Nutrobal. The dusting regime is controversial amongst Dragon owners. I do 2 days Calcium, 1 day Nutrobol and then repeat.

Crickets – Available in different sizes/pin head crickets for Baby Beardies. Can feed daily as part of their staple diet.

Locusts – Available in different sizes. Can feed daily as part of their staple diet.

Dubia Roaches – Available in different sizes. Can feed daily as part of their staple diet.

Meal Worms – Not recommended for Beardies under a year. Feed as a treat.

There are other grubs and worms you can feed a Beardie but the above are the most common.

Never feed wild insects, worms or bugs to your Bearded Dragon as it could make them ill or even kill them.

Gut Loading – Feed the live foods with the veg/fruit and calci that you would give to your Dragon.

The live foods will ingest them and pass the goodness onto your Beardie, Especially good if your Beardie is fussy and won’t eat his fruit and veg.

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Vegetables and Greens

Food      Cooked Regularity
Artichoke Hearts No Occasionally
Asparagus No Occasionally
Beet Greens No Rarely
Bell Peppers No Occasionally
Bok Choy No Occasionally
Butternut Squash Yes Regular
Cabbage No Occasionally
Carrots No Occasionally
Celery No Occasionally
Collard Greens/ Spring Greens No Regular
Cucumber Peeled Occasionally
Lentils Yes Occasionally
Kale No Occasionally
Mustard Greens No Regular
Okra No Occasionally
Parsnips No Occasionally
Pumpkin No Occasionally
Sweet Potato No Rarely
Swiss Chard No Rarely
Turnip Greens No Regular

 Fruit

Fruit Cooked Regularity
Apples N/A Occasionally
Apricots N/A Occasionally
Banana N/A Rarely
Blue/Blackberries N/A Rarely
Kiwi N/A Rarely
Mango N/A Occasionally
Melons N/A Occasionally
Peaches N/A Occasionally
Pears N/A Occasionally
Plums N/A Occasionally
Tomato N/A Rarely
Watermelon N/A Occasionally

Plants and Herbs

Many plants and herbs are safe to eat but many are not so it is best to check first. Beardies will eat Basil, Carnations, Clover, Coriander, Fennel, Lemon Grass, Mint Leaves, Oregano, Rose Petals, Fresh Rosemary and Thyme, Watercress.

Foods you should never feed a Beardie

There are several foods that should not be given to a Bearded Dragon, so if you are not sure, then don’t give it. There are plenty of good nutritious foods to choose from above which will give your Beardie a balanced diet. Foods you should avoid are Avocado, Beef mince, Wheat or Bran including Bread, Chicken, Chives, Egg Plant, Garlic, iceberg Lettuce, Onions, Pork, Rhubarb, Salmon. The items in this list are either poisonous or very bad for your Beardie. Please be aware that there are many plants, leaves and flowers which are poisonous.