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When is National Archery Day?

National Archery Day occurs on the second Saturday in May.

What is National Archery Day?

Maybe you only eat grocery store meat. That’s okay. You don’t have to be a vigilante bowman bagging game in Sherwood Forest to enjoy archery. National Archery Day celebrates archery as a fun shooting sport for both kids and adults.

The only people who didn’t pretend to be Robin Hood in their childhood were pretending to be Katniss from Hunger Games. Now, that might be a gross exaggeration, but there’s truth to it. The skill necessary to fire an arrow with accuracy and precision yards and yards away captures our imagination.

Throughout history, people have used bows and arrows for hunting, war, and sport. Not as many people use archery for war these days, but bow hunters abound.

So whether you’re looking for an afterschool sport or enjoy this relaxing hobby, take time to enjoy the bow and arrow on National Archery Day.

Fun facts about National Archery Day!

  • Archery is safer than soccer and football.
  • After a few early appearances in the Olympics, archery became a regular Olympic competition in 1972.
  • The first modern compound bow was developed in the 1960s.
  • The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) created National Archery Day in 2015 to celebrate the annual NASP archery tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

How to celebrate National Archery Day:

  • Pull out your bow for some target practice. Remember to be safe. Be mindful of the direction you’re shooting, and don’t nock the arrow until it’s safe to shoot. Use the internet to brush up on your archery safety.
  • Don’t have a bow? Buy one. Research compound bows online to make sure your purchase suits your body type.

What’s the hashtag for National Archery Day?

Use #NationalArcheryDay on social media to share what you like most about archery.