Many archery tournaments that are held during the warm months and require long range shooting are done outdoors. This is ideal since sunny and calm weather are expected. This will be favorable to all competing archers.
But it is not always the case. Unfortunately, there were instances that torrents of rain and wind affected the archers’ performance during an important game. The 2012 Olympic Games experienced days of downpour and gusts of wind. But the archers who were able to adapt, were able to take full advantage over those who let the bad weather detract them of their performance.
Make sure to be as dry as possible even when it is raining. Prepare beforehand by taking an outer clothing that repel water and will keep you warm when the temperature gets too cold. Always have an appropriate head gear to keep water from your face or in your eyeglasses, if you are wearing one.
Place a plastic over your arrows in your quiver. This will keep your arrows dry. Many archers tend to use plastic vanes than feathers when participating in outdoor matches. If you prefer to use feather vanes, be sure to waterproof this by using spray intended for this purpose. Always bring a dry towel to wipe off moisture in your equipment.
Proper mind set-up is also important in this kind of situation. Do your best to keep your tackle as dry as possible, but shoot as you have during normal weather. Stay on your practiced routine, drawing, aiming, and following through. Practice shooting in the rain to train yourself for this situations.
Most importantly, your safety should be the top priority. Do not shoot if there is lightning. Shooting metal arrows in an open space or through woods will increase the chance of severe injuries due to lightning strike. If there is rain but no lightning, archery competitions are usually continued.
Shooting arrows in a windy day is more problematic than shooting in the rain. The wind affects the arrow in flight and your ability to hold your bow steadily.
Your choice of equipment and your extensive practice shooting in the wind will determine your performance during the competition. It is preferable to choose handle risers with cutouts that allow the wind to pass through. Heavier bow are usually preferred than the lighter ones to maintain stability during windy day. But select a bow that will not be too heavy for you, because this will only make you lose your balance. If you are wondering what is the best compound bow for shooting in wind, it’s better to you consult your fellow archers or someone who knows a lot about this.
Most archers like to aim at 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock depending on the wind direction and letting the wind carry the arrow towards the bullseye. This may be an effective aiming strategy to deal with wind, but it is more advisable to practice in the wind several times to know the effectiveness of this strategy.