Climate here is erratic at times. When is outdoor season? The short answer is when the weather cooperates. This year there has been a slow transition from cooler temperatures to warmer, and with the warm temps comes a lot of rain. Rain has been the largest factor preventing a consistent move to outdoor archery. However, Normally outdoor season runs from middle of April until about the end of September or October.
What should you know about transitioning to outdoor archery? A couple of equipment changes will be in order in some cases. If you’re a recreational archer, then there isn’t a whole lot of major changes you’ll require. But if you compete, then the one thing that is most common is to change your arrows. Indoor season allows for a more controlled environment. Archers will typically use larger diameter arrows (also known as line cutters) that make it easier to score higher points for competitions and leagues. However, fat diameters also attract a lot of wind drift and are not the preferred choice for outdoor shooting. Small diameter arrows and shorter vanes (fletchings) allow the arrow to not be as affected by wind drift.
The other common change for sight users is to replace the sight pin with a smaller pin. Targets will be at further distances and appear smaller than indoor distances, so a smaller pin will greatly help with accuracy.
Other items to consider when moving to outdoor shooting is maintaining hydration, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Prepare yourself for your outdoor environment and the activity you plan to do so your archery experience will be a good one.
For more information about changing from indoor season to outdoor, contact The Archery Place located in Montgomery, IL at 844-910-6100 or stop in for a visit.