Can You Practice Archery Inside Your House?

by | Sep 4, 2022

With the rising cost of living seemingly here for the foreseeable future, it might be the perfect time to look at the possibility of whether or not you can practice archery practice inside your house.

What at first sounds like a recipe for disaster, can turn out to be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Shooting inside your house can be a great way to work on your form and technique while getting you out of the elements. You won’t have to think about high winds or heavy rain ruining your shots. And you can get in as many additional arrows as you can, whenever you feel like it.

That said, there are still some points to consider before you go losing arrows across your living room; safety and space are chief among them.

How Much Space Do You Need To Practice Archery Inside Your House?

There is a big misconception when it comes to how much space you need to practice archery. As long as you have enough clearance for the arrow to travel after leaving the bow, you still have the opportunity to work on your drills and short-distance shooting.

You could use the length of a hallway and shoot into a smaller room, for example. There doesn’t need to be 50ft between you and the target.

If you have a living space that affords you 10 -15ft of room, then you can absolutely set up an archery target indoors.

How Do You Safely Practice Archery Inside Your House?

The safest way of shooting archery inside your home is to make sure that nobody else is home, and your pets are either outside, or safely locked in another part of the house.

If there are going to be people at home, then you need to make sure that everybody is informed of when you’re shooting and where you’re shooting.

Never place your target in front of a doorway or an opening that somebody could potentially walk past.

Hang signs at the front door that let anybody around the house know what’s going on inside. The last thing you want to happen is for someone to walk into the room directly into the path of an arrow.

You can also shout out whenever you’re about to start shooting to give people a fair warning if you know someone is in the vicinity.

Read this article for safety tips on how to shoot safely at home!

What Kind of Target Should I Use Indoors?

There are a lot of options for indoor archery targets, but the type that I would recommend are:

Box targets – small box targets are made out of compacted foam and are lightweight and easily transportable. They are the perfect size for mounting on a chair or a table.

Practice archery in your house
Indoor Box Target

I would avoid placing your targets on the ground while shooting indoors. If you’re shooting at a downward angle and you miss the target, then your hard, compacted floor could deflect the arrow and cause some serious damage or injury.

Shooting at waist height is much a safer and more practical bet.

Can I Practice Archery In My Garage?

Absolutely. If your property does have a garage and you have the space inside to set up a target, then this is one of the best ways to practice archery at home if you don’t have the outdoor space for a full backyard range.

The safety tip for garage shooting I would recommend is letting your neighbours know when you’re planning to shoot. This is especially important if you’re planning to stand in your driveway and shoot into the open garage from outside.

3 Archery Drills You Can Practice At Home

Shooting in your home is a great time to hone the techniques you probably don’t focus on so much while at the range or the club.

This drill is drawn from something called SPT (Specific Physical Training) which follows the 3 protocols of Holding, Power, and Flexibility.

You can check out the video from Olympic Silver Medalist Jake Kaminski below:

Holding

Standing in front of a mirror – take your bow to a fully-drawn position and hold the anchor point for 15 – 30 seconds. Then you rest for double your holding time. So if you can hold with perfect form for 15 seconds, you then rest for 30 seconds.

The goal of this exercise is to work up to 1 hour of continually holding and resting. I would suggest breaking this up into smaller chunks of time to start with until you build up the strength.

This drill will really help to build up the muscles in your back and help you to better connect with back tension as you shoot.

Power

Still standing in front of the mirror to check your form – pull back to full draw, hold for 2 seconds, then move back to set up, and then back to full draw. Do that 7 times and rest for 2 minutes. Then repeat until you’ve done a full hour.

This is another great way to build up that strength, but remember to start with smaller chunks of time and gradually build it up.

Flexibility

The flexibility portion only really works if you’re using a clicker. You load an arrow then draw back to full draw. Keep expanding until you draw past the clicker, but then you keep expanding for a further 10 seconds.

If you have a target set up at home you can go ahead and shoot the arrow, but you’re focusing on the expansion rather than the shot itself.

Work up to 10 expansions – after you’re done with that, then shoot 10 arrows right after. You should feel a huge amount of difference in your shoulder flexibility.

Conclusion

Even though it can feel a little weird at first, practising archery inside your house doesn’t need to be. Once you have all your safety measures in place, pets and humans included, you should be good to go.

15ft is enough space to ensure that you’re minimising your chances of missing the target and taking out the TV screen or shattering your wife’s favourite vase.

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