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Indoor Traditional Archery in Lincoln City

Archery at Lincoln City Archery

It rains. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know about the Oregon Coast. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is; the weather can turn on a dime, rolling in from the ocean like a gray wave. Real Oregonians don’t let the rain stop them from doing their outdoor activities, generally speaking. However, there are some good reasons to avoid the outdoors and inclement weather, especially when there’s a place inside that will allow you to do what you want.

If you’re looking to shoot some arrows downrange, Lincoln City Archery can help. We have four lanes for traditional archery shooting of bows less than 40#. Fifteen minutes is $15, including equipment and instruction. If you’ve never shot a recurve bow, this is a good place to learn. You can even bring family, who find your compound bow to heavy to draw. We have 15# bows for children 8 and up.

Traditional archery is a way for me to regain control and focus. It allows me to calm my thoughts and be in the moment as I send arrows toward the target. We do a lot of things that take away our personal power; traditional archery helps me regain some of that. Whether I miss or hit the target, the responsibility and the ability lie within me. And I like to shoot zombies.

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide a safe place for people to shoot bows and arrows. We have classes that introduce people to the basics of traditional archery, including learning to shoot both hands, using different stances, dealing with arrows. Later classes allow archers to sample moving targets, walking while shooting and walking while shooting moving targets.

Shad and Jenya Engkilterra own Lincoln City Archery. The indoor traditional archery range is located at the Lincoln City Outlets across from Tools and More and next to Maurice’s. Book online to ensure your lane. Shad learned archery from Armin Hirmer in Malta, where Armin allowed him to run Malta Archery’s indoor range for a year. From May 5, 2021 to May 15, 2022, Shad and Jenya taught over 3,000 people the basics of traditional archery. Shad has published “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow” with photos by Jenya to help people remember the steps they learned while at Lincoln City Archery. The indoor range opened on May 15, 2021. We stock a small amount of traditional archery supplies including bows. Those who need compound archery equipment may order it from us.

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How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow Available for Preorder

How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow book cover

When I was first learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, I had a checklist. I went from my feet to my knees to my hips and shoulders, and only when my body was in position would I worry about the bow. Of course, my instructor gave me a good-natured ribbing as I went through the mental list in a not-so-subtle manner, but it was the only way I could remember most things. (Stupid back elbow.)

After opening Lincoln City Archery, I released many of the people who do 15-minute sessions with us or buy a bow from us could use a book to help them remember what they learned in their time on our range. I know I could have used it to help me learn everything better. People have different learning styles, but even those who don’t remember best from reading can use the reinforcements that come from the digesting of information through books.

“How to Shoot a Bow an Arrow” is available for preorder at Amazon as an eBook. (Those who prefer paperbacks can order from this website.) The book is about 80 pages long. It goes through the process of getting your body, bow and arrow into position so you can shoot successfully in a traditional manner. Traditional archery is a good exercise for the body, and it will help you find a quiet place in your mind. As you start your archery journey, this book will help you remember what your body already knows. Preorder “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow” today.

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Tomorrow: Archery Challenge Advent Calendar!

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December is almost upon us, and I wanted to make sure you knew about the Archery Challenge Advent Calendar. For each day until the 24th of December 2021, I will be releasing a new video offering you an easy archery challenge. This series is meant for people who are relatively knew to traditional archery, though more experienced archers may find some of the challenges fun, too.

There are some things that you’ll need for the event, including:

  • An inexpensive bow
  • Three arrows
  • A rubber duck
  • A stick, paper towel roll tube, pool noodle
  • A washer, the metal circle with a circle cut out of it. (Not the kind you clean clothes with.)
  • An apple
  • A bell or jingle bells
  • A picture of Santa Claus
  • A Tic Tac Toe or Nick, Nock, No! target
  • Ace of spades
  • Three candles
  • A Santa hat
  • A picture of an undecorated Christmas tree

We’ve made it easier for some of these things by creating downloadable, printable targets that simulate many of these items.

Many of the videos are already loaded to YouTube and awaiting their premiere. Be sure to subscribe to Lincoln City Archery, click the thumbs up and hit that bell icon (with your mouse arrow not a real one). We hope you enjoy these small challenges.

If you can’t find an in person instructor for your archery skills, check out the right-handed shooting, left-handed shooting, and practice 15 minutes a day videos. If you need a bow and arrows for Archery Challenge Advent Calendar, come to Lincoln City Archery at the Lincoln City Outlets in Lincoln City, Oregon. We look forward to getting you on target for the holiday season.

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Legends in Archery: Adventures with Bow and Arrow book review

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When the Civil War ended, Confederate soldiers had their weapons confiscated. As combatants for the South, brothers Will and Maurice Thompson returned their demolished home without a way to hunt. They turned to the bow and arrow, and it was lucky for archery enthusiasts everywhere that they did. The brothers were writers, who published their adventures in magazines and later books. Maurice’s The Witchery of Archery is credited with reviving interest in the sport of bowhunting at a time when the rifle was considered a superior weapon.

Their story is just one of those told in in a collection of short vignettes by Peter Stecher. Legends in Archery: Adventures with Bow and Arrow explores the pioneers of modern-day western bowhunting. In addition to the Thompson brothers, he covers Howard Hill, Fred Bear, and many others while focusing on their bowhunting achievements. There are plenty of photos with their kills. There is also some discussion centered on the idea that big game couldn’t be taken with a bow and arrow.

While Stecher’s ramblings occasionally interrupt the biographical notes of the hunters in his book, overall, he provides and entertaining read. Because the author is Austrian, he also includes a couple of Austrian archers near the end. If you want a quick orientation to the fathers of the return to western traditional archery, Stecher provides a great place to start.

Legends in Archery is available at Lincoln City Archery and through this affiliate link on Amazon. At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target. (We use affiliate links in this article to earn a small commission on your purchase while costing you nothing. Thank you.)

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Basic Traditional Archery Level 2 – Lesson Plan 6

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All lesson plans are outlines for the class in question, they will be adapted for the ability and desires of the student. Students are responsible for practicing what they learned after the class is over and throughout the week.

Lesson Six:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes: Warm up the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and body. Simple movements to get ready to shoot.
  2. This lesson will allow the student the opportunity to shoot a moving target while moving. The target will be a tennis ball; the student will walk and shoot.

This lesson is for students who are participating in the class alone. An alternate lesson will be created for classes that have more than one student.

Archery is a workout. It involves repetitive motion and includes the pulling of bow multiple times, even a 22# draw weight can become heavy. Students will also walk between 10 and 15 yards to retrieve their arrows after shooting three. Dress in comfortable clothes that fit well.

Arm guards and gloves are available for use should the student need them. Getting an archer’s tattoo, when the string hits the elbow or forearm and leaves a red mark or bruise, or blisters is no fun and may hamper future shooting possibilities. Please be aware of your body and your limitations.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. We can provide you with a make-up class, or classes, at some point in the future when you are healthy. Your health is more important than making it to archery class. Just call us and let us know that you won’t make it in. Thank you.

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Celebrate World Tourism Day with Lincoln City Archery

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My wife and I love to travel. It has opened our eyes and minds to many new experiences. We know that our travel depends on the people who work at restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. In honor of World Tourism Day, Monday, Sep. 27, 2021, Lincoln City Archery invites professionals working in the tourism industry to come shoot some arrows. Simply book your place online, and when you come in, let us know where you work. You will receive $7 off your range fees. This offer is only available on Sep. 27, 2021. We look forward to seeing you.

Range fees start at $15 for 15 minutes and include the use of equipment, as well as instruction for traditional shooting. One hour of range time is $30.

Lincoln City Archery is Lincoln City’s only indoor archery range. We offer classes, leagues, and a place to hone your traditional archery skills, so you can receive the benefits of self-empowerment, a calm mind, and a great way to enjoy your down time. Our range is located at the Lincoln City Outlets next to the Whale Playground. We’re open from 11 to 7 every day. Book online or at (503)409-8371.

Our range features a selection of traditional archery equipment, including bows that can be shot right or left handed, arrows, and protective wear. We offer books on archery and books by independent authors. We also have beautiful handmade penguins. Our business is locally owned and family operated.

If you’re looking for “archery near me” on the Oregon Coast, we are the place to go for traditional archery in Lincoln City, Oregon. Come to Lincoln City Archery and get on target for a happier World Tourism Day!

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Lincoln City Archers League: Rules of Engagement

Octopus archer for Lincoln City Archers League

Our archers league is meant to be for fun and games. We want people to enjoy archery and find others who like to do the same thing. We use traditional bows on our range.

We expect participants to help each other and uplift one another while allowing beginners to grow their skills. Our atmosphere is relaxed and empowering. We celebrate each other’s wins. League participants have the opportunity to suggest changes to the schedule of events.

Archers league members receive 40% off regular shooting fees throughout the week. Members who attend all 10 league nights or pay the full $450 league dues at one time will receive the shooting discount through Mar. 31, 2022. Members are expected to book their line time online or over the phone. However, walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis.

Non-league members are welcome to join us at the cost of $50 for one session. However, league night participation is limited to 20 people with league members having priority.

If you feel sick, please stay home. Your health is more important than archery league night. If you’re ill and cannot make league night, you may still be able to participate in league activities throughout the week, depending on the activity.

Our fall league is focused on lightly competitive games like Tic Tac Toe, which we call Nick, Nock, NO!, and Archery Baseball. We will also have a team game, Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade, where a team of up to four can face off against the zombie horde.

Our winter league, which will start in February, will focus on achievements like bamboo shooting, the cupid challenge, and intentional Robin Hooding. We will also play Nick! Nock! NO!

For more information on our league nights, check out our league night press release or contact us at 503-409-8371. Join us for indoor archery in Lincoln City.

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Archery Baseball Rules

Three rubber ducks sitting on a target

You will need three ducks, preferably of varying sizes, including a tiny duck. You will also need a bow, three arrows, and a target that can be pushed back as the game progresses. An umpire is helpful, but not necessary, as the only person who loses when they cheat at this game is the cheater alone.

The object is to score the most runs by hitting the duck with your arrows.

The game is divided into innings of a number that makes sense for the time allotted and the space available. Baseball games are typically seven or nine innings, which is also the number we suggest.

Each arrow is a pitch. An arrow that misses the duck is a strike. An arrow that hits the target below the duck is a strike, unless it causes the duck to fall off the target, then it is an out. An arrow that hits the duck after rebounding off of something (like a back netting) is a strike, unless it causes the duck to fall off the target, in which case it’s an out. Three strikes equal one out. Three outs end the inning.

An arrow that hits the duck but does not stick is a base hit. An arrow that sticks in the duck after they come to rest is a home run. Four base hits equal one run (point), and every base hit after the fourth is a run, unless the bases are cleared by a home run. A home run equals one run plus the number of single bases hit before it. No home run will be worth more than 4 runs, and the number of base hits becomes zero after each home run (as the home run clears the bases).

The archer starts 10 yards from the target with the largest duck sitting sideways at the front of and on the top of the target. The archer shoots arrows until the duck is off the target or the three arrows are used. If the duck was hit – scoring a base hit or a home run – the second, smaller duck replaces it. If the duck was not hit, the archer puts the duck back into position, grabs the arrows, and returns to 10 yards away. If the second duck is hit, the smallest duck replaces it. If the smallest duck is hit, it is replaced facing forward. If it is hit again, it is replaced facing backwards. The archer continues shooting at the backwards duck until three outs are recorded.

Once three outs are up, if the archer has scored any points, the target moves back a yard and the process is repeated. When there is no more space available, the archer shoots for one more inning, and the game is over.

These rules are a work in progress. The video below contains the first version of Archery Baseball. If you have a suggestion on how to improve the game, leave a comment.

Join our archery league in Lincoln City, Oregon, to participate in our Archery Baseball and other games.

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Basic Traditional Archery Level 2 – Lesson Plan 5

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All lesson plans are outlines for the class in question, they will be adapted for the ability and desires of the student. Students are responsible for practicing what they learned after the class is over and throughout the week.

Lesson Five:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes: Warm up the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and body. Simple movements to get ready to shoot.
  2. The student will shoot with a focus on distances. Starting at 10 yards, the student will shoot for five minutes, alternating hands until a bull’s eye is hit with each hand or the time has expired. After that the student or the target will be moved a yard away and the process will continue until a maximum distance of 20 yards.

This lesson is for students who are participating in the class alone. An alternate lesson will be created for classes that have more than one student.

Archery is a workout. It involves repetitive motion and includes the pulling of bow multiple times, even a 22# draw weight can become heavy. Students will also walk between 10 and 15 yards to retrieve their arrows after shooting three. Dress in comfortable clothes that fit well.

Arm guards and gloves are available for use should the student need them. Getting an archer’s tattoo, when the string hits the elbow or forearm and leaves a red mark or bruise, or blisters is no fun and may hamper future shooting possibilities. Please be aware of your body and your limitations.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. We can provide you with a make-up class, or classes, at some point in the future when you are healthy. Your health is more important than making it to archery class. Just call us and let us know that you won’t make it in. Thank you.

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Basic Traditional Archery Level 2 – Lesson Plan 4

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All lesson plans are outlines for the class in question, they will be adapted for the ability and desires of the student. Students are responsible for practicing what they learned after the class is over and throughout the week.

Lesson Four:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes: Warm up the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and body. Simple movements to get ready to shoot.
  2. The student will walk and shoot stationary targets.

Archery is a workout. It involves repetitive motion and includes the pulling of bow multiple times, even a 22# draw weight can become heavy. Students will also walk between 10 and 15 yards to retrieve their arrows after shooting three. Dress in comfortable clothes that fit well.

Arm guards and gloves are available for use should the student need them. Getting an archer’s tattoo, when the string hits the elbow or forearm and leaves a red mark or bruise, or blisters is no fun and may hamper future shooting possibilities. Please be aware of your body and your limitations.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. We can provide you with a make-up class, or classes, at some point in the future when you are healthy. Your health is more important than making it to archery class. Just call us and let us know that you won’t make it in. Thank you.