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Learn more about archery in Toronto by visiting, or the Toronto Public Archery Range Facebook page
or by joining the Canadian Toxophilite Society.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

1940s Archery from the University of Iowa

The images below are from the University of Iowa archery club in the 1940s. Proof that women in archery is nothing new.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Toronto Laws governing Archery within City Limits

There are a number of different laws governing the use of archery equipment within the Toronto city limits.


608-4. Firearms and offensive weapons [Updated January 23, 2014]

A. While in a park, no person shall be in possession of or use a firearm, air gun, cross bow, bow
and arrow, axe, paint guns or offensive weapon of any kind unless authorized by permit.

B. Despite Subsection A, bows and arrows may be used in designated areas in accordance with
posted conditions. [eg. The Toronto Public Archery Range is a designated area.]

Plus there is also the potential for a person to be charged with say:

The Toronto Firearms Discharge By-Law - which prohibits discharging a weapon (including bows and crossbows) in any public location where other people might be injured, with the exception of designated archery ranges.

Reckless Endangerment - which ranges from a $400 fine plus possible jail time.

Mischief / Damage to Property - Fines of up to $2,000 plus possible jail time.

Mischief / Endangering Life - Possible life imprisonment even if nobody dies or is injured.

Animal Cruelty - In the event someone shoots an animal (non hunting), this would also be a charge that could be leveled.

Hunting in a Prohibited Area - No hunting within city limits. All hunting within Toronto is prohibited.

If you have questions about bows, crossbows and firearms you can contact the Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario (via the OPP).

How to Draw Bows and Arrows

There is an error on the images below, a visual guide on How to Draw Bows and Arrows - The mistake is the "compound bow", which is not a compound bow. It looks to be a Turkish/Scythian/Mandarin style composite bow. Sadly so many people confuse compound and composite.

Compound bows have wheels and pulleys. Composite bows are made of different materials (wood laminates, antler, sinew, etc) to give them extra strength.

You will see another error above, where the hand is drawing back an arrow with only two fingers. Three is the normal number.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

FITA Archery Target

Want a good quality target to shoot at?

Well you can go to Tent City and get a nice paper target for about $4 - or even a large 122 cm plastic official FITA target for $7.

Or if you could take the following PNG file to a print shop - Kinkos or Staples - and have them print it out to whatever size you want it to be.

But why bother with a boring round archery target when you could make up your own archery targets?

Zombies, dragons, ducks, rabbits, deer, snakes, aliens, flying spaghetti monsters.

Many people at the Toronto Archery Range don't even bother with such things. They just use a lid from Tim Horton's.