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  • Published at 12:13 pm May 11th, 2015

Aspiration With just a few episodes left to wrap up Arrow season 3, many fans have become even more inspired to become Oliver Queen himself, but to do that you need his badass survival skills and expertise in archery. Just having passion may not be enough, to make your efforts come to fruition you need three things, motivation, knowledge and practice. For most enthusiasts, the first step to take is the hardest, that’s because they lack proper information, in this piece you’ll get to know exactly what you need to jump start your impressive new hobby.

The premise Archery is a sport which requires an adequate amount of space, proper equipment and sufficient training. Although Bangladesh has won quite a few gold medals in Asia there aren’t any places that offer training courses. Dhaka doesn’t have many shops that sell archery equipment, and being a novice might lead to getting ripped off and having to suffer the consequences of a cheap bow and arrow set. As there is a lack of any formal training and instructors, you have to study up, read a few books on proper training methods and practices, how to preserve your equipment and safety measures to take before starting. Even with the limitations in this country an enthusiast will never quit, he’ll find a way to do what he loves. I myself practice on my roof given that I take a lot of safety precautions. If you want to continue down this path you’ll need equipment, starting from three kinds of bows to choose from, straight, recurve or compound.

The way For beginners it is recommended to start with a straight bow and then transition to a recurve as it requires greater strength to shoot, while compound bows are usually used for hunting as they deliver far greater power and range. Then you’ll need to select an adequate string, you can use cheap ones at first but as you get more experienced you’ll require better quality strings. Finally you have to select which type of arrows to shoot, carbon arrows are cheap and durable and recommended for amateurs, while wooden and aluminium ones are quite expensive.

Steps Provided with your newfound knowledge you need to start by buying everything that you need to start, the best way to go about this is shopping online, researching about bows and arrows, reading reviews and deciding which will be best suited to you. For beginners I would recommend a 62-inch Martin Archery Alder 29 lb Recurve Bow and 30-inch Fiberglass Target Practice Arrows from Shiny Black  which will cost around Tk12,000 altogether. A means to that end is backpackbang.com, a site that allows you to get what you want in a matter of one to two weeks rather than the usual month long wait from other sites. It is easy to use as you can either pay by bank deposit, bKash or PayPal, and reliable too as you are directly linked and can easily communicate with the traveler delivering your product. You’ve got the proper knowledge now, the first step is complete, now it’s time for you to take the second and gather all that you require to start by yourself. Then begin, practice diligently, put in your best and maybe one day you can take on the role of the Arrow.