Archery Supplies & Equipment
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Archery Gear Buying Guide
Whether for sport or hunting, take aim with performance-crafted archery equipment from DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Experienced and novice archers alike can prep for their shot with the industry’s latest recurve, compound and crossbows. Load your weapon with carbon and aluminum arrows and bolts—all designed for excellent durability, speed and energy transfer.
Select from high-quality recurve, crossbow and compound bow model:
- Longbows: This most basic bow design is sleek and lightweight for an efficient shot.
- Recurve Bows: Also called “traditional” bows, these bows have tips that curve away from the archer as they draw. This model stores energy efficiently to deliver greater speed to the arrow. They are easy to handle: compact with slim grips and a smooth draw:
- Crossbows: This system features a bow attached to a stock and lever. When the archer releases the lever, an arrow, or bolt, shoots from the mechanism. These bows have a much greater firing range than that of a recurve bow. They do, however, require more time to load.
- Compound Bows: These bows use a system of cables and pulleys, known as cams, to bend the bow’s limbs. A cable is attached to each of the bow’s cams. As the cables draw back, the cams turn to bend the bow’s limbs. Stiff limbs create significant energy transfer during the draw.
Learn more about the archery equipment available at DICK’S Sporting Goods:Arrows & Bolts:
Arrows and bolts come in a variety of weights, lengths and materials.
- Aluminum arrows are highly popular for their strength, flexibility and durability. Carbon arrows are ultra-lightweight for excellent speed and energy transfer.
- Arrow length is critical for safety and accuracy. Arrows that are too short or too long can hinder your ability to hit your target.
- Youth arrows are great for beginners.
Practice makes a perfect shot—so get ready for your next hunt with archery targets for your backyard. Go for the realism of 3-D targets or more basic foam blocks, bags and targets.
Think about your bow’s draw weight. Draw weight denotes the amount of strength required to draw back a bow. Most adult archers can use a bow with a draw weight of 50 to 70 pounds. Youth bows have a much lighter draw weight. Always consult product information before making your selection.
You should also consider the draw length of your bow. To determine the proper draw length for you make a fist with your bow hand and hold it outward, as if you are shooting a bow. Have another person measure the distance from the end of your hand to the corner of your mouth. Select a bow with a draw length near this measurement.