A Short Glossary of Archery Excuses

Experienced archers will recognise most of these, and many more! Novices should learn as many as they can, if they want to fit in!

I changed my string yesterday, haven't had time to shoot it in!

I had to change my string for my spare, but the nocking points are wrong.

I had to change my string for my spare, but there aren't even any nocking points on it.

Compounds: The sun was glaring off my scope - I couldn't see the target!

I was laying a patio yesterday, so my muscles are hurting today!

I haven't had much practice this season!

The sun was glaring off my arrow - I couldn't see the target!

The sun made my reactolight glasses go dark - I couldn't see the target!

I just got bitten by a mossie / midge!

I just got stung by a bee / wasp!

I brought the wrong glasses - I can't see anything in the distance, such as the target!

I brought the wrong glasses - I can't see anything close to me, like my sight!

I saw a bird bird/dog/something else moving behind the target, and it put me off.

Longbow: someone kicked my marker.

Barebow/Longbow: my aiming point was a daisy, but someone stood on it.

Barebow/Longbow: my aiming point was a cloud / tree / sheep, but it moved.

I had a twitch!

I saw the guy next to me have a twitch, and it put me off.

Recurves: I heard the clicker of the guy next to me go off...

I haven't actually shot this distance since I got my new arrows, so I don't have a sight-mark.

I haven't actually shot this distance since I got my new limbs, so I don't have a sight-mark.

I haven't actually shot this distance this season, so I don't have a sight-mark.

I haven't actually shot this distance ever, so I don't have a sight-mark.

The target moved. (Usually this is said as a joke, but sometimes the corner of a face will tear free. I have once seen an arrow go through the same face three times, due to it flapping in the wind, and folding over on itself!)