The FAQ page will be updated as more questions are asked...frequently!


Is CVA a non-profit organization?  How can I make a donation?

CVA is indeed registered with the IRS as a 501c(3) organization.  You can send your donations to the CVA Club Treasurer, which are tax deductable.  

Another way to donate is through AmazonSmile, offered by Amazon to donate a portion of Amazon purchases to non-profit organizations.  Click here for more information about donating via AmazonSmile.


Do I need my own archery equipment to shoot during CVA's Open Public Session on Saturdays?

You don't need your own equipment to join us during our Saturday Open Public Session.  

For $5 we provide a bow, arrows and quiver, armguard, and a finger-tab for you to shoot with.  And...we have a team of USA Archery Certified Coaches to instruct archers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced level.  Take a look at our Public Session Information for all the details.


Can I shoot my own equipment during CVA's Open Public Session on Saturdays?

Absolutely!  However, if you are bringing out grandpa's old longbow that has been stored in the garage for years, please have a CVA Coach inspect the bow to verify it is shootable.  If you bring out a self-made bow (PVC or otherwise), also please have a CVA Coach inspect the bow to be sure it is safe to shoot.

If you are not a CVA Member and you have your own equipment, you still need to pay the $5 fee to offset the cost of targets and bales.


Do you allow crossbows, pellet guns, airsoft guns, or firearms on your range?

CVA does not offer shooting facilities for crossbows, pellet guns, airsoft, or firearms.


Can I operate a drone or other remote controlled aircraft over the CVA range?

CVA is an archery club with the mission of promoting the sport of archery. Drone operation does not fit into that mission so CVA does not permit the use of drones or other remote controlled aircraft over the range, unless there is express permission from the CVA Board of Directors for specific functions or events.


I'm interested in purchasing my own equipment.  What bow and arrows should I buy?

Purchasing your own equipment is a big step in the sport of archery and should not be made as an impulse buy, especially for children.  We suggest that archers that are interested in progressing attend the Open Public Session for at least two months to be certain that archery is for them.

We also suggest shooting a low poundage recurve bow for a minumum of six months under the guidance of a CVA Coach.  This will build correct form and shot consistency.  These skills will transfer to any bow type, so the investment in time will pay off in the long term.

Once you are convinced that Archery is the sport for you, discuss your bow type interest with a CVA Coach.  We'll help with choosing the right bow and arrows for you.


There so many different types of bows on the range.  Can you explain what they are and why there are different types?

Bows can be categorized into three major types:

Compound Bow  A compound bow is a high-tech bow, used for both target shooting and hunting. These bows are made from composite and high-tech materials, and use a set of cams to with cables to bend the limbs. This bend, along with the levering action of the cams, make these bows very fast and accurate.

The levering action of these bows also allows for a feature called 'let-off' where at full draw the archer is holding a percentage of the bow's full poundage.

These bows use sights (either pins or scopes), stabilization, mechanical releases, high tech arrow rests, peep sights, and other innovative technology to maximize arrow speed and accuracy.

Traditional Bow  Traditional bows can be both recurves and longbows, and are typically the bow that comes to mind due to popular movies such as the Hunger Games or Robin Hood.  

Traditional bows do not use sights or stabilization, and are shot instinctively. In almost all cases, these bows are made from natural materials.  Traditional bows are also used for hunting as well as for target shooting. 

FITA Recurve  FITA Recurve bows are high tech recurve bows that use sights and stabilizers and are typically made from aluminum or carbon fiber. These bows are the only type of bow that are approved to shoot in the Olympic Games.  

FITA Recurves consist of limbs that can be made out of carbon fiber, wood, or a combination of both that attach to a center piece called the Riser or Handle.  Risers can also be made from aluminum, carbon fiber, or both.

FITA Recurve bows are used exclusively for target shooting, with FITA (Federation Internationale de Tir a l'Arc (International Archery Federation)) governing the equipment requirements and rules for competition.  If you have Olympic aspirations, this is the bow for you.


How do I determine the length of a FITA recurve bow?

Risers typically come in 23", 25", and 27" lengths, and limbs come in three lengths; Short, Medium, and Long

Riser Length Short Limb Medium Limb Long Limb
23" Riser 64” 66” 68”
25" Riser 66” 68” 70”
27" Riser 68" 70" 72"


Why would I choose one FITA recuve bow length over another?

There are a variety of reasons based on your draw length and the type of shooting that you are interested in.

As an example you’ll notice that a 66” bow can be made either by a Short Riser-Medium Limb or Long Riser-Short Limb combination.  It is also possible to arrive at two different 68” bows in a similar manner. O.K. so what is the difference between the various combinations (other than the obvious one that short people need shorter bows than tall people)?   It turns out that while the bow lengths may be identical, the shooting characteristics of the two are very much different.


Riser Limb Combinations Shooting Characteristics
Longer Risers, Shorter Limbs Faster, more tendency to stacking, less stable
Shorter Riser, Longer Limbs Slower, more stable, less stacking


Longer risers also provide a longer sight window for shooting making it easier to shoot at both close (18 meter) and long distances (90 meter) and hence are more useful for outdoor season shooting.  This is a matter of preference though, and needs to be taken into account along with the archers draw length when deciding on a bow.


I'm interested in shooting Field Archery.  What type of bow / shooting style should I put down on my scorecard?

There are a variety of bow styles in Field Archery based the archers age, the archers bow, and installed equipment.  Please review this document to undertand the bow / shooting style that you will shoot in based on the equipment you have.


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Useful Downloads

Membership Forms

CVA Membership Packet 

Public Session Documents

CVA Liability Form

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CVA Policies and Procedures

Broadhead Policy

Coaching on the CVA Range

Coaching Policy

Request to Coach Form

CVA Youth Scholarship

CVA Youth Scholarship Policy

CVA Youth Scholarship Request Form


California Bowman Hunters / State Archery Association

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CBH / SAA Newsletter (highly useful, California Club shoot schedules, CBH Tournaments, California archery lobbying and legislative information)