Drying Feathers

Now that we are in the outdoor season there is an opportunity to shoot in all kinds of weather. Weather itself effects the way we shoot, and you can read my earlier blog about different weather conditions and their effects on shooting. As competitive archers, we love our equipment. We have invested time, money, and countless hours in finding the perfect setup for us. So,once the tournament is complete we need to care for our equipment. We need to have our equipment in perfect condition for the next tournament.

Perfect shooting conditions rarely require additional maintenance, however not all tournaments are shot in ideal conditions and rain has the potential to do the most damage if not dealt with immediately since metal rusts, wood warps and fletching matte.

Once out of the weather, take the time to properly and thoroughly dry all your equipment. Using a clean dry cloth, wipe down your limbs, riser and stabilizer. Carefully dry your sight making sure not to lose your sight marks or damage your scope. If you use a spotting scope or binoculars make sure no water has damaged or fogged up the lens.

Finally, carefully dry your arrows by wiping the shafts dry. Plastic Vanes can be dried using a clean dry cloth however feather fletchings will need to be air dried so that are not squished. If your fletchings, plastic or feather, are matted, you need to open them up again and allow them to air dry by following the following guide:

How to dry your feathers

You will need: your arrows, a pot, water, and an oven/stove

  • Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil
  • Hold each arrow’s fletching over the steam
  • Patiently wait for the fletching to start to open up. Remember the fletchings will open the rest of the way as they dry.
  • Place the arrow in a clean dry spot with the points facing down until dry.
  • Repeat for all your arrows and turn off the stove.

Taking the time after a rainy tournament to attend to your equipment, can save you money and grief.


10 thoughts on “Drying Feathers

  1. Reblogged this on Rasher Quivers and commented:
    Anybody that has been shooting a bow for any length of time has had to shoot in the rain. Those of us who have had to shoot in the rain know the effects it has on our fletchings. This is a great tip from Jordan Sequillion that I know that I will be able to use in the near future.

  2. Jordan, your post is very timely as I have half a dozen arrows with flat squished feathers, I will give them the steam tonight, thanks.

  3. I’ve just completed the national NFAS 3D Championships over the weekend and Sunday was wet , very very wet.
    I am still trying to find a good way of waterproofing feather fletchings

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  5. Reblogged this on 323 Archery Shoot and commented:
    While I shoot vanes now, in the 1990’s I shot feathers in the IBO, and nothing compares to being 2/3 of the way through a world qualifier and it starts to SLEET. I had a dry-powder on my feathers (can’t remember the product name), but my wife hadn’t taken care of hers. By the time we finished, every one of her arrows needed refletched…

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