12 Axe Throwing Frequently Asked Questions

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Written By Michael Culligan

With over 12 years of experience in Oregon's forestry industry, I have established myself as a skilled and knowledgeable lumber professional. As a passionate competitor in local timbersports events, I have consistently ranked among the top lumberjacks in my area. I take great pride in meticulously maintaining an extensive collection of restored vintage axes. I personally test every axe I review by using it to fell and chop up oak firewood on my land.

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Axe throwing involves throwing an axe at a wooden target for fun or competition. Safety measures include wearing closed-toe shoes and following venue rules. Beginners should start with a lighter axe and receive proper instruction.

Axe throwing is a sport that involves throwing an axe at a target. It is most popular in Canada and the United States but has gained popularity in other countries.

Axe throwing is usually done at a bar. The person throws axes at wooden targets, but some competitions involve throwing axes at metal targets.

The sport can be traced back to the Viking era when it was used as a war tactic to break down wooden structures such as gates and doors.

Axe throwing is new and can be a confusing activity for people who have never been before. I have tried to answer all your questions before your first visit in this frequently asked questions article.

axe throwing frequently asked questions

How Does Axe Throwing Work?

The game consists of throwing an axe at a target. Players are awarded points based on how close they are to the bullseye. The game can be played with up to four people at a time, and it’s usually played by teams of two players against each other in a head-to-head match-up.

Axe throwing is a sport which is similar to darts but with a more thrilling experience. It is a great way to spend quality time with friends or family, and it can be played by anyone regardless of age, sex or physical condition.

How Much Does Axe Throwing Cost?

Axe throwing costs between $15 and $30 depending on which city you live and the individual venue. This will give you an entire axe throwing session and includes all required equipment.

How Long Does Axe Throwing Take?

Axe throwing sessions generally take between 1 and 2 hours. If this is your first visit, allow enough time to go through any safety protocols and instructions.

Is Axe Throwing Dangerous?

Axe throwing bars are designed with safety in mind. This is done by constructing lanes that prevent missed throws or bounceback from coming near spectators or participants.

Please know that these are real sharp axes and should be treated respectfully. As long as all the safety protocols are followed, axe throwing is not dangerous. Axe throwing is run in purpose-built venues supervised by trained professionals.

Can I Go Axe Throwing While Pregnant?

Yes, axe throwing is safe if you are pregnant. Most axe throwing venues will require a waiver to be signed for all participants. Axe throwing is a full-body exercise that does require twisting and rotation movement, so make sure that you do not strain your back, depending on your fitness levels.

This article by Maternity Comfort Solutions does provide more details.

What Should I Wear to Axe Throwing?

The only requirement for clothing at an axe throwing bar is closed shoes for safety reasons.
The dress code for these bars varies from location to location, but generally speaking, it is best to wear comfortable clothes that don’t restrict movement.

How Heavy is a Throwing Axe?

A standard WATL throwing axe weigh 2 lb for the lightweight design and 3 lb for the heavyweight design. Don’t worry about the axe’s weight – Axe throwing is all about technique, not strength. You can throw the axe with two hands if you find that more comfortable.

How Old Do I Need to Be for Axe Throwing?

Most axe throwing bars will allow teenagers aged 13-17 to participate as long as they are in the presence of a responsible adult. Anyone 18 years old and over can go to axe throwing.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Axe Throwing?

Yes, you can drink alcohol while axe throwing. Most venues have a drink limit or will remove participants who drink responsibly or are too intoxicated. Check with your local axe throwing bar about their specific rules.

Is Axe Throwing Fun?

Absolutely! Axe throwing is extremely fun. There is a lot of enjoyment by inviting your friends to your local axe throwing venue.

How to Score at Axe Throwing?

Axe throwing is scored based on the position in which the axe strikes the target. Each thrower gets ten throws to obtain maximum points. The person with the most points at the end of the session wins. A bullseye is worth 6 points with reducing points the further away from the bullseye.

I have written an article dedicated to axe throwing scoring that you might find interesting.

axe throwing scoring

How Far is the Target Away?

The target is positioned 12 feet away from the thrower’s position in axe throwing.


I hope this answers most of your questions before you visit your first axe throwing bar. If you have any other concerns, please email me, and I will update this FAQ. I have also written my 10 best tips for improving your axe throwing accuracy that you might enjoy.