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Equipment

Arrow(s) (affixed with field tips) Bow Game Models

Rules

In the United Kingdom the NFAS (National Field Archery Society) sets the rules for many shoots including Big Game and 3D shoots. Most of these consist of 36 or 40 targets or 2x20 targets. The NFAS is not affiliated to any international organisation. The information in this section is taken from the NFAS Rules of Shooting.[5] The most common NFAS rounds have a "walk-up" format where the archer starts at the furthest peg from the target and proceeds to nearer pegs if necessary. The first arrow is shot from the red peg (or sometimes wasp peg for compound). A hit in the kill zone scores 20 points (sometimes 24 if an inner kill zone is being used). A hit in the wound zone (anywhere outside the kill zone but not on antlers or base, or within wound lines on 2D targets) scores 16 points. If the scoring area is not hit with the first arrow the archer will proceed to the white peg for his/her second shot. A kill scores 14 points. A wound scores 10 points. If a third shot is needed the archer will proceed to the blue peg. A kill scores 8 points. A wound scores 4 points. If all 3 arrows miss the scoring zones the archer must stop shooting and a zero is scored for that target. Juniors 12-14 and 15-16 must shoot blue, yellow, yellow and white, blue, blue respectively. Cubs (under 12) shoot all their arrows from the closest yellow peg. All archers attending these shots must carry a valid NFAS card in order to shoot. There are multiple classes including compound limited, compound unlimited, bowhunter, barebow, freestyle, crossbow, hunting tackle, American flatbow and longbow. The traditional class is also accepted at some shoots. The information in this section is taken from the NFAS website, sections About the NFAS and NFAS The Rules. [6] As part of the Constitution of the National Field Archery Society, an annual championship shall be held, open to members. The NFAS hold shoots throughout the year and all over the country. They currently (2012) hold three championships,[7] open to eligible members. Scottish Champs - Easter Weekend 3D Championships - Bank Holiday weekend, end of May National Champs - 3rd weekend in September To be eligible to shoot a Championships, NFAS members must have competed in three open shoots in the bow style that they wish to shoot, or a previous Championships and existing members must have renewed their membership by the 31st of March

Description

Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying (and often unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain. As well as being a sport in its own right, it can be used to improve the techniques and abilities required for bowhunting in a realistic outdoor setting. Events are usually shot according the rules of either the International Field Archery Association (IFAA)[1] or the World Archery Federation (WA), but sometime to those of national organisations such as the UK's National Field Archery Society (NFAS) and the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) in the USA

History

The bow and arrow are known to have been invented by the end of the Upper Paleolithic. Projectile points (used on spears or atlatl darts) are known from earlier prehistory, dating to the Middle Paleolithic. Bows eventually replaced spear-throwers as the predominant means for launching sharp projectiles on all continents except Australia. Archery was an important military and hunting skill before the widespread and efficient use of firearms, throughout classical antiquity and the medieval period. Arrows were especially destructive against unarmoured masses and the use of archers often proved decisive. Mounted archers combined range with speed and mobility. Archery is also featured prominently in the mythologies of many cultures