Field Archery is a way of shooting with bow and arrow which in many ways can be compared with golf. When shooting competitive field archery you walk in groups of 4 around a marked course in wooded or open landscape. Along the course you will find numbered shooting posts from where you will shoot at various sized target faces at various distances. The course may be so called marked or unmarked which means that you may shoot at known or unknown distances.
Field archery may be enjoyed on a competitive or hobby basis. If you enjoy competitions, you will find all types of tournaments and championships including World Championships. If you are in the game for fun, you can go for a walk in fields with your friends and just relax. Either way you will discover a sport that is relaxing and friendly - simply great fun.
In World Archery Championships there are barebow archers, recurve archers and compound archers in junior and adult classes for both men and women. However, in national and local competitions it is most common to have many more age classes as well as longbow and bowhunter classes included, particularly when the competition is shot over a ‘Forest’ or ‘3D’ round. All the mentioned rounds belong to the ‘field archery family’, the difference being that a Field round is shot on target faces with 5 circular rings, the Forest round is shot on animal pictures and the 3D round is shot on look-alike animal figures made of synthetic foam.
Everybody who enjoys spending time outdoors will enjoy field archery. It is challenging on its own as well as great practice for other types of archery as you will have to shoot uphill, downhill, across the hill and everything else you can think of – no target is like the previous one, and no course is the same as another. You just cannot get bored with this sport, it’s too challenging and varied. If you are a travelling person you may find field courses to visit all over the world, from northern Norway to southern New Zealand.
It has been said about field archery once you have tried it, you are hooked. So a warning may be in place, don’t try field archery unless you will allow yourself to get hooked. But if you do, we can promise you lots of fun, great sport, fine companions and lots of exercise and fresh air.
Mr Derrick J. LOVELL
Field Archery Committee's Chairman