How To Hit The Mark With Archery

It’s been coming up to Christmas and what with the nights getting colder and colder, its fair to say I have let myself go a bit. This has led me to start thinking about New Years resolutions, so I have been looking at what sports I could be doing to try and get myself back into shape. Anyway to cut a long story short, I did some research and have decided that archery could be the sport for me as it requires a lot of skill, gives you a bit of a work out and I like the idea of being a modern day Robin Hood.

As I was looking into the subject I found that there were a number of different types of modern archery and so I thought I’d let you all know whats out there.

Field Archery

You are probably thinking that field archery is when archers line up and shoot at targets in a field. Well if you did, you’re wrong. Field archery tends to take place in rough terrain such as woodland with targets being placed at different angles so archers will be shooting up and down slopes. The targets tend to be about 50 yards away from the archer and being in woodland a good archer will require a huge amount of concentration in order to hit the target. The archers have to walk through the woods to get to the next target only stopping whilst waiting for other archers to take their shots and record their results.

Flight Archery

Flight archery is when archers compete to see who can shoot an arrow over the furthest distance. This usually consists of each archer shooting six rounds and then finding how far their arrows have gone and marking the one that travelled the furthest. The archer whose arrow has travelled the furthest overall then marks his arrow with a winning marker. The archers then attempt to beat the marker over the next 4 or so rounds of shooting. When all rounds have been completed the distances of the furthest arrows are measured by the judges to determine who the winner is.

Ski Archery

Ski archery takes place on a 150 metre cross country loop, where archers are required to ski round to each target and then aim and shoot. When shooting at targets the archer must be in one of two positions, either taking the shot while standing or kneeling. Archers are permitted to unfasten their ski boot whilst kneeling but their boot must be in constant contact with the skis. Targets are 16 centimetres in diameter and are shot from around 18 metres away.

3D Archery

3D archery takes archery back to its hunting roots by having targets that are placed on 3 Dimensional models of animals. The targets consist of four rings worth 8, 10, 12, or 14 points respectfully, if the target is hit but is outside of the rings then the archer gets 5 points. Targets are spread around at various distances to help recreate the natural feel of hunting real animals.

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