When: Monday August the 25th
What: WA Field familiarisation day
Eh?: Some of you will have at times over the summer seen me shooting at funny distances on funny little targets like this:
This is a FITA (WA) Field target. Field archery is a form of target archery practiced in a woodland setting. for a standard FITA 48, 24 targets are shot on Day 1, 3 arrows per target, but the good bit is that you don’t know how far away the target is, or what angle it will be at. To further enhance the fun, the targets range in size from the 20cm “bunny” to the big 80cm face. Distances range from 5-60M (unmarked) and different bowstyles shoot from different positions, e.g. Compound and Recurve Unlimited shoot from the red (hard) peg. Day 2 is the “marked” day where you are told how far away the target is, however the shots are often more difficult due to the position of the peg. The rules are somewhat different, like what you can have with you, (hint, no rangefinders) but the joy of wandering around in beautiful woodland with your bow and your target companions where every target is a surprise has to be experienced.
Every year the County organises an open shoot at Netherwhitton in Northumberland and I thought that in order to introduce everyone to a new way of looking at Archery and hopefully get a few of you to try it out, I would run a familiarisation day to demystify the whole thing. I will explain the rules / how the shoot will run / how to gauge distances / what to expect on the day etc.
If you are interested in attending the familiarisation day please can you let me know in advance so I can plan for the attendance levels appropriate.
Note, normal shooting will take place as usual on the rest of the field, so don’t worry if you aren’t interested.