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Demonstration Videos

Hey guys, some of you may have noticed I have updated the compound video in the about archery section of the site but the recurve & longbow ones are really old and we have no video for flatbow. I would like to ask for some of you to get some nice new videos in high definition uploaded to youtube so we can showcase good form on the site. Just a upload a video of you shooting an end and drop me an email with a link. If I get lots of submissions I’ll rotate the videos on the site so everyone gets a go.

Obviously this is for DCA Members only…

Compound Postal Scores

Compound archers, I will be coming after you all again shortly for scores for the postal league.


Our first match in October was a Bye so this week will be the match for November Vs Cleadon.  In December we are against Killingworth, then Houghton in January. March will be the final against whoever wins the B league.

Good luck toour opponents. You will need it :)

FIeld, because shooting while not falling over is boring!

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.

10277488_10202648135263685_4040888537482972104_nDee and I tried Field last year for the first time and both loved it. I hope that you will too.

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.



Entry Forms for upcoming shoots

Entry forms for the Double FITA Star and Killi Open (York / Hereford / Bristols) can be found here:

Entry form YORKS

Entry form FITA


For those of you who are wondering about trying competitive archery, give it a whirl, Its a lovely way to spend a Sunday and meet up with Archers from all over the region. Dont worry about “not being good enough” you will find that a) nobody cares, and b) you are better than you think. Trust me.

Feel free to come and have a chat with one of the experienced tourney archers like Lloyd or Dee and we can de-mystify the whole thing.