What is Field Archery?
Field Archery takes place in woodland or on rough terrain and there may be slopes and hollows etc.
Targets are placed on a circuit in this area (called a course) and competitors move in small groups from target to target.
Each target has a varying number of pegs that competitors shoot from according to the rules of the competition.
Apart from regular practise (usually on Sundays starting at 10:00) there are competitions in regular intervals hosted by the different clubs all over Ireland.
There can be great variety in Field Archery.
Events may vary by:
- The location of the shooting event
- The number of targets on the course
- The type of targets, e.g. circles, pictures of animals or life size models of animals
- The scoring rules and which pegs (a peg is a marker from where the archer shoots) are to be used.
- The distances to the targets, which always vary from one target to the next
The Limerick Yeomen currently shoot mainly at 3D targets (replicas of animals made of specific foam material). Other possible targets are 2D paper targets attched to a foam backstop.
Although field archery is like "pretend" hunting, no archers ever hunt with the bow in Ireland. Furthermore it's illegal !
Other Types Of Archery
Competitors stand in a line on a flat open site such as a playing field and shoot at the same target and from the same place throughout the competition. At intervals targets can be moved, usually forwards, to vary the distances shot. Typical distances are 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres outdoor, and 18 metres indoor. Bows are either recurve or compound and are usually fitted with sights and other devices to aid accuracy. Targets are nearly always coloured concentric circles.
For target archery practice in the Limerick area check the University of Limerick Archery Club
Shooting your arrows at targets situated at different angles along the course while riding a horse usually at full gallop. Since using a bow requires a horseman to let go of the reins with both hands, horse archers need superb equestrian skills if they are to shoot on the move.
The traditional Japanese bowmanship practise using a yumi (Japanese bow) which is usually around 8 feet tall