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 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 animal paper faces (animal pictures attached to a target carrier or target butt)
Although field shooting is like "pretend" hunting, no archers ever hunt with the bow in Ireland. Furthermore it's illegal !
example for 2D target (paper face on target butt)
If in doubt: the target is the small rectangle NOT
looking like foliage or mud...
example for 3D target