What is Field Archery?
Archers, in particular Olympic style archers in Hong Kong, that have not had the pleasure of shooting a field round
often think of it as a lesser form of archery. Not so! A field round is a challenging course, generally placed in natural
terrain and woodlands, at different distances from target to target, raising the archery technique requirements even for the
seasoned Olympic style archer.
Field courses have marked yardages.
The basic IFAA field round consists of 28 targets. The HKFAA field round is usually made up of two 14-target units where
the14 target course is shot twice to complete the round. Each 14-target unit has the same layout, but not necessarily in the
same order. Four arrows are shot at each target, so a total of 112 arrows per field and hunter rounds. Some of the shooting
positions require all four arrows to be shot from one marked position; other shooting positions have stakes at four different
positions requiring walk-up toward the target on each shot, or shots taken in fanned positions. The distances vary according
to the round you are shooting. The standard Field round has distances varying from 20 feet to 80 yards. Juniors at 13-16 years
of age shoot from 40 yards to 50 yards. Cubs under the age of 13 shoot at distances between 20 feet to 30 yards. The maximum
score on each target is 20 points and a perfect round is 560.
types of rounds are the ‘Hunter’ round, similar to the Field round except that the targets are all black face
with a white center dot. The ranges on this round vary between 33 feet and 70 yards. Again, two 14-target units make a round.
Scoring is identical to the field round.
round is shot on 2-D animal targets. Distances are marked to give everyone an equal chance. Scoring is different on this round.
Three arrows must be marked with 1, 2 and 3 separately. At stake 1 the arrow numbered 1 shall be shot. If the arrow hits the
target you need not shoot another arrow. If you miss the first shot you must move up to the next shooting stake and shoot
number 2. If you hit the scoring zone there is no need to shoot number 3. If you missed on the first 2 shots, move up and
shoot number three. The scoring area is divided into two parts, the vital area and non-vital and scored accordingly. Scoring
is based on where you hit with which arrow. Kill Zone hits 20 points and Wound Zone 18 points with a 4-point reduction on
every missed shot. Full score for the round is 560.
the 3-D unmarked animal round, there are 28 life-sized animal targets. You have to estimate the distance from the stake to
the animal with a single shot. If arrow misses, you move to the next target. Kill Zone hits 20 points, Vital Zone hits 16
points and Wound Zone 10 points. Full score for the round is 560.
Field archery is a challenging form of archery but extremely gratifying. Carried out under a flight system, where
3 to 6 competitors are grouped into a flight on a field course in its natural terrain, it promotes comaraderie. The Field
Indoor Rounds (fixed distances) is also popular among youngsters and club divisions because the distances are short ones and
conducted out of the sun.
The choices in the different Field
Archery rounds allows for variety and different points of interest for all archers.