Went for our first ever field archery comp today (May 13)over at Kings Lynn, near Norfolk.
We didn’t place, of course – with everything that’s been going on we’ve only managed to practise a few times over the past five months (I count four sessions?), but it was such fun, and it was gratifying to get some of the targets 😛
We got into field archery by accident, really; Rob and I were over at a country fair in 2016, and there was an archery try-out then, so we decided to give it a go. What we did was target shooting, where you shoot targets at varying distances and score points based on that. We thought it was great fun, and got talking to a nice gentleman over there who mentioned he was involved in field archery in a club near we live (Spirit of Sherwood – SOS), and described how scoring is done differently in the sport – targets are placed in wooded areas, fields, of varying terrain, sizes and difficulty, and you even get to shoot MOVING 3D TARGETS.
We were hooked, and so took up his invitation to check it out in greater detail at the club itself, and were later taken under the tutelage of two super patient and lovely coaches, Steve and Gill, who taught us the basics, and ensured that we were certified safe to be let loose in the wild. We went all the way – we got signed off by our coaches, and formally joined SOS, but unfortunately we had to leave UK for a bit in 2017, and so, our bows and arrows collected dust in the attic in the interim, so one of the first things we did when we got back was to get back in touch with SOS, and rekindle the archery thing. Gill and Steve then asked if we were keen to try taking part in actual competitions, and hence we decided to give it a go.
It was nuts. 🙂
There were all sorts of targets to shoot at, from tiny meerkats about 10 cm big (or small) placed at a distance of 20 metres, to a dragon in a cave, where you had to aim for the neck (hitting the shell doesn’t count). There was also a moving target used for the shoot at Kings Lynn – a flying goose!
It’s lovely to go on shoots like these – it’s a way to get out and about into the woods, and see the varied wooded forests and grounds all over the country, and the people involved are really warm-hearted and welcoming. And the targets are always changing – SOS, for instance, had a moving barn-door last year and people were apparently deliberately missing it so they could get a sticker that read: Can’t hit the broad side of a barn.
We will definitely be going on more shoots. What’s obviously clear though is… we definitely need more practice (or at least I do – Rob is a ringer!)
Till the next shoot, then!