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Image – Marc shooting at Target 2, one of our favourites from this Sunday

So, another weekend and another hot one. Man, you’ve got to like this weather, that is unless you are sweating your way around a forest being eaten alive whilst trying to do field archery. Well this weekend at Redoutables, that wasn’t a problem. The woods were beautiful and cool and not a bite in site this morning, so double thumbs up for that.

I also have to give a big thumbs up to whoever laid the course as it was a real challenge. Many of the distances were hard to judge and the peg placement meant you had to think about the shots, which is what you want. No point in every field archery shot being 30 yards and plonked straight in front of you, where’s the challenge. I don’t think I was the only one to find it tricky as judging by the scores, many archers were 50 points or more down on where they would expect to be.

A couple of the white pegs were particularly tricky, especially the duck, where you either had to snuggle up against a tree or find a way through a tiny gap between two other trees…or of course hit the damn thing from the red peg. (which I didn’t) There were some nice long targets and I got my only spot of the day on one of them. I know long targets are not universally liked in NFAS, but it’s nice to see a few 40 to 50-yard shots on a course. The only thing that was missing for me, was a couple of short shots to small targets. The odd 5-7yard shot would have broken the round up and of course, messed with the compound shooters : )

My round was going really well for the first 15 targets, then three third arrow shots on the bounce had me scratching my head and wondering where it was going wrong. I ended the day, way down on where I would like to be, but still managed to fluke the third place, making this the fourth shoot in a row, where I got some silverware, which as I’m new to NFAS field archery, is quite pleasing.

Overall a great shoot and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone involved.

A couple of weeks off now and then Kendal on the 29th.

Ken Davies

Ken Davies

Ken shoots Traditional Bowhunter in NFAS and Traditional Recurve in AGB. He's the Secretary at Blaidd Field Archers and our coach.