Field archery is the format of modern archery that takes place on a multi-target course set out over all kinds of terrain including fields, woods and forests.
Field archery is not shot over flat land, but includes up and down and cross-slopes, unmarked distance targets and challenges of light, dark and shadow.
World Archery (WA inc AGB) use a mix of WA field faces or 3D animals. WA hold a European and world 3D champs each year. Archers are shooting at 3D targets at different ranges up to 60m. There are different scoring rules depending on the country the event is held in.
In the case of NFAS, (National Field Archery Association) of which are one of our affiliations, targets are predominantly 3D or paper animal faces and are shot over varying distances, usually between 5 and 60 yards, with normally 36 targets to shoot.
The main purpose of field archery is to simulate hunting, as hunting with a bow and arrow is illegal in the UK, this is a close as it gets. But it’s mostly about enjoying the sport and having fun, whilst at the same time as competing against other archers and yourself.
Field archery under Archery GB guidelines will use paper target faces rather than 3D animals. These faces are normally circular targets (WA Field Face) but can also be paper animal faces.