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. These additional aspects require skills known as “fieldcraft”.
In the case of NFAS, (National Field Archery Association) of which we are affiliated, targets are predominantly 3D or paper animal faces and are shot over varying distances, usually between 5 and 60 yards.
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.