Field Archers use a range of bow styles from Primitive, Horsebows and Longbow to Recurves and Compound.
High Cross Field Archers follow the National Field Archery Society (NFAS) rules of shooting. We shoot at a mixture of usually 36 or 40 targets; either 'faces' (pictures) or realistic full size 3D foam animals which are set out along a course marked out throughvariable terrain.
The High Cross Field Archery new course is situated in undulating deciduous woodland.Shots can vary from long to very short; level, uphill and down.
Moving round the course in mixed groups of usually three or four, every archer shoots a maximum
of 3 arrows at each target - the first from a red peg. If the target is missed, you move to the next, white, peg and if necessary on to the blue. There are sometimes other coloured pegs for juniors,
compound and archers using sights.
The pegs are set at unknown distances, which is one of the main attractions of NFAS shoots: Unlike other more formal disciplines such as GNAS or roundel target shooting, you have to use your skill to estimate how far you are away from each target which makes for a much more interesting experience. It may just look like we're having a lot of fun - we are - but NFAS archery is the most challenging there is.
While field archers mostly shoot for the pleasure of a day out in the country in excellent company, points are scored depending on the peg shot from and the accuracy of the hit on the target. At open-shoots, medals are awarded for the top three scorers from each bow style.
No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Website
NFAS Field Archer Club pit their wits, bows and arrows against various types of target: photographs, painted hessians and 3D models of animals. We do not condone the hunting of animals with bow and arrow, which is illegal in the UK. And while bacon butties are the standard fayre of NFAS field archers, some of us are even vegetarians...