Shoot Types

James Individual Bronze in the Europeans.


Target archery is the most popular form of archery, archers shoot at stationary circular targets at varying distances both indoors and outdoors. All types of bow – longbow, barebow, recurve and compound – can be used. The term ’round’ is used to define the number of arrows and distances shot within an archery tournament.  In the UK, Imperial rounds (measured in yards), are still used for many tournaments and these have slightly different rules to WA (metric) rounds, which are used internationally. Archers are divided into seniors and juniors, with juniors being those under the age of 18 being further divided into age banding categories.


Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying (and often unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain. As well as being a sport in its own right, it can be used to improve the techniques and abilities required for bowhunting in a realistic outdoor setting.  A variety of targets may be used as part of a field shoot including black spot targets, 2D & 3D animals.


When competing in a Clout, archers shoot their arrows at a flag (known as “the Clout”) from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag. Scoring zones are defined by circular zones around the flag that increase in size. Arrows are scored individually and points are warded based on the scoring zone it enters the ground. Arrows that embedded in the flag pole are the given the highest scoring. If an arrow is lying on the ground, the position of the point determines the scoring zone.