Field Archery

Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying (marked and unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain.

One goal of field archery is to improve techniques and abilities in a more realistic outdoor setting. As with golf, fatigue can be an issue as the athlete walks the distance between targets across sometimes rough terrain. Field Archery is usually shot according to either FITAor NFAS rules. FITA rounds consist of 24 targets, which may have marked or unmarked distances depending on the specific type of round. FITA Field Archery is very popular in Western Europe whereas 3D is shot mostly in the Americas and Oceania, but is now getting popular in Europe.


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FITA Field Tournaments

FITA (Federation International de Tir a l'Arc or International Archery Federation) defines a 24 target field round known as the FITA 24.

A mix of target sizes is specified together with a range of distances for each target size. Distances are measured in metres. The round may have marked distances, unmarked distances, or (in the Mixed round) a combination of both. A Combined FITA 24 consists of a 24 target unmarked round shot on one day and a 24 target marked round shot on the same course the following day, with the distances having been increased for the marked round.

Target faces have four black outer rings and a yellow spot, each with an equal width. The yellow spot is subdivided into two rings. The black rings score 1 point for the outermost to 4 points for the innermost. A hit in the outer yellow scores 5 points. A hit in the inner yellow scores 6 points. Before April 2008, the innermost yellow ring counted as an X (the number of Xs was used for tie-breaks) but only scored 5 points.

There are other types of field tournaments by other governing bodies such as The National Field Archery Society (NFAS)