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South Hams Field Archery Club Open Shoot 15th May 2011

Report by James Rigler


Additional pictures taken by James can be accessed from the NFAS open shoots page


The South Hams Field Archery Club shoot on the 15th May 2011 was a 6-30am set off from home arriving at 9am, on a lovely warm but cloudy day. Once all kitted up a brisk 5-10 minute walk through the woods to the well marked out gathering zone. Just in time for breakfast and a quick practice I mean chat about crossbows. At 10 o'clock we all gathered around to hear that today would be 36 Targets consisting of 3D and 2D and one window target?.

Time for walkout to target 8 first of the day, which funnily enough was right beside the entrance to the car park! Just like South Hams first shoot last year again another hard and challenging course was set up. Mixture of uphill and downhill shots through tight tree lines and tricky testing short targets that left you thinking just how long was it? The best of the day were a standing Black Bear downhill, line of sight looking at a very small opening with over hanging branches. The other being a Crocodile lying on the edge of the stream which flowed through the woods, this one I missed with my first arrow but made sure with my second. A cleverly laid out course that made you visit the Tea Tent three times during the day, must say the Burgers and Cakes were very nice!



Guest what finished the day on the Window Target which was a small Kestrel I think perched in a window frame hung on a branch. Finished on a first arrow kill with a finishing score of 682. Decided to put all our gear back in our cars before making our way back to the Tea Tent. I must say this shoot is becoming one of my favorites as I again came first in the Crossbow section, very much worth the long journey and would be great if more went to shoot there.




Fleet Ibex Open Shoot 24th April 2011

Report by James Rigler


Additional pictures taken by James can be accessed from the NFAS open shoots page


 

This shoot is a long distance to travel for us each year, but it is always an enjoyable one. So this year I booked a caravan pitch at Mellows Farm at Picketts Hill which was about 2 Miles from the Fleet Ibex shooting ground. The 24th April arrived the sun was out and it was going to be a hot day so I made my way to the shoot, setting off with my wife and son at 9:15am and arriving at 9:17am. Plenty of time to have breakfast and for my son to watch several different styles of bows practicing in front of the full house.

Everyone gathered to hear the brief, 40 targets of mixed 3D and no 24's and oh watch out for the snakes! So the only person representing Ballands Bowmen set of to his first target number 28 which was not far as it was right in front of the tea tent. With new Crossbow and first set of Carbon Arrows nervously approached the first target which was a standing Black Bear about 50 Yards away. Took aim and fired, hit what a relief scored 16 and my day started well.


The rest of the course was very challenging and difficult but enjoyable comprising of tricky shots through trees both long and short including a platform shot at a Deer. The most difficult a Bison, some 72 Yards away through tree line down hill. I narrowly missed just short with my first arrow (bolt) but managed a 14 with my second some 5 Yards closer. Finished the day with a Deer shot in front of the tea tent and a very short walk in which was a great relief as it was still hot. Handed in my score card with a total of 786, only to find out that the only other person with a crossbow who I spoke with earlier that day beat me. So no medal again however today was all about my new bow and gaining confidence for the rest of the year. I now look forward to South Wilts "Blue Bell" shoot which is next weekend.............. can' wait!!