Once upon a time, long ago I said I would write a piece on what I do as a hobby. My nickname here is an accurate description of what I love doing which is a form of archery called field shooting. This is very different from what you might see on the Olympics or what you might imagine archery as being, nice flat field, set distance, nice bright coloured target to shoot at, not for me, damn boring, I do it, but only when I can’t get to a field shoot, and the bloody weather today means I am writing not doing today!!!!
Field shooting often takes place in woods and all bowstyles are catered for, from Compound (Darkside), Recurve, Long Bow, and my style which is recurve barebow which means no sights (compound and recurve have sights) and I am very limited to what I can have on the bow, I use a method called string walking for various distances, basically this allows me to bring the rear of the arrow down for short distances.
Barebow archers shoot distances from 5mts -50mts and if you think shooting 5 mts is easy, the target is only 20cm and the gold no larger than a 10p piece, also we are often shooting up and down hill and have trees in awkward places, we also shoot from light to shade and visa versa, which can make things really interesting, think of this aiming uphill at a 80cm set 50mts away with trees either side of the target, shooting over a fallen tree and also shooting from heavy shade into bright sunlight where the target is set. That was a shot at All British and Open Field Shoot in 2009.
It is a fascinating sport as we get to shoot in some glorious areas of the country from Wales to Queen Elizabeth Park by Petersfield.