On a chilly and slightly damp Sunday Sharon and I headed to the Spirit of Sherwood grounds. It is a course we have shot numerous times before and you can check out the previous review here. This shoot would be a wooden arrow only
Sadly this was the first time I have ever had to withdraw from a shoot but after falling fowl of a chesty cough I did not feel up to shooting the entire course and withdrew after a few shots. A couple of days later and following a visit to the local doctors surgery I would be diagnosed with a chest infection and on a course of antibiotics. So this is a bit of a short review.
Anyway back to the somewhat brief shoot report. There were 36 targets on the course mostly 3Ds, sadly I only got to see a few, but he ones I did view were set to the normal high standards expected of SOS courses.
I spoke to a few people who said they had a long slow day, having to wait on targets. I think might be due to the popularity of Spirit of Sherwood. It attracts a lot of archers of all levels, which is great but can sometimes cause delays.
Of the few shots I did get to see was a very nicely set Ram 3D positioned by a tree stump. I think it was a great bit of course laying and what made it a good shot was that you weren’t sure of the size of the target or exact angle of the 3D.
I think Sharon probably had the luckiest shot of the day where she managed to get a very lucky shot on a 3D bear.
As has become a trademark of the Christmas shoot at Spirit of Sherwood there were boxes of quality street boxes located round the course.
The woodland terrain is flat with the course arranged in three loops round a central admin and catering spot, making it pretty easy to get round.
The course layers make good use of the tree covers affording for framed shots using the trees to provide avenues for archers to negotiate.
Another thing that Spirit are famous for is their cake stall and if you ever have the chance of shooting there make sure you get the cakes early as they disappear very quickly.
I do wonder what the future will hold for the club as their grounds are due to be visited by loggers in the next few months and going by the number of trees marked for removal I wonder what the woods will look like. Here’s hoping for the best for the club as they set some of the best courses in the NFAS in my view.
As always thanks for reading. I would also like to say thanks for following this blog over the past year. I appreciate all the comments on here or in person.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas, with safe journeys and great memories. Good luck for the New Year too.
Thanks for your comments Rob, yes you are right about the shoot being a bit slow at times but it is a price we have to pay due to attracting both new and occasional archers. Shame you had to give up.
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Thanks Ken. We both really enjoy your clubs shoots and make an effort to get there. Sadly I was not in a condition to enjoy it. Happy Christmas to you and Joan