I’ve had a few discussions recently about range set up and how I’ve set up our range. I thought I would share how my range is set up to support both marked and unmarked distances practice.
We as a club don’t have any indoor facilities so our range is outdoor and this means we need to consider how it can be used all year round. Currently all the trees are in full leaf, but in winter months it can be quite cold.
We have only 2 bosses unlike other clubs that have several. These are in static positions, meaning we don’t have to set them up each time we want to use them. There are only 2 due to the space available.
These are arranged in 2 shooting lanes.
Each has a 60 ft overshoot behind, which enters into a small cop of trees, with catching mats at 30 feet behind each boss in the trees. These catching mats are sections of old carpet hung to act as a simple arrow stop. Beyond the 60 ft overshoot there is a 30ft high earth embankment. Most of the time arrows don’t reach the backstop mat but they are there just in case. If necessary, I can rig a backstop net between the trees, though I’ve found this seldom necessary.
The 2 shooting lanes are set up near parallel to each other with approximately 10 yards apart at boss end and 15 yards approximately at the furthest shooting pegs.
One shooting lane is marked and pegged at 5-yard increments for archers to develop their eye for fixed distance, to calculate their gaps or set up their sights. This is the one shown in the photograph above.
The other is unmarked distances with coloured pegs used by NFAS adults, so red, white and blue. You can just see the target boss beyond the yellow shrub in the above photograph. These are set to use the available ground and vegetation to simulate what you might encounter on a shoot. So, the red is by a tree, which forces the archer to adjust stance to avoid branches as they draw up. The white is on a small mound of earth so the forward foot touching the peg is higher than back foot. This helps archer develop their stance and balance on uneven terrain.
The blue peg is in the open but with trees between the peg and target giving an optical illusion on distance.
Periodically I move these coloured pegs slightly so they are slightly different. So, I might move the white peg forward, resulting in the archers back foot now being higher. This ensures archers don’t get complacent.
The coloured pegs are not set at 5-yard distances so the red is around 33 yards, white 27 and blue 21. This is deliberate again, so not at 20, 25, 30-yard distances that they might have practiced on the marked distance.
This has proved to help archers who want to get these gaps in and then practice unmarked distances with feedback being positive.
I hope this helps, thanks for reading.