Shoot report – Castle – August 2014

Castle Bowmen

Castle Bowmen

Last weekend we were up in Woodhall Spa for an archery friends birthday. Being a gentleman I refuse to give the ladies age, but will say it was a great evening and thanks for inviting us.
On Sunday we headed to a local club for their trophy shoot
On a non archery note we were incredibly lucky to be in the best spot possible to see the only 2 remaining Lancaster bombers fly past the wood. These beautiful old aircraft cruised over the wood in formation giving a wonderful display to the handful of us that saw it.
Lancaster bomber

Lancaster bomber – sorry not a great photo

Castle’s grounds are flat but as is tradition with the club they make use of some of the old army bunkers to allow you to shoot off the top of them. The course was made up of 40 3d targets of varying distances and quality. It had been a few years since we had made it to Castle, a previous shoot report is here.
Sharon shooting off the rooftop

Sharon shooting off the rooftop

We would be shooting with Roger and Irene from Kings Lynn club.

Not sure why but I don’t think I gelled with the course. Our first target was billed as a predator prey but in reality it was simply two targets set up with one one set of pegs. I’m glad we shot this early in the day as I know it provided a hold up for others.

First target of day

First target of day

Think some of the juniors might have struggled with the distance as the red, white and blue pegs were next to one another on several shots, which made them on the longer side.
There were a couple of really nice shots like the grizzly bear though the trees, though there was a stone block behind it.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

I think a couple of shots could have been positioned a little further from surrounding trees so that the arrows did not ‘whip round’ against them.
Beaver in the wood

Beaver in the wood

Another nice shot was a black panther through an abandoned and partially collapsed roof.
Black Panther

Black Panther

An interesting shot was the drunken bear, complete with empty cans and traffic cone.

Drunken bear

Drunken bear

Sharon came away with a first place but I only managed a 3rd, should have shot better but just couldn’t get my head into the right place or the arrows.

Thanks for reading.

Good luck for the Scottish Championships

Quick note to all NFAS archers heading north of the border for the Scottish Championships this weekend.

Normally the shoot, hosted by Aulk Kirk  (http://www.auldkirkbowmen.co.uk/) Bowmen is held over Easter but due to heavy snow this year it was postponed to August Bank holiday.

Here’s hoping you have good weather and great shooting over weekend and good luck.