Good luck for NFAS nationals

So the National Field Archery Society, national championships are just round the corner. I always see this as the culmination of the NFAS calendar of events.

For those unfamiliar with the format of the championships, it is a two day event where competitors shoot 2 different courses over unmarked distances. A couple of difference to this year’s event sees the competition going back to being solely paper faces. For the last couple of years it’s been a near 50/50 split of paper and 3D targets. This year also sees an increase to 40 targets on both days from the normal 36. Another development is the early start to registration on Sunday, which registration starting at 7 am and ending at 8 am. More details can be found on an earlier post or on the nfas website.

Sadly yet again this year I approach it feeling unprepared and not at full health. Maybe one year I might not fall victim to a flu bug or make the time to practise more in the run up to it. Yes I know what many of you might think, he’s just making excuses, he’ll be fine, he always shoots well.

Well let me just share these words of wisdom I read recently.

Practise breeds confidence, confidence breeds’ success.

I haven’t felt well enough to practise, so I am lacking confidence therefore not expecting success.

Anyway, enough of my moans, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish good luck to all attending the event. Fingers crossed it will stay dry.

Thanks for reading.

Close up of bear and forester

Shoot Report – Spirit of Sherwood – August 2018

Spirit of Sherwood muster

Spirit of Sherwood muster

Firstly before I start this shoot report I along with Sharon would like to say a huge thanks to a wonderful host Karen for putting us up for the night and for the great Bar-B-Que on Saturday night before the shoot. The grounds are quite a long drive for us, so being able to stay over the night before was great. Anyway back to the important thing for you, the shoot report.

Spirit of Sherwood’s is a favourite for ours and has been for many years.  You can read a previous shoot report here if you are interested.

As normal Spirit of Sherwood is well attended

As normal Spirit of Sherwood is well attended

For those not familiar with Spirit of Sherwood’s grounds, it offers pretty flat terrain with a mix of woodland and as always is well attended. The course would comprise of 40 targets of mostly 3D targets.

As normal with Spirit of Sherwood’s course it is organised into 3 loops as it meanders round the mix leaf woodland around a central catering and admin point. There would be 5 of use in our shooting group that Sunday Derek, Chris and Nigel, joining Sharon and myself.

Sharon on the peg at Spirit of Sherwood

Sharon on the peg at Spirit of Sherwood

It would prove to be a very warm day which took a toll on many of the archers, ourselves included. To combat this Spirit had organised a series of water stations on the course, where people could top up there bottles. One very considerate factor was including a water source for the dogs too.

shot from the tower returned

shot from the tower returned

There were some familiar shots to those that have shot Spirit before, such as the shot from the tower, though it must be said that there has to be a very artistic member of Spirit of Sherwood clan as there are a couple of really amazing hand painted target faces. This includes the orc from the tower and a very cool large spider.

Shot between the trees at the Spirit of Sherwood shoot

Shot between the trees at the Spirit of Sherwood shoot

In contrast there was one paper face that was pretty tough to make out, that of the badger which was pretty hard to make out even when next to it.

3D target at Spirit of Sherwood

3D target at Spirit of Sherwood

As it was it would prove to be a slow day and I think this was largely due to the weather, sapping peoples strength, though I did here there were a couple of slow groups, which may have added to the delays. Possibly Spirit is a victim of its own success as it is known for being a good shoot and is very popular amongst many in the NFAS. It is also a shoot popular with newbies as the target are set at sensible distances and the terrain is fairly easy to navigate.

Sharon shooting at Spirit of Sherwood

Sharon shooting at Spirit of Sherwood

One shot which I thought showed a great level of creativity was that of the tree surgeon or forester stuck up a tree with a large black bear 3d below looking hungrily upwards. Great bit of course laying as the bear was set at a good sensible distance and nice scene setting.

3D bear and forester shot

3D bear and forester shot

The fun shot of the shoot saw the return of the moving target, the now famous or should that be infamous barn door. Complete with the sticker for those that missed.

View from the peg of shoot between the trees

View from the peg of shoot between the trees

Tough shot between the trees at a small 3D

close up of shot between the trees at a small 3D

Think the only down side of the event was outside of the organisers control, as the caters ran out of water! Not great as I think everyone was gasping for a drink by the end of the day.

Sharon didn’t shoot well in the afternoon and I think this was down to feeling tired from the heat and though she denies it I think having a sausage bap at lunch when feeling warm was not a good plan. We both came away with second places in flatbow.

Thanks for reading.

Shooting group at Wolverine

Shoot Report – Wolverine Archers – April 2018

Wolverine Archers

Wolverine Archers

So we loaded the car on Sunday morning for the drive up the motorway to the Wolverine grounds, while still being slightly jet lagged from our Canadian ski holiday. Due to multiple sets of road works it would prove to be a slow drive north and equally slow drive home at the end of the day. You can read a write up of a previous shoot visit here.

This time there were some 105 archers making the trip and enjoying the shoot, a few less attendees than normal, though still a good turn out. Maybe a few had been put off by the prospect of road works. We were very fortunate to have a great group with Lynne and Mark from Centaura, Lynne shooting Barebow and Mark primitive. Though I have to say that at times we weren’t being overly serious.
Wolverine has got a bit of an unfair rep with some for having parking issues if its wet, which I feel is a little unfair as if you drive carefully you shouldn’t have any problems and there are always plenty of people willing to help if you get stuck.
The course on this occasion would comprise of 36 target comprising a mix of paper and 3D faces, with more 3Ds than paper faces.
Tricky shot at paper face mountain lion between trees

Tricky shot at paper face mountain lion between trees

Downhill 3D boar shot at wolverine

Downhill 3D boar shot at wolverine

3D leaning bear seen from red peg

3D leaning bear seen from red peg

Sharon shooting at Wolverine

Sharon shooting at Wolverine

Sharon shooting at 3D

Sharon shooting at 3D

Lynne shooting at a small 3D dragon up the the hillside

Lynne shooting at a small 3D dragon up the the hillside

Lynne shooting at paper face target between trees and uphill

Lynne shooting at paper face target between trees and uphill

Another 3D boar shot at wolverine. It was actually shoot from the right off a bank

Another 3D boar shot at wolverine. It was actually shoot from the right off a bank

Shooting group at Wolverine

Shooting group at Wolverine

 

I think the laughing round and good humour must have works as we all four of us came away with medals, with 3 first places Sharon, Lynne and myself with Mark getting a second.
Thanks for reading.