Sharon shooting a 3D dragon target at Paget de Vasey

Shoot Report- Paget de Vesey – February 2018

Paget de Vasey NFAS shoot February 2018

Paget de Vasey NFAS shoot February 2018

I know I’ve said this before but I have always thought of the Paget de Vesey shoot as marking the start of the NFAS outdoor season. True there are shoots throughout the year now but I still think of it as the start of the shooting year. For those interested you can have a read of a past shoot report here. Surprisingly there wasn’t any rain or even snow this year, which in the past has marked Paget shoots. Actually it didn’t really turn that cold until the afternoon.

Sharon shooting a 3D target at Paget de Vasey

Sharon shooting a 3D target at Paget de Vasey

Paget club have a small wood where they had set up a twice round 18 and unlike other shoots who simple have you go round the course twice, Paget had added another dimension.
The first time you shot round, you were shooting at a 3D target they’d set up. When you shot the last target in the first circuit  you removed the 3D target and uncovered the target boss behind, which had a paper face. This meant you would shoot 18 3D targets and 18 Paper faces. Nice simple idea of providing different options.
This year there were 5 in our shooting group, Wayne and young Tabbatha, with Mike and Hazel (though Hazel wasn’t shooting).
Our shooting group at Paget

Our shooting group at Paget

Pagets’ ground is flat and criss-crossed with small drainage gullies ditches, which the course layers tried to incorporate into their shots. They had also built a series of raised platform to offer a different prospective but due to the confined space their weren’t many long shots.
Sharon shooting off one of the platforms at Paget de Vasey

Sharon shooting off one of the platforms at Paget de Vasey

There were a couple of shots that felt a bit close to one another but it seemed to work okay.
With over 80 archers it was a bit of a slow day at times. Having said this, it was  really good to meet up and chat with a few followers of the site about different shooting topics, from coping mechanism on shoots when things don’t go well to past articles and possible future topics.
3d Armadillo at Paget de Vasey

3d Armadillo at Paget de Vasey

The course set up with the 50/50 split, seemed to work well and was I think well received by most attending. It is quite a good way to offer a bit of difference to the normal twice round 18. The only negative comment I heard was from a gap shooter who said once you’d shot the first time round you had a good idea of the distances.
Wayne shooting complete with unique hat

Wayne shooting complete with unique hat

One observation with the course set up is concerning the junior pegs. Whilst they worked well for the 3Ds they will have to be careful for them not to be a bit far when the paper faces. I do think it is a layout that works well for small woodlands, so well done guys.
Sharon shooting a 3D dragon target at Paget de Vasey

Sharon shooting a 3D dragon target at Paget de Vasey

The shoot was a shoot through which worked well with the twice round 18. With the paper faces being the second half I think people struggled more, as paper faces are less friendly, this resulted in more second and third arrows, which in turned slowed the day down a little.
Overall, I thought it was a good day, though a bit slow. Sharon shot really well being the highest scoring wooden arrow shooter on the day.
Thanks for reading.
Archers setting off for the start of the shoot

Shoot Report – Forest of Arden – July 2017

Forest of Arden mustering and announcements

Forest of Arden mustering and announcements

So on a slightly overcast Sunday morning Sharon and I packed the car for the short run up the motorway to Forest of Arden’s grounds. For those interested here is a link to the last shoot report I wrote on Forest so you can have an idea of what they were like then.  Despite it being overcast we had fairly good weather, without any heavy showers or backing heat, though there seemed lots of bugs out enjoying the good weather and archers as a source of food. Note to self need to get some more insect repellent and after bite cream. Enough of this waffle, onto the course details.

The course would be 40 targets, all 3Ds and we would shoot with Julie and Roger from LEFA (Long Eaton Field Archers) which is always a good laugh. Roger has gone back to shooting Hunting Tackle and Julie is trying out shooting compound in bow hunter. Considering it was only her second time out with it, she shot really well throughout the day. Do think she needs thicker arrows as the number of times she was just off the line a thicker arrow might have made the difference.

Julie shooting 3D before lunch break

Julie shooting 3D before lunch break

The shoot was a shoot through with Forest having organised a second catering stop at one end of the woodland, along with the main one at admin and muster point. This seemed to work well.

They did have a lower turnout than normal for their shoot with approximately 100 archers. I think part of this may have been due to the wedding of two midland archers the day before. I can I take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations Rich and Alex.

I think the fewer numbers actually worked better as personally I feel there were a few targets a bit close to the previous one. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it was dangerous just a little snug and if there had been more people I think a couple of pegs might have been a bit crowded. This is a personal view and for those that shot the course feel free to disagree. The course layers at Forest had obviously worked hard to change the course as it was reworked since the last time we’d shot there, having reversed the route round the wood.

Archers waiting for the start

Archers waiting for the start

Having said this Forests course layers produced some very nicely set targets making use of the grounds they have which is a mix of deciduous and conifer woodland, with some dips and hollows. Unlike the last visit there weren’t the giant foxgloves covering the forest floor, though there were some wild raspberry plants doted round the woodland. Wild raspberries are smaller than cultivated ones but taste great, being quite sweet.

One target worth mentioning is the 3D lion shot off the hillside. This obviously caught out few archers by the number of arrows stuck high in the tree on way to the target.  There were 4 arrows there when we got to the target.

Julie shooting 3D

Julie shooting 3D

For us it was a very relaxed day and flowed well, I know a couple of groups got held up and found it a bit slow at times, but most seemed to be fine. It was great to meet up with one local reader of the blog who commented on how glad he was to see recent months actions hadn’t stopped me writing. Thanks your comments means a lot.

This was the largest group outing for the recently formed Briar Rose field Archers, with eight members present. Of the eight, four came away with medals. Lee getting 3rd in gents American flatbow, Gail also shot well considering she hasn’t been out much recently getting 3rd in ladies Bare-bow. Sharon shot well winning ladies AFB and I managed first in gents AFB.

Briar Rose Field Archers at Forest of Arden

Briar Rose Field Archers at Forest of Arden – Andy, Jayne, Gail and Sharon

Special congratulations to Roger who put in a storming score in hunting tackle of nearly 800pts.

Thanks for reading.