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.
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Shoot report – Paget de Vasey – February 2016

As I’ve said before I always see Paget de Vasey shoot as the start of the NFAS season. It was the NFAS first shoot I ever attended so I make an effort to get there when I can. Fortunately there was no snow or ice this year and the rain mostly stayed away too.
Unlike previous years though this February shoot was smaller, as they were only using the smaller wood which meant it would be a twice round 18. To keep the interest and to make the two halves different the first would be entirely 3d targets and the second would be entirely paper.
Sharon looking amused

Sharon looking amused

You can read my previous shoot report here. Anyway on to the shoot report.
There would be four in our group so joining us would be Andy shooting in gents hunting tackle  and Viv in ladies longbow.
Viv at the first target of the day at Paget

Viv at the first target of the day at Paget

Overall the shoot ran smoothly with the only delay being at lunch break which was expected as people took the time to warm up and have some hot food.
Andy shooting a 3D at Paget

Andy shooting a 3D at Paget

Unlike others I seemed to cope with the paper faces better with very little difference in scoring on the two halves, probably because I shot the 3d targets so poorly. The paper faces were a challenge especially the timber wolf. One nice thing they did was try to match the paper faces with the 3d targets where they could.
Viv shooting the timber wolf

Viv shooting the timber wolf

I think a couple of nets would have been good on a few of the targets not from a safety perspective but for screening. Since they were using the small wood it was inevitable you would see other archers wondering round when you were on the peg .
Andy shooting a 3D at Paget

Andy shooting a 3D at Paget

I still feel that Paget de Vasey is a good shoot for a newbie as it’s friendly, well organised and marshaled.
Sharon shot well especially it was only her second offical time out with her new Blackbrook American Flatbow winning the ladies class.
The day didn’t go well for all though as a friend of ours Nadeem had his Border recurve break at full draw. Fortunately no one was badly hurt and here’s hoping he manages to get it sorted.
So the archery year has started with a friendly and relaxed shoot. They have another in August where they hope to use both woods making a 36 or maybe 40 target course. We’ve already booked our place, who knows maybe we will have warm dry weather.
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Shoot report – Paget de Vasey – February 2015

Paget announcements

Paget announcements

I always think of the Paget shoot as the start of the NFAS year. Though in the NFAS unlike other societies there is no indoor and outdoor season, with shoots going on all year round, Paget just feels like the start. You can read previous shoot reports here 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Having said this it never feels like the start of spring as it is always cold, sometimes bright and cold but always cold. This year was no exception with the morning being cold and exactly as the forecasts predicted after midday it started to rain and didn’t let up until near the end. So Sunday morning saw me scraping the ice off the car before heading up the motorway. Paget is one of our closest shoots so only 40 minutes drive saw us pulling up in the car park.
The course was a mix of 3d targets and paper faces set at sensible distances with a couple of challenging shots but nothing stretched. I think they had taken on board people’s comments from last year. The course is spread over two woods the smaller being their club grounds and the larger rented for the weekend from the activity centre.

Paget is always a popular shoot and this year was no different with most groups being five to a peg. So Sharon and I were surprised to see only one other person join us Anthony from Frankly shooting hunting tackle.

Paget marshals  sheltering from cold

Paget marshals sheltering from cold

Not sure if the photo does it justice but they had a new dinosaur 3d between the trees.

Dinosaur 3D

Dinosaur 3D

I didn’t approach the shoot with much confidence following a fall I had at SVYF on Saturday which jarred my back and shoulder.
Sorry there aren’t many photos but I didn’t want my phone being soaked so only have a few from earlier in the day.

3D mountain lion

3D mountain lion

Catering was as fantastic as always with the cottage pie warming us up for the second half perfectly. I think the only downside to the day were a few delays which occurred when target bosses had to be replaced as heavier poundage bows were passing through. This the organisers dealt with as quickly as possible but inevitably did cause a few delays and hold ups but in fairness I’ve seen this at other shoots too.

Sharon shooting a paper face deer.

Sharon shooting a paper face deer.

Paget has great facilities but they pay a price as they have limited access to the larger wood which I know they struggled with this year.
Unlike some from SVYF members who did well on the raffle we didn’t win anything. I mention the raffle as I liked the way the organisers bagged up multiple items into one prize which looked good and worked well. It meant there were 10 or so decent prizes rather than a mix of good and not so good.
Despite the poor weather, Sharon shot really well winning ladies hunting tackle and in fact scoring better than all the men too. As for me the shoulder held out partly due to attaching a heatpack to keep it warm. I managed a respectable second place with my second time out shooting AFB, but was aching lots on Sunday night.
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