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.

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Update on the recent theft from archery club

It is nice to be able to provide some positive news of the use of social media at least in the extended archery community. Following my recent article highlighting the vandalism and thefts at Redoubtables club, along with the countless people sharing the Facebook posts and images, there has been a positive outcome.

The club has reported that the majority of the equipment has been recovered and suitable compensation for damages agreed. They can’t currently go into details but things are definitely sounding positive. The Facebook post has now been taken down by the club.

Well done everyone and thanks for reading.

 

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Another archery club vandalised and equipment stolen

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Redoubtables – North Wales

I find it sad I am writing a post  on yet another archery  club who have fallen victim to theft and vandalism. On Thursday night I saw a shared post on Facebook concerning the Redoubtable club in North Wales.

The initial post stated how club’s hut had been broken into and there had been some thefts sadly further information came to light of the extent of the damage and behaviour of the individuals involved.

Not only had the club been broken into but all of their coaching equipment had been stolen. A full list is shown below and as you can see it was quite extensive. So keep an eye on eBay and other sites for archery equipment.

  • 8 Quivers
  • 3 Barnett bows
  • 1 Barnett lil Sioux
  • 1 Green junior bow
  • 1 Yellow junior bow
  • 2 Sherwood bows
  • 1 Recurve Ragim
  • 1 Rec Quicks
  • 1 Rec longshot
  • 1 Rec core
  • 1 Rec optimo
  • 1 Rec panther
  • 1 Rowland snake
  • 1 Left handed Ragim recurve.
  • 26 Assort tabs
  • 20 Assorted arm guards
  • 70 Assorted arrows

Sadly that was not all they did as they took time to vandalise several 3ds, some of which were new and yet to have been shot, sawing off heads and legs, not all of which have been recovered making repairs impossible.

Destroyed 3Ds

Destroyed 3Ds

This is a huge hit for any club and must have taken some planning and time on the part of the thieves to accomplish.

The individuals, yes, I am calling them individuals and not demonising them or name calling. Some may find that strange, but they are people who have a different morale code of conduct. We shouldn’t resort to name calling. Yes be angry and upset, yes let off steam and vent frustration but let’s not reduce our shelves to their level.

CCTV captured two of the individuals using the bows to shoot at farmers live stock. Fortunately their archery skills are as poor as their moral code and no animals were injured but it could have been much worse. I’ve embed the post here.

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What can we do?

I wrote a post back in April (https://wp.me/p1IJTE-Ye)  on securing your club some ideas of what you can do with trail cameras.

Also keep an eye open for suspicious activity or on auction sites where equipment may be sold.

I suggest we all take this weekend to check your clubs security maybe set up some trail cameras, tidy away any tools that thieves could use.

Thanks for reading