Currently all Wight Company of Archers shoots do not allow the use of Compound Bows, Metal or Carbon Arrows due to the agreements made with the landowners


The New Whistle Rule

At all NFAS shoots you MUST now carry a whistle on your person (not just one in each group), this is mandatory and is essential to keeping our sport safe. Whistles are to be used with the following rationale:

Should an accident or emergency occur whilst shooting, the procedure is as follows:
One capable person (usually an adult) shall give the emergency signal of THREE blasts followed by a pause.

The signal shall be repeated until a Club Official or Marshall arrives at the scene.

On hearing the emergency signal all archers Must stop shooting and await further instructions.

On hearing the emergency signal, the emergency procedure of the club or host will take over and they must use their stop shooting signal to stop all shooting - which will also be three blasts.

If there is more than one course, then shooting must stop on all courses.

If there are other people on site they must remain in the area they are in until told otherwise by a Club Official or Marshall. For example this applies to campers or tradesmen.


The restart will be on an air horn or the pre-communicated start shooting signal that is used to start the shoot, which is usually one blast.

Only the hosts/organisers may give any instruction to re-start - Archers must not take advice from anyone else!


  1. All shoots held under the auspices of the NFAS will be over unmarked distances.
  2. Shooting classes are:- Primitive, Longbow, American Flatbow, Hunting Tackle, Bowhunter, Barebow, Freestyle, Crossbow, Compound Limited and Unlimited
  3. A bow may be changed at lunch break. A broken bow may be replaced by a borrowed bow. If an archer retires due to bow or string breakage he may only complete the round being shot with the Field Captain's permission and accompanied by chosen witnesses.
    1. The bow speed of any class of bow shall not exceed 300 feet per second (allowing a 3% tolerance for chronograph error). Bow speed may be randomly tested at national events or club shoots with three arrows being shot at full draw from a distance of four yards from the chronograph and an average taken as the bow speed.
  4. Arrows.
    • Every arrow shot must be clearly marked with the contestant's name, initials or insignia.
    • All arrows must be clearly marked so as to indicate the order in which they were shot. If an error occurs, the group must be informed before the next arrow is shot for the incorrectly shot arrow to score.
    • Arrows which unduly damage targets, such as broadheads and blunts are not permitted and no such hunting arrows, neither broadhead nor blunts, will be carried during a tournament.
  5. Accessories etc
    1. No archer will make use of any mechanism for calibrating the distance to be shot. The use of rangefinders or binoculars is prohibited. Neither shall a contestant receive such information from another person using such equipment, not from an archer waiting to shoot or having shot. Peg-to-peg and target-to-target distances may not be paced.
    2. No contestant may record information relative to distance or condition of a target stand.
    3. Archers suffering from a prolonged disability may be allowed to use appropriate aids and/or methods on production of adequate medical evidence to the Executive.
    4. The use of electrical or electronic solenoid operated release aid or trigger mechanism is banned.
    5. Cameras may be used subject to their not being an annoyance to any other archer
  6. Scoring
    1. Status and scoring value of all arrows shall be determined before an arrow is withdrawn from any position within the target face.
    2. An arrow cutting into the line separating two scoring zones is to receive the higher score.
    3. A witnessed bounce or complete penetration can be scored. Its scoring value shall be that of the lowest scoring zone unless positive evidence of a higher score exists.
    4. Skids and ricochets, into the target may be scored but not if they bounce out or completely penetrate.
    5. An arrow hitting another arrow and remaining embedded in that arrow shall have the same score as that arrow. If it ricochets off an arrow, then its score shall be determined by the position its own shaft.
    6. All open shoots shall be double scored and no archer shall score both cards of the same archer.
  7. Juniors
    1. Age limits 12/15 years inclusive. From 16th birthday all archers must shoot in the senior class
    2. For Game and Bushman targets having A, B & C pegs, 14 & 15 year olds will shoot pegs B, C, C, 12 & 13 year olds shoot C, U12, U12. On group 1 targets a special junior peg shall be positioned suitable for lighter weight bows.
    3. For the Forester round Juniors will shoot from the adult pegs at 6” and 12” targets (also applies to 2-shot Bushman). At 18” targets they will shoot as in rule B. At 24” targets they will shoot two arrows from each of 3rd and 4th pegs.
    4. For other rounds, organisers must make clear from which pegs(s) Juniors are to shoot.
  8. Under 12s
    For all rounds a special U12 peg is to be suitably positioned at each target bearing in mind the small stature and low bow weight of most under 12 archers.
  9. Shooting
    1. The archer’s leading foot, even when kneeling, i.e. bow held in left hand, left foot; bow held in right hand, right foot, must touch and not be forward of the shooting peg.
    2. Archers must not employ any form of drawing technique where an untimely (or uncontrolled) release of the arrow may put others at risk. For example, the use of equipment that requires the high draw technique due to the archer being 'over-bowed' is not permitted.
    3. At no time in Championship competition shall any contestant be allowed to shoot who has prior knowledge of the course to be shot over.




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