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An archery discipline in which archers walk a target course in the woods, or through fields – or both.
Think of it like a golf course, where the “holes” are three-dimensional, foam targets that look like various game animals – deer, bears, leopards, antelope, etc. So archers move from station to station, where they shoot at these animal targets at various (known or unknown) distances, in varying settings. It started as a way for bowhunters to practice on lifelike targets in places similar to where they hunt.
There are recreational 3D shoots held by archery clubs, individuals and organizations all over the country. They may or may not be competitive events. Some are held strictly for hunting practice.
The governing body of 3D archery is Canada is Archery Canada and each province in Canada has a Provincial Sport Organization to represent its’ members. Archery Alberta follows Archery Canada and World Archery rules. 3D archery typically runs an indoor season in the winter and outdoor in the summer months.
The most recognizable format of modern archery. It takes place both outdoors and indoors, over distances of up to 90 metres and using the traditional five-colour, 10-ring target.
International target archery includes two bowstyles: recurve and compound. Recurve target archery is included on the Olympic Programme, compound target archery is featured at the World Games and both are included in the Paralympic Games.
Target archers shoot at circular targets which are fixed at specific marked distances. Archers shoot on a level field with their feet or the wheels of their wheelchair on either side of a stationary shooting line. Archers may use longbow, barebow, recurve, and compound bows in target archery. This discipline is also associated with specific targets and rules made by the World Archery Federation. Formerly known by its French acronym FITA, it was founded on the 4th of September, 1931 in Lwow, Poland to set rules and standards for international archery competition.
In this discipline, archers shoot on a walking course – sometimes called a “roving course” – that’s usually wooded. Target distances vary from less than 10 yards to 80 yards (for IFAA/NFAA Field shoots) or 10 – 60 meters for World Archery Field Courses. Target faces differ based on the round being shot.
Archers may shoot field, hunter or animal rounds. In the field round, targets are black and white with a black center; in the hunter division, targets are all black with thin white rings and a white center; and in the animal division, paper targets feature colorful images of animals. In World Archery the targets are black with a yellow/gold center.