Information on the Field Tournament
Welcome to the Annual Texas State Field Championship
We want to thank Nolan and John Blaschke for allowing us to shoot on their exotic deer ranch.
CAUTION: First and foremost, this is an exotic deer ranch and sometimes they have to shoot a tranquilizer dart to make the deer inactive to transport or for whatever reason. There are used darts all over the place. Please do not pick them up and play with them. They were potent enough to drop a 1000 pound animal so it is possible there might still be potent enough to make you drowsy so leave them alone.
(1) The course is measured in meters.
(2) If you are required to shoot from a position, you must shoot that position. If the position is awkward, you may move sideways and if necessary behind the stake but certainly not at a different distance. If your 5 meter mark is on the side of a hill, it is unsportsman-like to shoot from the 10 meter stake just because the 10 meter stake is on flat ground. This was reported to me after the fact. If a person is spotted doing that this, they will be DQ’ed. Enough said on that.
(3) You are allowed to assist each other by using an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper (or equivalent) for blocking the sun.
(4) We will try to have signs LEH ( leave equipment here) which means you do not have to carry your equipment to score as you will return to that area before moving to the next target.
(5) Lost arrows: If you leave your equipment at the shooting line, this will tell the next group that people are behind the target looking for arrows. If you carry your equipment to the target, lean a bow in front of the target. This will let the next group know that there are people behind the target looking for arrows.
(6) Three arrows per end. On the 40cm multiple target faces, if you shoot an arrow on a target other than your own, it counts as one of your three arrows and will be designated as an "M" on the scorecard. On the 20cm multiple target faces, that same above applies but also, do not shoot more than one arrow per face or the higher value will count as an "M" and only the two lowest scoring arrows will count. I will explain more about that later.
(7) Three or Four people per target. Rotate each target. If you shoot first on an even-numbered target, then you will shoot first on all even-numbered targets. If you shoot first on an odd-numbered target, then you shoot first on all odd-numbered targets. If you shoot with a group that shoots from different distances, shoot the longer stakes first. Use the odd/even when appropriate.
(8) Shoot from behind the stake as close as possible. Some stakes will allow a person to shoot on either side; 2 at a time. Other stakes are single shooting, one person at a time.
(9) Masters, Adults and Juniors shoot from the RED post
Barebow and Cadets shoot from the BLUE posts
Cub shoot from the new WHITE posts.
Bowman shoot from the YELLOW posts. Yeoman 5-30 meters or less(new for 2011)
We don’t have any WHITE markers so read the distance stenciled on the stakes.
(10) Scoring is 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The yellow center outer ring is scored 5, the inner ring (formerly the X-ring) is scored 6.
(11) Arrows are scored in descending order. for example 6-5-4 etc.
(12) Count the 6's and 5's separately If there is a tie, the organizers will add the 6's and 5's together. If still tied, the number of 6's will prevail. If still tied, I will head to the rule book for more info.
(13) Mark your arrow holes in case of bounce-out or pass-through. If you have a bounce-out, look for an unmarked hole. If there are more than one unmarked hole, then you have to score the lowest unmarked hole……………..unless someone is scoping your arrow and verify the general area where it hit….then look for an unmarked hole in that area. On a pass through, first make sure there are no arrows close to lines, like a line cutter, then push the arrow straight back into the target until the nock appears.
(14) If you have a soft spot in the target, or if the arrow penetrates the target matt, then move the target face to so that others will not have a problem.
(15) No Running score, just END scores. Add your score at the end of each 12 targets. If you start on target five, you finish on target four.
(16) Arrows that fail to reach the target face will be marked an M on the scorecard. Skip ins do not count, i.e. an arrow that rebounds off the ground or off a tree.
(17) Camouflage clothing is not allowed. Blues jeans is acceptable and encouraged.
(18) The target that you are assigned to begin shooting will count for score. The NFAA has a one-target practice rule but FITA does not, so first target is for score.
(19) This is a physical course and is over a mile and a half in length. Wear proper shoes/hiking boots to protect the ankles, as many of the shooting positions will NOT be flat. Long pants/trousers are advisable to ward off stickers, brush, poison oak, etc.
Even after these repeated warnings, people still show up in nylon running shorts and sneakers. Please respect nature and the dangers of nature. You can turn an ankle in the woods very easily. We can treat first aid but we cannot treat dumbness! I don’t care how hot it gets, I ALWAYS wear long pants when I shoot the field round.
(20) There are limited targets that are level or flat. Be aware of your sight settings as two targets are shot into the sky so set your sight properly or prepare for a long hike to the next county to retrieve your arrow or just say good-bye to it.
(21) The “SPOOL” is shot from an elevated position that requires a set of steps. Walk up with caution. The shooting position is marked off with small boards and paint. Stay within the shooting boundaries. We don’t want anyone falling off the spool.
(22) Compounds are limited to 60 pounds and sky pulling is illegal. This is very important in field shooting. Even though the targets are arranged so that targets and not in front or behind other targets, a miss-shot arrow due to sky pulling could send an arrow to another part of the range. Please draw your compound carefully.
(23) Avoid touching trees with vines.
As a refresher:
For the marked distances:
Adults/Masters/Junior: 10-60 meters.
Barebow/Cadet: 5-50 meters.
Cub: 5-40 meters.
Bowman: 5-30 meters.
Yeoman 5-30 meters of less - must have adult with them during shooting
ENJOY – PLAY SAFE!