Bringing home the pelts…
A ravening pack of ten Scarborian field shooters represented our club at the Wolfshead Open Shoot on Sunday 3rd September. Hunger was sated with some fine bacon butties and mugs of tea while we registered and paid our shoot fees. Fine weather and a good turn out of clubs gave us a sporting day over a strenuous and newly upgraded course with forty 3D targets of which ‘Wolf Hill’ was a great new challenge.
We came home with some medals. Adam won the gold medal as top junior shooter (his third open competition and third win – gold/silver/gold. An excellent achievement). colin won the silver medal in longbow. Medals for our youngest and our oldest members.
Congratulations to all our club shooters – individual scores improve each time and we continue to field the largest club group in every competition we attend, which does us much credit in the field archery community.
Despite the weather being predicted to be stormy weather all day. The group of Scarborough Archers were happy for the forecast to be wrong for a change, and it was a glorious day for the Regent Field Archers Open Shoot in Bridlington. With no need for an early start everyone was wide awake and raring to go.
This course is very easy to get round and is perfect for newer people who are getting into field archery.
In the end, Adam managed to get himself in the medals coming second overall in the Bow Hunter category, even matching his Dad’s score in the process, despite double checking the scores to see if he had actually beaten him.
Phil. was unlucky to be out of the running in the medals achieving a very good score of 500+, not so closely followed by John and Leigh, who had only one missed target around the course.
If you would like to shoot at Regent Archers and have an NFAS card, Colin is more than happy to give you more information regarding this.
It was a grizzly scene on Sunday, 9th June. Where it was discovered that one of our 3D targets had met its maker. With a well executed shot, the weasel fell apart, with the arrow still stuck in the target. Fortunately, Craig the photographer was on the scene and managed to grab an image of the culprit. Although by strange chance, the photo has completely pixelated the culprit.
First Scarborough Archer to find the culprit at the archery field and tell them will win a prize.
The setting for the day. 10 points if you can spot the other group.
A huge number of Scarborian Field Archers went to the Wolfshead competition on Sunday 11th June. With three new shooters joining the ranks and taking part in a difficult shooting terrain, it certainly isn’t the easiest of courses to take part in on your first shoot.
The course has two contrasting areas to shoot, some dense woodland and some open moorland. Each providing a very different type of layout and shooting requirements. The moorlands once again proved to be the trickier of the two, with a few archers taking some tumbles, the odd snake being spotted and the howling winds playing havoc with the arrows.
Shef. John getting another kill.
In the end, it was more of a competition on who could lose and break the least number of arrows. With Phil, Craig and Sean having the most casualties, thus winning or rather losing that competition. Although Colin somehow managed to find his own arrow that he had lost a year ago out in the moorland, still intact and ready to shoot.
Craig found himself stuck (left), he never returned for the group photo. Some say he is still out there.
With the weather starting to turn a bit muggy, we managed to get finished just before the rain made an unwelcome appearance.
After the scores were totalled up, Shef. John, was unlucky by being 30 points away from coming in 3rd in the Longbow class. (One arrow) Phil was the top shooter in our group regarding the AFB class, breaking 400.
However, congratulations must be given to Adam, who came out on top in his Bow Hunter class on his first 40 target shoot. He certainly showed the adults how it’s done.
Well done Adam!
Five Scarborian Field Archers made the short drive (for a change), to Wolfshead Field Archers (26th Feb). The course that is nicknamed among us as the “arrow loser”. It’s a challenging course that is set over open moors and some woodland.
Shooting started off well for everyone, with some high scoring shots in the sheltered woodland, that was until we got onto the open moorland. Andy told us not to worry as his accurate weather report told us, “It’s not very windy”. We didn’t need to worry, although that was in regards to scoring, where everyone racked up 0 after 0, battling the 40mph+ winds, making both scorers have a nice break from adding up.
Shot of the day
Sean managed to get the shot of the day on the moorlands, which would’ve rivalled a compound shooter any day of the week.
A great but rather windy day, in future we won’t be getting our weather forecast from Andy aka Michael Fish.
A bitterly cold day welcomed the seven brave (or rather foolish) field archers, to the always friendly Thirsk based Stonebow Field Archers. Those that arrived early enough, managed to get suitable fuelled up for the day, with the great selection of food on offer.
We were wondering if Stonebow were going to allow us back on the course, after sheep gate. Which occurred when a member wrote into the field archery magazine and jokingly said they shot at sheep! Upon getting to our first target of the day, we were greeted to a woolly sheep on top of the target boss. Which matched the rather fetching sheep hats some of us were wearing.
The course offered a 25-target-course that was shot twice, for 50 targets, 10 more than the standard. The first time round being from the red peg, and then from the purple peg in a slightly different position on the second-time round. This provided variance, some deviously hard shots and a few broken arrows.
The shot of the day must go to Andy, who after a lunch break of Chicken Stew and cake, managed to get an inner kill off the Wasp peg, for a much needed 48 points. A close second goes to the group effort where, everyone got a 20 point hit on a single target.. With the light starting to fade, shooting got a bit tricky towards the end of the day, although that didn’t dampen spirits.
Although no winners in the medal categories, we still managed to keep our winning streak going in the raffle. Thanks once again to Stonebow Field Archers for a great day.
Next field shoot is 26th February near Robin Hoods Bay. Colin has further details.
Saturday 10th December saw 16 archers turned up to shoot the third round of the Scarborian Hunter round, on a very pleasant December afternoon, albeit a bit damp which meant that the competitors had to allow for slight increase in moisture in the air that would slow down the arrows (that’s Phil P. excuse anyway!). We split up into three groups, starting at three separate points around the course, signalled by a single whistle blast as per normal procedure. 90 minutes later it was all done and dusted and the final scores were in. Results are as follows:
Junior Girls – Eliza (who was shooting with only a 10lb draw bow had been handicapped by the very wet air)
Ladies – was won by Emma.
Junior Boys – (who complicated the matter by both scored exactly the same number of points and couldn’t be separated by the number of kills as that was exactly the same as well. So Adam and Toby shared the spoils.
Senior Boys – George retained the trophy from last time.
Gentlemen – Colin G. (who did not seem to be affected by the extremely wet air!) left everyone else in the shade to take the trophy for the gentlemen.
After a successful first year, the Scarborian Field Archer members decided to bash their heads together to come up with some alterations to the field course. Which will hopefully allow an extra two targets to fit in, make the course flow better, stop the hold ups we have been having on a few targets and create a few more challenging shots.
Alterations are as follows:
– New obstacle on the chamelon target, now archers have to shoot through a circle barrier on the red peg. Nicknamed the “polo mint”.
– Creation of a new target in-between, target number 5 & 6. Shooting a predator and prey.
– Alteration of target 6 (now 7). Shooting a moving target from a raised platform. Pegs are available at ground level, for those that don’t wish to use the platform.
– Removal of target 10 (Butterfly) and creation of a new path, to stop a choke point occurring. Shooting the Owl -> Racoon -> Deer instead.
– Slight alteration of pegs on the Fox.
– Moving of the “Brown Thing” target, so it is shot the other way, shooters will first shoot the Boar, then the Brown Thing target, moving onto the laid deer.
– Creation of a new target after the laid deer, helping to create a zig-zag pattern of shooting.
– Red, White and Blue pegs have been moved further back on the Parrot.
– Red / White pegs moved on the Zombie target.
Many thanks to those that helped with alterations with the course, Andy for his 3D animal creations and everyone who came up with ideas on improvements.
Predator-Prey target starting location
Platform for the moving target
Moving kangaroo target
The ‘polo mint’
Predator-Prey pigeon with a sore head
There is no doubt about it, field archers are a tough breed, fact proven by the turn out for our first club shoot of the 2016-2017 season. Howling wind, bitter cold, intermittent rain and stinging hailstones did not stop seventeen Scarborians trying our newly redesigned course.
We were delighted to see our juniors shooting; they all bravely persevered even when fingers were frozen into claws and they produced some spectacular results. George shooting a total of 260 points to win the Junior Trophy which he will hold until the next round of the competition. Congratulations also to Harvey, Zach, Toby and Adam each of who put up creditable scores and will be sure to challenge George in the next round.
Our lady members Katherine and Caroline had only two scoring points between them at the end of the contest.
The redesigned course seemed to flow quite well; Andy’s mobile kangaroo was a great hit, although not many did hit it. Shooting from the platform in the trees added a new dimension to our course. Less popular was the doughnut… seniors had to adopt strange poses to shoot and juniors had to leap into the air… but at least it was a challenge (back to the drawing board!)*. It was a great turn out. Many tahnks to everyone for supporting our small group. (Although, not so small now, we have over thirty Scarborian field archers; best of all, nine juniors and four lady members).