- Written by Kurt Hoberg
- Category: Field Range
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What is Field Archery?
A field archery round is a challenging course, generally placed in a woods (or at CVA hilly and dusty), in varying terrain, at different distances from target to target. Shooting a field archery course can help target archers and 3D archers improve their shooting proficiency.
CVA’s field range has marked yardages via painted concrete stakes. An archer’s age division will determine what stake that archer shoots from. Be sure to read the instruction sheets posted at each target for shooting specifics for that target.
Black Stake: Cub (11years and younger), Blue Stake: Youth (12-14 years), Red and White Stakes: Adult (15 years and up)
The basic NFAA field round is made up of 28 targets. The round is made up of two 14-target units. There can be 28 targets one after the other or a range can have a 14 target course which is shot twice to make the round. At CVA we have 28 individual field targets over a 3 mile course.
Each 14 target unit has the same shots, but not necessarily in the same order on a 28 target field course. Archers shoot four (4) arrows at each target, for a total of 112 arrows per field round.
Some of the shooting positions have archers shoot all four arrows from one marked stake; some shooting positions have stakes at four different positions where archers walk toward the target on each shot (walk-up), or stakes are placed in a fan position, where each archer will shoot one arrow each from four stakes at the same distance from the target.
Distances vary according to the shooting round. The standard NFAA field round has distances from 20 feet (~6.5 yards) to 240 feet (80 yards). CVA’s course complies with these distance requirements.
There are four different size target faces, the further the target, the bigger the target face. Targets are round, with either black or white faces. There are a possible 20 points per target and a perfect round is 560. Scoring on NFAA courses are identical throughout the US. No matter where you live you can compare your score and level of proficiency to an archer shooting in your division and style anywhere else in the country.
At CVA the color of the target faces changes monthly for our monthly club shoots. If the target face is white, archers will shoot from the white stakes. If the target face is black, archers shoot from the red stakes.
Cub and Youth archers will shoot from the stakes as described in the shooting instructions posted at each target. Distances shot during the field round vary based on age division. If an archer is under 15 years old, the longest distance shot is 50 yards; if aged under 12 years, the longest distance shot is 30 yards.
Other Types of Field Rounds
A hunter round is shot in a similar fashion as a field round except that archers shoot at an all-black target face with a white dot marking the center of the target. Due to this, the black target face is sometimes called a 'hunter target face.'
The distances on this round vary between 33 feet and 210 feet. Again, two 14-target units make a round. There are four sizes of target faces to shoot at and different distances on the roving course. Scoring is identical to the field round.
The animal round is much like the 3-D round; however the targets are 2-D animal printed paper targets with marked shot distances.
Scoring is different for an animal round. Archers mark three of their arrows as 1, 2, and 3. The first shot is done using arrow number 1. If the archer’s first arrow hits the scoring area another arrow is not shot. If the first shot does not score, the archer will move up to the next shooting stake and shoot number arrow number 2. If the archer’s second arrow hits the scoring area another arrow is not shot. If the archer missed arrows number 1 and 2, the archer will move up and shoot arrow number 3.
The scoring area is divided into two parts, the vital area and non-vital, with a bonus X-ring in the center of the vital area. Scoring is based on where you hit with which arrow. The first arrow shot is scored 21, 20 or 18. The second arrow is scored 17, 16 or 14, and the third arrow is scored 13, 12 or 10. The best score per target is 21 and the total possible score for the round, a 588.
- Written by Bonnie Marshall
- Category: Field Range
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Welcome to the NFAA, Five Star Certified Field \ Roving Range Facility at Conejo Valley Archers Inc.
As you pull into Tapo Canyon Park (about 100 yards) you will notice double gates off to your left. This is our free parking area for members and tournament participants.
As you park and walk into our facility you will see a Stage off to your right, which we use to host the five major tournaments we put on annually. This is where registration takes place as well as after tournament awards and ceremonies (Check out our Tournaments and their dates held at our range in the Calendar and Upcoming Events sections of our website).
We also have a service kitchen to feed hungry tournament shooters. Shaded picnic areas are located nearby for archers to eat and socialize and this is also where we hold our monthly General Membership Meetings.
Just before venturing out on the actual our NFAA 5 star rated roving course, there is a warm-up area to you right where you have a choice of shooting at various types of paper targets. For your convenience, we also provide a handful of 3D targets that are up year round. This site is also used for our "running pig clout or flying mosquito" during tournaments, with the warm-up targets behind it as a backdrop. After a warm-up it’s time to go out on our roving range and have a great time.
The Field Range area covers approximately 12 acres of hill and flat areas. The round of 28 targets is a 3 mile loop with target distances ranging from 20 ft. to 80 yards with constantly changing shot elevations. During many of CV's tournaments specialty targets are included in the round to challenge and entertain everyone from the beginner to the most experienced archers.
Average groups of 3-5 people circulate the range similar to foursomes on a golf course. Each archer shoots four arrows per target butt. There is a maximum of twenty points for each target and a possible total of 560 points for the entire round of 28 targets. It takes 2 to 21/2 hours to complete our roving course, so you might want to do some warm up exercises before venturing out!
All bow types are permitted. You may see longbow, recurve, compound and selfbow shooters on our range. You must be a member of CVA to shoot the CVA Field Range with the exception of CVA Tournaments and when shooting with a CVA Member as a guest.
Any CVA Club Member can compete throughout the club year in our monthly club shoots where archers shoot in various categories to be awarded beautiful awards including trophies, Buck knives, engraved belt buckles and more.
A Tour of the range with pictures, descriptions, and a scoring 'how to' overview is in progress.