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)

Field Round

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

Hunter Round

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.

Animal 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.