Types of Archery

Target Archery

Shooting at round 2D target faces from designated distances, and can be done indoor in the indoor season (winter) and outdoor in the outdoor season (summer). The scores depend on the type of face you shoot at, and can range from 1-10 to 6-10, or just the odd numbers, or just hit/miss. The faces are determined by the rounds you shoot. Full information can be found in Rounds.

Indoor Target Archery

Distance: 15-20m
Target: 30-80cm circular face
This is what we shoot at the range. You can shoot a wide variety of rounds in this type, from GNAS to FITA rounds. Simply put, you have a circular target to aim at, and the middle score is the highest (so aim at that bit!). SUAC competes in many competitions in Hampshire and also with other universities in target archery. Should you wish to join in with these, the club secretary will email the club about upcoming competitions in due time.

Outdoor Target Archery

Distance: 30-90m
Target: 80-122cm circular face
Same as indoor target archery, just outside. Longer distances and larger targets are shot. You may have to account for things like wind and rain, and make sure you wrap up warm.


Field Archery

Distance: 5-40m
Target: 3D models and pictures of animals
This involves following a trail through a wood or forest, shooting themed targets (like 3D models of bunnies and ducks, or zombies) at unmarked distances. You have to judge the distance and aim accordingly, and higher points are awarded for kill shots and hitting with your first arrow.



Distance: 100-180m
Target: Flag
In clout, you shoot extremely long distances, aiming at a flag stuck in the ground. The scoring area extends in a 15ft radius around the flag, and the closer your arrows, the more points you get!



Distance: 120ft – 180ft
Target: Wooden post
Wand shooting is similar to clout in that the target is very far away. However, the target is just a large plank sticking out of the ground with a small oval on the floor behind it for near misses. 5 points for hitting the wand, 1 point for the ring.


Archery Tag

Image: Tobor Kovacs [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Distance: 10-50m
Target: Other people
This very fun form of archery involves shooting at eachother with 18lb bows, foam-tipped arrows and masks. Imagine paintball/airsoft except with bows and arrows, and big inflatable barriers.



Distance: 2-40m
Target: Game animals
This is illegal in Great Britain!, but popular in America. This is the original purpose compound bows were invented for, and the original purpose archery was invented for! Stalking through a wood, tracking animals and getting into a position to make the perfect shot.