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This is a form of practice developed in the United States for out-of-season hunting practice.

PLEASE NOTE: it is illegal to hunt with the bow and arrow in the UK

Targets are laid out over a course, using the natural terrain and vegetation, and the archers shoot from pegs; various types of scoring 'round' are used. Distances are usually unmarked.

Archers get the chance to see beautiful places, and the impact of archery on the countryside is minimal, in fact many archers help the landowners with maintenance and security.

Helpers are always needed -if you join a Club or Society -it helps if you can offer assistance in running the shoots or helping lay courses (Often quite hard physical, but enjoyable work!)

Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery

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You may need to travel to enjoy field archery -not all areas of the UK have enough clubs to make it possible to shoot 'on your doostep'!

There are training courses run by some organisations to ensure you can shoot safely, and most Clubs run these. Be warned however that not all trainers in the UK are well-versed in traditional shooting styles, however you should be given sound guidance on safe practice and basic etiquette, and passing the course will allow you to participate in competition.

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