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Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery

Modern target (Olympic) style shooting does not figure largely in SPTA activities, however the 'two-way' shooting unique to longbow shooting is regularly practiced by the British Long-Bow Society.

The modern FITA competition with the target face of coloured rings is a development from the 'Prince's Reckoning'; thePrince Regent in the 18th century championed the longbow and developed a form of competition based on a target with five coloured zones on a circular target -the central area being gilded -hance the term scoring a 'gold' (It is NOT a bulls-eye...). The rules were set in 1792 and consisted of then 'Prince's Lengths of 60, 80 and 100 yards, know as the Prince's Lengths, shooting at 2ft., 3 ft., and 4ft. targets, 3 arrows at each end.

WAND SHOOTING
Originally the wand was a rod, usually of willow, 4 or 5ft high, planted into the ground. The archer had to split it -usually meaning a hit very close to dead centre.

Other forms inclde a 2inch wide timber slat, or a face with vertical scoring zones as used in SPTA events.

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