Inaugural Open Shoot

Barely 12 months after finding our woodland Briar Rose Field Archers hosted their inaugural NFAS shoot. The archery gods must have looked favourably on us as we enjoyed a bright warm day.

On the day we were joined by over 70 archers from across the country, with only 1 no show. Our thanks goes to all who attended and made this a very special day for the club and our members. We know some of you travelled a long way.

Archer mustering before the start

Archer mustering before the start

As well as the archery we had an information stall from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust stall

along with a trade stall for KT Leathercraft and bows by Lee Ankers.

KT Leathercraft

KT Leathercraft

Thank you to Lee for the first place medals too.

Bespoke medals

Bespoke medals produced by Lee Ankers

Our caterers Sam and Dave provided the hot food and drinks and of course there were cakes made by our members which seemed to go down very well.

The course was a twice round 20, with a mix of paper faces, 2d and 3d targets ranging from 4 yards to 73 yards.

Archer on long shot

2D tiger in the open

 

3d bobcat in the under growth

3d bobcat in the under growth

The course was to prove more technical than some expected as our ground is not flat and we tried to use the terrain as best we could. We know some of you were asking on the day and for those interested the 2d tiger in the field was 73 yards from the wasp peg and 51 from red.

Longest target on the course from Wasp peg

Longest target on the course from Wasp peg

We tried a few new ideas on the day too.

One was the use of WASP pegs on all targets for sighted compound and crossbow archers. We had a sharps bin for disposal of broken carbon arrows.
Also, there was a chronograph station which archers went through before being allowed to shoot target 1, with arrow checks taking place too.

We didn’t get it all quite right with some of the peg positions not being ideal for all bow styles or ages so thanks to those who took time to provide feedback on the day, whether face to face, via our comments book on the cake stall or messages afterwards. Its proved to be highly beneficial and gives us the opportunity to improve for the next time.

We are delighted to say we raised over £70 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital via a £1 donation on entrance. This is an organisation very close to one family in the club as their son Vinnie wouldn’t be here today without the expertise and care from BCH heart team.

Vinnie

So a very special thanks from Vinnie and a big thank you from all at Briar Rose for making this such a great day. See you all again soon.

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