Introduction to 3D Archery

Introduction to 3D Archery

3D archery is a subset of field or target archery, and it is focused on shooting life sized, three-dimensional models of game or other animals. These animals are usually made of self-healing foam. The types of animals that are used as targets in this sport are varied, and include deer, bears, skunks, sheep and antelope.  There are even arenas that have aliens or dinosaurs! This sport is highly popular with experienced hunters, and becoming increasingly popular with novice hunters.

How is 3D Archery different?

The main aspect of 3D archery that separates it from other target archery is that there are no marked yardage indicators. This means that when preparing to shoot, the shooter does not know the distance between them and the target. As a potential shooter, your skill in 3D archery is revealed when you are trying to guess the distance between you and the target. In some rare instances, it is possible to find 3D archery being practiced in arenas or areas with marked yardage. With marked yardage, you are given information that tells you your approximate distance from the target as well as what state the target is in.

3D archery is open to everyone, regardless of their skill level and is well-suited for all archers, both target and hunters. Experienced and beginners alike can participate in 3D Archery and have the opportunity to practice and perfect their target and hunting skills. This makes 3D Archery the ideal family day out. The equipment used does not need to be specialized for this type of archery. An upcoming archer can shoot with their existing equipment and children can be supplied with bows and arrows that do not stretch their abilities or pocketbook.

3D archery is mainly found in outdoor settings, particularly in woods and fields. Tournaments in outdoor settings can be played in any kind of weather, be it wind, rain, snow or sunshine. However, there are some indoor settings available, and in these, it is easier to take part and more likely to find marked yardage.

Understanding the 3D Archery Tournament

The tournaments help for 3D archery vary based on who is the hosting club, the level of skill expected from the participants, the number of days the tournament will be held, the targets and scoring areas selected, and whether the tournament will take place in an indoor or outdoor setting.

There are two main 3D archery groups, and they are based in the United States. Both these groups have different rules for tournaments or competitions, and they have also developed their own scoring methods. One group is known as the International Bow hunting Organization (IBO), and the second group is the American Shooters Association (ASA). For hosting clubs, they choose which group they are going to follow when planning any kind of 3D archery get together.

The ultimate aim of this sport is to shoot to get the highest score. In general, for the more commonly used outdoor setting, twenty to thirty targets are laid out on a course. The may be laid out at different angles and conditions. The settings could include an elevated platform, a hillside, a field or a wooded area. To access these settings, archers walk in groups of three to four through the course and have points where they need to hit a target. As a shooter, you would usually have a total of 2 minutes from the point you take your position to complete the shot for each target. To take a shot, you have the options of standing up, kneeling or even lying down if this will improve your chances of making the final shot. Once you manage to hit the target, you are able to move forward to the next point in the course.

Scoring is based on the body parts that the shooter hits. For example, in the IBO format, the scoring for a deer follows the 11-10-8-5-0 format. Here, 11 is a small scoring ring near the heart, 10 is a scoring ring around the heart, 8 is a scoring ring near the lungs, 5 is a scoring ring on the body, and 0 is around the hoof or antlers or if you completely miss the deer. The other format is from the ASA, and the scoring is 14-12-10-8-5-0. For the values of 14-12-10 or 8, the scoring area is clearly outlined with a scoring ring. If the animal is hit outside the scoring ring, they get a score of 5. A shot that completely misses the animal gets a score of 0. In order to earn the score mark, the arrow that was shot must be stuck inside the animal. There are typically two people who keep score during any competitions so as to ensure that no mistakes are made. They compare their scores so that everyone is in agreement with the final score.

The Future of 3D Archery

3D archery is gaining momentum as a sport around the world. There are World Championships that the budding enthusiast can work towards and accomplish. This is an extremely attractive sport because it appeals to and is open to individuals from all skills levels and ages. Don’t waste a moment, take up your bow and enjoy this fantastic sport.

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