Watership Down Open Field CompetitionMatt2020-07-14T11:42:40+01:00
Overon Black Arrows, Watership Down Open Field Competition
Sanitiser and hand washing facilities were available at various locations around the course and in the common areas. Field archery by it’s very nature requires minimal changes.
Basic common sense ruled the day, archers did as much or as little as they personally deemed necessary.
Resuming we headed out on to the open hillside, should have remembered the walking pole, as the steepness of the slop and the rabbit holes ended up taking a toll on both my hips and lower back.
Targets were made challenging not only by the distance changes but by the angles they were placed at. Keep the bow upright, don’t align with edge of the target, too many a time I got dragged into that mistake and ended up with an arrow left or right of centre.
Standing on even ground was becoming a luxury that was in short supply, a lot more practice taking shots with ‘less than ideal’ footing is defiantly something for a number of practice sessions over the coming weeks. Feet together? Feet well spaced? Depends on the situation, but becoming unbalanced when at full draw isn’t a good feeling!
Another thing that is high on the priority for practice is shots involving high degrees of incline/decline. The Watership Down course made that very clear, it’s amazing to be stood on the hill faced with a shot at a 45 degree angle looking down at a target off in the distance, thinking how far is it? How much should I subtract because of the slop of the shot. Every time it was wrong, but was that poor distance judgement or too much/too little adjustment….. practice practice practice.
Another eight targets shot and its time to find a little shade under a tree or two for lunch, before heading out on our final loop over the right side of the hillside.
A combination of slope and angled target butts made for some great shots, that had you thinking about multiple things at once, as we traversed our way around the final eight of the unmarked distances.
A target on the flat! At the top of the course on this side, a great shot along the track, which having a hedge along one side closed in the open shots we had been making before. This also caught me out on my first shot, as I judged it to be somewhat further than it was.
All too soon we were stood in front of the final target of the day where all of our group shot well, with only one arrow outside the yellow centre, probably the best combined target of the day.
Then all that remained was to check the score sheets, this didn’t take long as no one had been silly enough to let me near them. Say our goodbyes and head home to await the results.
So finally a big congratulations to all the winners and perhaps more importantly to Overton Black Arrows. For all the hard work they have put in to insure that this shoot took place, all be it in a curtailed form. But proving beyond doubt that it is entirely possible to run a shoot in conditions very close to normal.
We hope that with this will lead to more shoots being arranged in there full formats and we can all get back to enjoying the sport we all love so much in full in the very near future.