The English Field Archery Association is affiliated to The International Field Archery Association (I.F.A.A.), the governing body dedicated to the sport of Field Archery.

Latest News From The EFAA


Details of UKIFAC 2017


21ST – 23RD July 2017 Hosted by NIFAA in association with Foyle Valley Archery Club
At Brook Hall Estate, 67 Culmore Rd, Londonderry. Northern Ireland BT48 8JE

The NIFAA and Foyle Valley A.C. cordially invites members of the UKIFAC community to the first UKIFAC to be held in Northern Ireland. The tournament will take place at the Brook Hall Estate on the outskirts of the beautiful City of Londonderry on the banks of the Foyle River.

Click here for more information

National Championship Results 2016

EFAA National Championships were held over two days on September the 10th and 11th and were hosted by Panther Bowhunters.

Click here to download the results.

Change of date for the AGM

Owing to unforeseen circumstances the EFAA AGM has been moved to 26 November 2016

to be held at The Crossroads Hotel, High Street, Weedon NN7 4PX at 10.30am.

All dates for proposals and nominations for committee members remain unchanged.

EFAA Memberships


Alec James will not be processing memberships from September 12th until October 12th as he will be away in Australia during this period.

EFAA National Championships Hosted by Panther Bowhunters 10th and 11 September

EFAA National Championships

Go to the Events Calendar for details of this event, you can also view the entries received to date

Kings Forest Bowmen, Sunday 2nd October

kings-forest-bowmenKings Forest Bowmen will be holding a classification shoot Sunday 2nd October Hunter Round, Extra round.

Visit for details.

Registration for the WBHC 2017 (Italy) will be open as from the 22nd of July 2016

Only 200 places left for those wishing to take part.

Dear Delegates,

The following information for your urgent attention:

  • Registration for the WBHC 2017 (Italy) will be open as from the 22nd of July 2016.
  • There will be no limit to the registration of each member association.
  • Registration is open to all IFAA member association archers on a “first come” basis.
  • Registration will only be accepted and recorded on the registration list on the WBHC 2017 Web page after payment of the registration fee is received by the organisers.
  • NO registration will be accepted without payment!

Please inform your association’ archers accordingly via your web page or applicable social media networks. You are advised not to wait with registration too long to avoid missing this event.

Yours in Archery.

Marietejie Fryer

Reflecting at the European Bowhunter Championship 2016 by Gunther Kramer

Hi everybody

I am sitting here at 2096 meter reflecting at the European Bowhunter Championship 2016 in Saalbach Austria

First I must tell you it is the most amazing Alpine Landscape and Center of many sport activity.

Some facts 
* The EBHC 2016 was the largest IFAA event ever with over 1700 Archers on the line
* The practice line was 200meter long with 180 targets to choose from
* 10 ranges were set up at Altitudes 1200 meter up to 2100 meter being the highest
* the Organization was 5 star and worked like Swiss watches.
* The transfer by busses and Ski lifts - Marshals and signage was outstanding
* The opening ceremony and March of nations unfortunately was challenged by nature as driving rain spoiled the display of all the beautiful colored shirts and flags. We instead saw dark jackets and umbrellas walking through flooded roads .  I felt sorry for the beautiful Austrian Musicians and Bands in there traditional dresses being drenched in the rain.

My Archery experience and what I take home

imageWhile I am writing this report I am enjoying my Weissbier and looking at the snow capped Mountains around me sitting at 2096 meters.
I enjoyed the competition and the challenge of the steep slopes to climb from target to target .

I had the privilege to shoot at all times with great archers and great people - making some new friends and meeting old ones.

A highlight of my archery carrier to shoot on day one the highest score of all the 1700 plus archers participating. 558 unranged .  My score was not beaten only matched during the entire event.  Not bad for a 67 Year old .

Day one first, day 2 third, day 3 second 
Day 4 - at target one  a. Strong gust of the approaching Thunderstorm blew my Bow off its stand and landing very hard . Unfortunately my whole sight got damaged. Refusing to through in the towel I continued the course but lost too many points finishing 5th .

Maybe this time the experience was worth its weight in Gold and not the Medal

Love to all of You Archers around the world. (Gunther Kramer)

News!!!!!! Tournament Fees

Following the E.F.A.A. Committee meeting on Saturday 16 April it has been decided that the fee paid for hosting the two 3D championships will be increased to bring them in line with the other tournaments.

Venue needed for the Dot Southgate Tournament

We are still looking for a venue for the Dot Southgate tournament at the beginning of October, if you can help please ring or email Rosie Potter for details. 07787155085 or 01284 767531

(The people who set these courses can still shoot as it is a marked distance shoot).

Bowhunter Championships CANCELLED

This championship will not take place this year due to lack of venue.

Tournament information for 2016

The tournament dates for 2016 are as follows -

  • White Mark bowmen will host the Spring Shoot on the 30th April & 1st May
  • Kings Forest Bowmen will host the UKIFAC champs on the 2nd & 3rd July
  • Panther Bowhunters will host the National Champs on the 10th & 11th September
  • Dots Shoot T.B.A. for October

About the EFAA

Originally the EFAA began as a comparatively small group of clubs, primarily in East Anglia, and affiliated to the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) in America. The basic connection being a number of U.S. Servicemen stationed over here who had also founded the Archery Association of Europe (AAE). The type of Field Archery practiced at that time (mid '60's), was all unmarked distances, usually Animal rounds with bushes and similar obstructions between archer and target. Consequently, the sport favoured both skill and the lucky shot and, had a healthy appetite for wooden arrows.

The Americans had other ideas. Their brand of Field Archery was to practice for what they considered to be the 'real thing.' Therefore, to achieve consistency, they used the best, most accurate equipment and shot at known distances with completely clear shots. This gave a good formula for improving the most inconsistent part: the archer, but could also be hard on the ego without the luck factor. However, those original English clubs were soon renowned for the shooting standard of their members, who always were well in evidence in comparison with the rival association, the British Field Archery Association (BFAA).

By 1970, it was apparent that the two national bodies (EFAA & BFAA) could not practically coexist, principally because of the growing interest in Field archery. The NFAA concept had brought about the formation of the International Field Archery Association (IFAA), whose constitution recognised only a single governing body for the sport in each country. As the EFAA was already a founder member, together with the Scottish and Welsh Associations, it was decided that the BFAA should amalgamate with the EFAA hence the two bows on the badge of the 'new' EFAA, to represent the amalgamation.

At this time, the main shooting divisions, on styles, were Freestyle and Barebow, the former using the same equipment as Target archers, with the addition of a peep or string sight if desired. The barebow archers used an accurate combination of string finger positions and anchorage positions (string and face walking) to cater for the different distances of the standard rounds, the best systems always using the point of the arrow for direct aiming.

The other division, Bowhunter, was not as popular, probably because it entailed 'gap' shooting (indirect aiming) and consequently may not have appealed as readily to the positive approach of eliminating the variables.

Over recent years, the Bowhunter Divisions have become more popular, due to 'new' shooting styles allowing the use of fixed five pin sights and trigger releases. These devices, together with the compound bow, have made Bowhunter second in popularity to Freestyle, this now comprising Unlimited and Limited sections; the Unlimited being allowed the use of trigger releases.

Also, the Unlimited Freestyle archer, from the earliest days of the style, was allowed the use of a 'scope sight and, from a recent Rule change, all Freestyle archers may now use a magnifying sight if they wish.

International interest has continued to grow, and the IFAA now has a truly worldwide membership of countries, and European and World Championships are held.

GLYN WILDMAN (EFAA President 1996)

What is Field Archery?

One of the great attractions in archery is the diversity of shooting styles, the seemingly endless variations of equipment and of course the great variety in courses and targets that can be shot. In all of these variations there is one single intent and that is to hit the specific point on the target that you are aiming at. Like any sport unless the objective of the sport can be achieved with some regularity its not much fun. As with any other sporting pursuit practice is the way to improvement.

img_3414 copyWhilst hitting what you are aiming at is the main ingredient of target archery and any number of its variants. There are those who seek to achieve such things as the furthest distance or in the case of Zen where archery becomes a state of mind and body.

Whilst one of the common objective of archery is to hit what you are aiming at, there are far easier ways of hitting something at which you aim , the use of a rifle for example. This leads one to conclude that archers are enjoying doing it the hard way, using their own strength and co-ordination to achieve a successful hit. Interestingly enough the sport recognises this and allows a wide variety of equipment which can be used to help hit the target. Sights, stabilisers and bows that provide a mechanical advantage are all catered for within the laws of the sport, providing various divisions to ensure fair competition.

So what’s different about Field Archery? Well despite what the name says it certainly is not normally shot in a field this is much likely to be done by Target Archers who typically will shoot in a flat field. The ideal Field Archery course will be set in woods with steep slopes and as variations in ground as can be achieved safely.

A typical shot on a "Field" round set at 50yds.

Whilst there are various rounds that are shot by Target Archers they will typically shoot greater numbers of arrows from fewer fixed distances. The process of shooting is tightly controlled by a Field Captain who will ensure that the arrows are shot within a specified amount of time and that all the archers collect their arrows and record their scores together. Archers are allowed to sit and rest between shooting, some will have special tents in which they can shelter from the weather. Target archery demands very high levels of concentration, with the archers needing to be fit physically and mentally to achieve success.

img_3315 copyWhilst there are various rounds that are shot by Target Archers they will typically shoot greater numbers of arrows from fewer fixed distances. The process of shooting is tightly controlled by a Field Captain who will ensure that the arrows are shot within a specified amount of time and that all the archers collect their arrows and record their scores together. Archers are allowed to sit and rest between shooting, some will have special tents in which they can shelter from the weather. Target archery demands very high levels of concentration, with the archers needing to be fit physically and mentally to achieve success.

Field archery, meanwhile, means a day of shooting in the woods and necessitates walking from one target to the next. The distances walked will be determined by the available space and the course setters ability to set out 14 or 28 targets in safety. The sort of round and distances shot can vary widely. A Hunter and Field round comprise 28 targets each, with four arrows being shot at each target. These rounds are shot from marked distances varying from 20ft up to a maximum distance of 80 yards. Most of the targets require the archer to move forward to the next distance between each arrow. Other rounds will include shooting at monochrome or coloured pictures of animals, these can be either from marked or unmarked distances. In some rounds all the arrows that hit the target will score, whilst in others the first arrow that hits from a total of three arrows will score depending which arrow or which zone on the picture is hit. In some cases the shots will be made more difficult by clever use of the intervening ground or the positioning of the peg from which you have to shoot forcing the archer to not only estimate the distance but allow for the slope of the ground or perhaps the incline of a tree which can influence the bow alignment especially for those that choose to shoot without sights. Other factors which can influence the shot will include the lighting conditions, in woods this may mean from shooting from the dark to the light or the other way round both contributing to the difficulty of the shot. This wide variety of terrain, shooting conditions and rounds are the true attraction of field archery, it is without doubt more physical than target archery, but it still demands high levels of concentration but with a wider spectrum of skills.

Club Directory

The Club Directory gives information about the 33 clubs located throughout the UK which provide facilities for practice, coaching and of course woods for shooting. Some of the more established clubs also provides some elementary refreshments on shoot days. Of the 33 clubs 15 have chartered courses, permanently laid out in a wide variety of woodland.

For those with a mind for detail the Rules and Rounds cover our shooting rules and a few of the types of rounds we shoot.