Shooting Styles

Barebow:

Equipment shall conform to the basics of instinctive barebow archery and shall be limited to:
a) Bow, arrow, string and accessories shall be free from sight marks, blemishes, and/or laminations which could be used for aiming.
b) No device of any type that may be used for sighting may be used or attached to the archer’s equipment.
c) One consistent nocking point only is permitted, which may be indicated by 1 or 2 nock locators. If 2 locators are used, the arrow must be nocked between the locators.
d) One consistent anchor point is required. String walking and/or face walking are not permitted.
e) All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletchings and nocks, without regard to colour and allowance for wear.
f) Bow weight shall not be adjusted during a round unless instructed by the Shoot Director or their representative.
g) Brush buttons and/or string silencers no closer than 12″ above or below the nocking point, and bow quiver installed on the opposite side of sight window. Stabilisers not exceeding 12″ are permitted. The measurement of the stabiliser shall be defined as the total length of the stabiliser including all other attachments (e.g. vari-weight systems and compensators), and shall be measured from the back of the bow.
h) An archers arrows must be clearly identified with one, two or three rings on the back half of the arrow. Arrows should be shot in the correct numerical sequence (1, 2, 3)
i) Draw checks, manufactured or home-made, which are not an integral part of bow manufacture, or design, are not permitted.
j) Target identification cards may be carried. These should be without sight marks or indicators.

Sighted Division:

Equipment shall conform to that provided as follows and shall be applicable for all Adult and Junior Sighted Division archers.
Cub Sighted Division archers may only shoot Freestyle Limited – Recurve & Compound (F.S.) or Freestyle Unlimited. (FU)

Freestyle Limited – Recurve & Compound (F.S.)

a) Any type of sight is permitted.
b) Release aids are not permitted.

Freestyle Unlimited (FU)

a) Any type of bow, sight or release aid is permitted.

Bowhunter Unlimited (B.U.)

a) Any type of bow and release aid is permitted. A sight with a maximum of 5 and a minimum of 3 pins that must not be moved during a round will be allowed.
b) Pin sights are to be of straight stock from point of anchor to sighting points with only one sighting reference possible from each pin or reference point. Hooded pins or scope sights are not permitted.
c) Release aids are permitted.
d) A kisser button or string peep sight will be permitted but not both. No form of magnifying device may be incorporated in, or attached to, the peep sight.
e) Pin Guards/brush guards may be used provided that the distance between the bottom of the top guard and the top pin must be greater than the distance between the top pin and the next highest pin. The same clearance as for the top sight pin applies also to the bottom pin and the bottom guard.
f) A levelling device is not permitted.
g) One permanent nocking point only, is allowed on the string. Nocking point may be marked by one or two nock locators. A D-Loop is permitted.
h) All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletchings and nocks, without regard for colour, with allowance for wear and tear.
i) A bow quiver installed on the opposite side of the sight window with no part of the quiver visible in the bow window is permitted. One straight stabiliser, coupling device included, if used, not exceeding twelve inch as measured from the back of the bow may be used. No forked stabiliser or any counter balance will be legal. The plunger (where the stabiliser is screwed in) is part

Bowhunter Limited – (B.L.)

a) Same rules apply as for Bowhunter Unlimited except that the release aids are not permitted.

Traditional Longbow Division (short name “TLB”)

The definition of a TLB shall be:
a) A one piece straight ended bow of any material, whether glued up of one or more laminations of materials, which when strung displays one continued unidirectional curve from the riser ends to the tips, which is measured as follows: When the strung bow is placed in a vertical position the angle as measured between the tangent of any point on the limb and an imaginary horizontal line must always decrease as this point is moved further away from the bow grip or riser ends. If there are any doubts about the curve being continuous and unidirectional then a string line stretched on the back of the bow from the riser ends to the commencement of the limb tip overlays will not show any gaps under it. If there are any gaps then the bow will fall into the MLB or Recurve Division.
b) The tip reinforcing may not exceed 25 mm in height, measured from the surface of the back of the bow limb, and may not exceed 50 mm in length , measured from the centre of the string groove towards the bow centre.
c) The bow may contain a window and an arrow shelf. The side of the window shall be curved over the full length of the window and rounded off at the point where the window intersects with the top of the riser or top bow limb. The window must not be cut past centre shot. The window and arrow shelf may be padded with leather or other material.
d) The arrows, belly, bow grip, bow window, string and arrow shelf shall be free of any marks or blemishes that may be used as sighting aids.
e) Any additions to the bow for the purpose of stabilization, levelling, sighting or draw checking are not permitted, and the inclusion of any of these items may cause the bow to be assessed as falling within the MLB or Recurve Division.
f) Only one knocking point shall be allowed on the string, which may be by one or two nock locators; if two nock locators are used the arrow must be nocked between them.
g) Arrows shall be wooden shafted. Fletched with feathers, and must be of the same length fletch and pile, with due allowance for wear and tear. The arrow must be free of any marks or blemishes that can be used as sighting aids. If the bow weighs over 50 pounds of draw weight (at the archers draw length ) then the arrows shall carry at least 12 inches of fletching and have a point of at least 125 grains weight.
h) The bow must be shot with the “ Mediterranean „‟ loose. In the case of physical deformity or handicap special dispensation shall be allowed.
i) One consistent anchor point shall be used and face walking is not permitted.

Modern Longbow Division (short name MLB)

The definition of a MLB under this sub–section shall be:
a) A generally straight ended bow assembled from one or more sections of any material, whether glued up of one or more laminations of materials, which when strung displays a curvature from the riser ends to the limb tips. When strung the bow may display a slight reflex/deflex in the curvature of the limbs. PROVIDED the string ONLY touches at the string groove nocks. Any following of the string along the belly side of the bow limbs will classify the bow into the Recurve Division.
b) The tip reinforcing may not exceed 25mm in height, measured from the surface of the back of the bow limb, and may not exceed 50mm in length, measured from the centre of the string groove towards the bow centre.
c) The bow may contain a window and an arrow shelf. The window and Arrow shelf may be padded with leather or other material. An arrow rest may be fastened to the window and/ or arrow shelf. A finger or wrist sling may be used when shooting.
d) The arrows, belly, bow grip, bow window, string and arrow shelf or rest shall be free of any marks or blemishes that may be used as sighting marks.
e) Any additions to the bow for the purpose of stabilization, levelling, sighting or draw checking are not permitted, and the inclusion of any of these items may cause the bow to fall within the Recurve Division
f) Only one knocking point shall be allowed on the string which may be marked by one or two nock locators, if two knock locators are used the arrow must be knocked between them.
g) Arrows may be of any material and fletched with any material , and must be of the same length , fletch and pile, with due allowance for wear and tear . The arrow must be free of any marks and blemishes that can be used as sighting aids. If the bow weighs over 50 pounds of draw weight ( at the archers draw length) then the arrows shall have a pile of at least 125 grains weight.
h) The bow must be shot using a finger release, and the index finger must touch the nock. In cases of physical deformity special dispensation shall be allowed.
i) One consistent anchor point shall be used, and face walking is not permitted.

Historical Equipment Division

The definition under this sub–section shall be:
a) In this division there shall be no distinction between the different configurations of bow design and material used. There shall be no grades or classes.
b) A Historical Bow is a bow recognised as such by the Association and is of known accepted usage during the period preceding the year 1900 and shall be either a self wood or a composite bow, which is made to a configuration which has established historical precedence. The inclusion of a form of arrow rest/shelf and a sight window cut-in are permitted provided such meet the historical configuration for that bow design. A bow constructed of historical materials, but having no historical precedence shall not be permitted.
c) The maximum draw weight of the bow shall not exceed its historical usage. Materials used to construct the bow must be materials historically used during the period of the bow‟s historical usage. However, modern glues/adhesives shall be used. Historical glues/adhesives are not permitted.
d) Historical string materials such as flax, hemp, sinew and other such materials are not permitted. Modern bow string material is not permitted, however B-50 material shall be the standard material.
e) Arrow shafts shall be made of wood and fletched with natural feather, attached by historical means. Modern arrow points/piles are permitted as are nocks. Arrow nocks cut into the shaft are not permitted.
f) Accessories such as thumb rings, woven nock positioners etc are permitted provided that such accessory was used in the historical sense. The onus of fact of historical usage shall rest with the shooter.
g) The onus shall rest with the shooter to ensure that equipment used is historically correct, and is that recognised by the Association. Documented evidence of authenticity shall be provided by the shooter on request.