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Target Archery


Master Godric of Hamtun
Captain General of Archers for the East Kingdom

The Archery Range is located southwest of the Main Battlefield, beyond Oversized Parking. It is not visible from the main campground areas, however, a flag will be flown at the top of Mount Aislin to indicate when the range is open. There will be regular bus service to the range.

ANNOUNCEMENT - July 17 - After speaking with my counterpart from the Middle, Mistress Roewynne, we have agreed that PVC Bows will NOT be allowed on the range for this Pennsic. We are currently in the process of researching these bows to determine how to inspect them, what to look for, what are their limitations, and what happens to them when they fail. I do apologize if this ruling upsets some, but I have witnessed a catastrophic failure of a PVC bow and it gave me cause for concern.

Master Godric of Hamtun


All archers wishing to shoot during Pennsic 43 must bring their equipment to the archery range and have it inspected before they will be allowed to shoot. This means if there are five people using the same equipment, each archer must be inspected with that equipment. Archers and their equipment need only be inspected once during War.


The Populace War Point shoot (see description) will take place daily from Sunday, August 5 through Friday, August 8, with a break for the Archery Champions shoot on Wednesday, August 6. If enough time is left in the day, the range will reopen for practice on Wednesday if there is a marshal willing to run a line.

Novelty Shoots

The Novelty Range is open to all ages (including children). Family Range novelties will be run during War Week. Schedules for these shoots will be posted in the Marshals Tent. Anyone wishing to sponsor a novelty shoot should see the Marshal in Charge.

St. Sebastian Shoot, Saturday, Aug 2nd, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Kingdom of Atlantia has once again graciously decided to create a shoot for the entire Known World to enjoy. There will be novelty shoots for archers with many different skill levels, and prizes for many different categories. Come out and spend a day of fun shooting on the Archery Range to test your skills. All ages are welcomed.


Several classes will be offered at the Archery Field; please check the schedule.

Youth Archery

There will be a family range set up for minors and their families to shoot at closer targets. This range is for our younger archers to practice on. They will shoot the Populace War Points along with the Adults.

A full and updated schedule will posted at the Archery Marshals tent, along with the list of novelty shoots, family novelty shoots and classes.


Monday, July 28 10:00 am Range Set-up starts (continuing if necessary on Tuesday.)
Anyone who comes out to help set up will be able to shoot (with a marshal present) during times when the range is not officially staffed tokens will be given to those who help with set up.
Thursday, July 31 5:00 – 6:30 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
Saturday, August 2 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saint Sebastian Novelty Shoot, sponsored by the Kingdom of Atlantia
5:00 – 7:00 pm Archery Champions Tryouts & Practice (all teams)
Sunday, August 3 9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
4:00 pm Archery Marshals Meeting (for those who missed Thursday's mtg)
5:00 – 7:00 pm Archery Champions Tryouts & Practice (all teams)
Monday, August 4 9:00 – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
5:00 – 7:00 pm Archery Champions Team Practice (all teams)
Tuesday, August 5 9:00 – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
5:00 pm 7:00 pm Champion's Team set-up. All Archery Marshals and those on the Champions teams are welcomed to come help set up the range for Wednesday's shoot.
Wednesday, August 6 8:00 am Archery Champions muster / range set up
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Archery Champions War Point Shoot
3:00 pm Reset range for War Point shoots
Thursday, August 7 9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
2:00 pm Youth Archery Champions' Shoot
A fun shoot to challenge our young archers, with lots of neat prizes. Open to youths from all kingdoms; three divisions by age group.
Friday, August 8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Populace War Point
3:00 – 5:00 pm Range closed; all marshals are requested to be at the range at 3pm for teardown.

Archery War Points

The Pennsic Archery Champions Competition will be worth 1 War Point

Mass Populace Archery Shoot

Archers will have the opportunity to shoot each of these three war points once per day, or if archers would prefer they may shoot each shoot up to a maximum of 5 times (once for each war point day). So if an archer wanted to they could shoot all of their war points in one day by shooting the Castle Clout 5 times, Castle Window 5 times, and Soldier Shoot 5 times.

Each shoot will be worth 3 War Points, for a total of 9 War Points, to be awarded on Friday after the range closes.

1. Castle Clout Shoot

The target is a simulated castle turret. Archers will be shooting at 100 yards into a square of approximately 26.5 feet by 26.5 feet giving an approximate area of 702.25 square feet. There will be a moat and a moat monster protecting the castle in front at 50 yards.

This is an untimed shoot and the archers are allowed 6 arrows or bolts.


2. Castle Window Shoot

This will be a 30-second timed shoot at a castle window located between 25 and 30 yards. The archers will have 30 seconds to safely shoot as many arrows/bolts as they can.


3. Soldier Shoot

The archers will shoot 6 arrows/bolts, untimed, at the Soldiers that are invading. These targets will be set up at approximately 15 yards, 35 yards, 45 yards and 55 yards.

Any arrow/bolt hitting the elephants and riders will score as follows:

Archery Equipment Standards

  1. Bows
    1. No compound bows are allowed.
    2. Adjustable or fixed sights may not be attached to straight bows or recurves.
      1. Marks on limbs are allowed.
    3. There are no draw weight limits for target archery bows.
    4. No modern spring/flipper rests or plunger buttons are allowed.
      1. Wire rests are not allowed.
      2. Simple one-piece plastic attachable rests are allowed.
      3. Plastic or nylon bristle rests are allowed.
    5. Bow straps are allowed.
    6. No stabilizers, clickers, or modern string release devices are allowed.
    7. Bows with cut out risers (i.e.: those you can see through from the side) must have the openings covered so as to present a solid surface and an appearance more in keeping with medieval archery.
  2. Crossbows
    1. No center-shot or split-prod styles are allowed.
    2. No compound prods or break-cocking styles are allowed.
    3. Ballistas of any kind are not allowed.
    4. Rear peep sights may be attached, but front sights are not allowed.
    5. Limb coverings are not required.
    6. Slings may be attached to the bow, but may not be used as an aid in shooting.
    7. Stocks made out of any material other than wood must have filled or covered any openings that you can see through in profile (so as to appear more period).
  3. Strings
    1. All strings must be appropriate for the bow type and weight.
    2. Strings may not be constructed of material prone to failure, such as natural sinew or gut.
      1. Linen, silk and artificial sinew strings are acceptable, as long as they are constructed properly.
      2. Strings that have become knotted or those that have been repaired by knotting strands together shall not be used. This rule does not forbid those string designs that incorporate knots in their original design.
    3. A nocking point may be attached to the string.
      1. Both metal and tied-on nocking points are acceptable.
      2. A single nocking point is allowed. The nocking point may consist of one or two locators, which may be of any type.
      3. The locators may not extend above or below the arrow nock in such a way as to allow them to be used as sighting mechanisms.
    4. String silencers may be used.
    5. It is strongly recommended that the ends of the string be served, and that a serving cover the nocking area of the string.
      1. It should be noted that Japanese and Flemish style strings, which are rarely served at the ends, are acceptable.
    6. Peep sights mounted on the string are not allowed.
  4. Arrows & Bolts
    1. All shafts shall be of natural wood.
    2. No broadheads or tips that cause excessive damage to targets shall be used.
    3. Fletching
      1. Arrows shall be fletched with natural feathers.
      2. Bolts may be fletched with any period material.
    4. Nocks
      1. Nocks for arrows may be of any material.
    5. End caps, rings, or wrapping are not required for crossbow bolts.
  5. Miscellaneous Equipment
    1. Any type of quiver may be used, with the exception of those that attach to the bow.
    2. It is strongly recommended that an armguard or bracer be worn.
    3. A glove or finger tab may be used.
    4. All equipment should adhere to the spirit of medieval archery.


Exceptions to these rules may be granted by either the Captain General of the East Kingdom or the Archer General of the Midrealm.

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