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Target Archery


Baron Forester Henry of Exeter
Kingdom Archery Marshal, Middle 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 Eislinn to indicate when the range is open. There is regular bus service to the range.

We try very hard to be handicapped-friendly, but the range is extremely hilly. Also, please wear protective gear on your feet, due to the vast amount of Poison Ivy present on the ranges.

Parking at the Range - Automobiles are prohibited on the range, unless you have a battlefield pass. All unauthorized vehicles must stop at the bus stop, even if just dropping off. There is parking up the hill in oversized parking.


All archers wishing to shoot during Pennsic 46 must bring their equipment to the archery range and have it inspected before they are allowed to shoot. If multiple people are using the same equipment, each of them must be inspected with that equipment. Archers and their equipment need only be inspected once during War.

Activities / Hours

Peace Week

Because so many people want to be able to shoot during "Peace Week", we will have a portion of the Archery Range officially open on Aug 2, 3, & 4 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day for practice and Royal Rounds. These peace week hours will allow more archery fun for all.

To all archery marshals, we will need marshals to help staff the additional six 2-hour shifts. We would need a minimum of 4 marshal each shift. If you can, please consider volunteering some of your time to make this new change happen.

War Week

In general, the Archery Range and Family Range will be open from 9 am - 5 pm for practice, novelty shoots, and archery classes. On Thursday, August 10, the range will be closed for the Archery Champions' War Point shoot.

At Pennsic, check at the Archery Marshals' Tent for the most current activity schedules.

Practice for the Populace War Point Shoot

War Point practice ranges will be open Sunday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 9, from 9 - 11 am.

Populace War Point Shoot

The Populace Archery War Point shoots take place from Sunday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 9, and Friday, August 11 (closed Thursday for the Archery Champions' Shoot).

See times and details of the Populace War Point Shoots below.

Family Range / Youth Archery

The Family Range is for our younger archers (age 14 and under) to practice on and take part in novelty shoots. They may shoot the Populace War Points alongside the adults.

There will be novelty shoots scheduled on the Family Range from Sunday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 9th. A complete schedule of Family Range activities will be posted at the Archery Marshals' Tent.

Classes, Tournaments, Novelty Shoots

See the schedule below for additional archery activities. At Pennsic, check at the Archery Marshals' Tent for the most current schedules and the list of novelty shoots and classes.

Archery War Points

The Archery War Points will be awarded at Closing Ceremonies at 3 pm on Friday, August 11th.

Archery Champions' Shoot - Thursday, August 10th

The Champions' Shoot is worth 3 War Points.

The two sides will each have 30 archers. They will take part in 3 scenarios, worth 1 War Point apiece: a 10-station Walk-through, a Friend-Foe shoot, and a Long Distance walk-up shoot.

Populace Archery War Points

The Populace War Point Shoots take place on:

Sunday, August 6 11 am - 5 pm
Monday, August 7 11 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, August 8 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday, August 9     11 am - 5 pm
Thursday, August 10 CLOSED for Archery Champions' War Point Shoot
Friday, August 11 9 am - noon

The Populace Archery Shoots are worth 3 War Points total, 1 per shoot:

1. Castle Clout Shoot

The target is a simulated castle turret. Archers will be shooting at 100 yards into a square approximately 27 x 27 feet.

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

2. Castle Window Shoot

The archers will have 30 seconds to safely shoot as many arrows/bolts as they can "through" the window.

3. Soldier Shoot

These soldier-sized targets will be set up at approximately 25 yards, 35 yards, 45 yards and 55 yards.

Archery Schedule

Thursday, August 3 9:00 - 10:00 am Thumb Ring Archery Class - Novelty Range
Friday, August 4 9:00 - 10:00 am Thumb Ring Archery Class - Novelty Range
5:00 - 7:00 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
Saturday, August 5 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saint Sebastian Novelty Shoot, sponsored by the Kingdom of Atlantia.
All ages are welcomed. There will be prizes in many different categories.
5:00 - 7:00 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Tryouts/Practice
All archers wishing to be on the Pennsic Archery Champions Teams should attend these practices. See either the East Kingdom Captain General or the Midrealm Kingdom Archery Marshal for more details.
Sunday, August 6 9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
12 - 2:00 pmKnown World Baronial Archer Champions Tourney
A friendly competition among current archery champions from Baronies, Shires, Cantons, Ridings, and Marches. We will also run a tournament for all youth Baronial champions at the same time. Barons/Baronesses are requested to come join us. Participants, please bring a small patch or other token that may be sewn on that represents your barony (1.5-2" diameter) to donate toward the prize.
5:00 - 7:00 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
5:00 - 7:00 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Tryouts/Practice
Monday, August 7 9:00 - 10:00 am Thumb Ring Archery Class - Novelty Range
9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Points
5:00 - 7:00 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Practice/Tryouts
5:00 - 7:00 pm 5th Pennsic Period Bow Shoot
Competition with period archery equipment only. No attached or built-in arrow rests, no pistol grips, no plastic arrow nocks. Longbows (includes Yumis), static-eared recurves ("horsebows"), other period recurves, if any, and crossbows. Bow types will shoot against the same category. Flight Shoot (best of your six arrows/bolts), Roving Clout, Manchu Tunken (five concentric circles pressure fitted inside one another target. A clean shot will knock out only the bulls-eye. Requires one (1) 3/4" rubber-blunted arrow or bolt), Turkish puta, wands or wreathes. Full period RR shoot. Garb and archery kit must match for time period and culture, i.e., no Vikings shooting Yumis. Prizes for each bow type and a prize for Best Ensemble of garb and archery kit.
Tuesday, August 8 9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Point
12:00 - 3:00 pm Youth Archery Tournament - Family Range
Hosted by the Kingdom of Ealdormere. All youths are required to have their parents/guardians with them at the range.
Wednesday, August 9 9:00 am – 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Populace War Points
Thursday, August 10 All Day Archery Champions' War Point Shoot
Friday, August 11 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Populace War Point

Archery Equipment Standards

  1. Bows

    1. No compound bows are allowed.
    2. Adjustable or fixed sights many not be attached to straight bows or recurves.
    3. Marks on limbs are allowed.
    4. There are no draw weight limits for target archery bows.
    5. 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.
    6. Bow straps are allowed.
    7. No stabilizers, clickers, or modern string release devices are allowed.
    8. 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 with openings that you can see through in profile, must have the openings filled or covered to appear more in keeping with medieval archery.

  3. Strings

    1. All strings must be appropriate for the bow type and weight.
      1. Strings may not be constructed of material prone to failure, such as natural sinew or gut.
      2. 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. 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 strings are not allowed.
    7. Metal crimps on strings are not allowed on bows over 10 pounds. See exceptions below.
  4. Arrows and 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 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.
  6. Exceptions !

    1. Exceptions to these rules may be granted by the Captain General of the East Kingdom, the Kingdom Archery Marshal from the Middle Kingdom, or the Archer General of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

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