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Target Archery

Archery Marshals-in-Charge

Baron Edward Harbinger
Master Robert the Grey

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 47 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 come to the Archery Mashals' tent to be inspected with that equipment.
  • Each archer and their equipment need only be inspected once during War.
  • NO in camp inspections are allowed.

Activities / Hours

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

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 1, 2, & 3 (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.

All target archery marshals must attend one of the marshals meeting listed below. All meetings are located in the Archery Marshal's tent on the archery range. Wednesday August 1 11:00 am
Friday August 3 3:00 pm
Sunday August 5 5:00 pm

War Week

During War Week, the Archery Range and Family Range will be open from 9 am - 5 pm (in general).

On Wednesday, August 8, the range will be closed for the Archery Champions' War Point shoot.

Practice for the Populace War Point Shoot

War Point practice ranges will be open starting Sunday, August 5, from 9 - 11 am.

Populace War Point Shoot

Details 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.

A complete schedule of Family Range activities will be posted at the Archery Marshals' Tent.

Classes, Tournaments, Novelty Shoots

Archery classes, tournaments, and novelty shoots take place from August 1 onward. (See the schedule )

We will try to have a novelty range set up in the mornings during War Week, each day that the range is open to the populace. A prize will be given for each different novelty shoot. Come early, come often, and represent your Kingdoms, but most of all have fun.

Archery War Points

Populace Archery War Point Shoot - 3 War Points

The Populace War Point Shoots take place over 5 days:

Sunday, August 5 11 am - 5 pm
Monday, August 6 11 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, August 7 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday, August 9 11 am - 7 pm
Friday, August 10 9 am - noon

Archers may shoot each of the three populace War Points up to a maximum of 5 times – either once on each day the range is open, or by shooting multiple times on fewer days.

1. Castle Clout Shoot (1 War Point)

The target is a simulated castle turret. Archers will be shooting at about 100 yards into a square approximately 27 x 27 feet. There will be a moat monster protecting the castle in front at about 50 yards.

This is an untimed shoot. The archers are allowed 6 arrows or bolts. Scoring for the shoot is:

  • 1 point for inside the moat
  • 2 points for hitting the moat monster
  • 3 points for inside the castle
  • 4 points for hitting objects inside the castle

2. Castle Window Shoot

Archers have 30 seconds to safely shoot as many arrows or bolts as they can The target is a castle window, at least 8 inches wide and 36 inches tall, located between 25 and 35 yards. There will be an object inside the castle window.

Scoring is:

  • 1 point for each arrow/bolt inside the castle window
  • 2 points for each arrow/bolt inside the object in the castle window

3. Soldier Shoot

This is an untimed shoot. Archers are allowed 6 arrows or bolts at the invading soldiers. Scoring for the shoot is:
  • 1 point for the 15-yard target
  • 2 points for the 35-yard target
  • 3 points for the 45-yard target
  • 4 points for the 55-yard target
Any arrow/bolt hitting the painted portion of the target scores.

Archery Champions' Shoot - 4 War Points

The Champions' Shoot takes place on Wednesday, August 8th.

Each side will have 30 archers (20 from Principal kingdoms, 10 from Allied kingdoms) Description: The shoot will be constructed with the intent to balance accuracy and speed shoots.

Champions' team practice and selection occurs at Pennsic. All archers are encouraged to come and try out for the Pennsic Archery Champions teams at these times: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5: 5:30 7:00 pm; Monday, August 6: 5:00 7:00 pm.

Archery Schedule

Wednesday, August 1 9:00 - 10:00 am Thumb Ring Archery - Family Range
11:00 - 12:00 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
11:30 - 1:00 pm Æthelmearc Sponsored Novelty Shoot - Novelty Range
Thursday, August 2 10:00 - 11:00 am Thumb Ring Archery - Family Range
Friday, August 3 11:30 - 1:00 pm Æthelmearc Sponsored Novelty Shoot - Novelty Range
3:00 - 4:00 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
Saturday, August 4 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.
5:30 - 7:30 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Tryouts/Practice
Sunday, August 5 9:00 am - 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Populace War Point
11:30 - 1:00 pm Æthelmearc Sponsored Novelty Shoot
1:00 - 3:00 pmKnown World Baronial Archery Champions Tourney
5:00 - 6:00 pm Archery Marshals' Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Tryouts/Practice
Monday, August 6 9:00 am - 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
10:00 - 11:00 am Thumb Ring Archery - Family Range
10:00 - 12:30 pm Æthelmearc Sponsored Novelty Shoot
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Populace War Points
5:30 - 7:30 pm Pennsic Archery Champions Practice/Tryouts
Tuesday, August 7 9:00 am - 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Populace War Point
Wednesday, August 8 All Day Archery Champions' War Point Shoot
5:00 - 7:00 pm 6th Pennsic Period Bow Shoot
Thursday, August 9 9:00 am - 11:00 am Open War Point Practice
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Populace War Points
10:00 - 12:30 pm Æthelmearc Sponsored Novelty Shoot
Friday, August 10 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. 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.
    8. Bows made of PVC are not allowed.

  2. Crossbows

    1. No center-shot or split prod styles are allowed.
    2. No compound prods or break-cocking styles are allowed.
    3. No ballistae of any kind are allowed on the archery range.
    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 from any material other than wood must be covered and any cut outs (other than the hole that secures the prod to the stock, the binding bridle) that you can see through from the profile must be filled and/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.
      3. Strings that have become knotted or those that have been repaired by knotting strands together are not allowed. This rule does not forbid those string designs that incorporate knots in their original design.
    2. 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.
    3. String silencers may be used.
    4. 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.
    5. Peep sights mounted on the strings are not allowed.
  4. Arrows and Bolts

    1. All shafts shall be of 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, or any period material, no plastic vanes
      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 Archery General of Æthelmearc, Captain General of Archers East Kingdom, Deputy Earl Marshal for Target Archery Middle Kingdom, Pennsic Archery Coordinator, or their designated deputies.

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