NFAA Field Archery
I.A. Field Archery
Field archery is a roving archery game in which successive targets are shot at varying distances. The
game was created as a practice round for bowhunters, but was soon standardized as a competitive round for
any archer to enjoy. In a way, field archery is analogous to golf, as is sporting clays analogous to field archery;
that is, each "target" is different, and you move from "hole-to-hole."
I.A.1. NFAA/IFAA Field Round
I.A.1.a. Standard Unit. A standard unit consists of four shots each at 14 different targets. The 14 targets are
(not in any order):
¨ 15, 20, 25 and 30 yards at a 35-cm face (4 total).
¨ 40, 45 and 50 yards at a 50-cm face (3 total).
¨ 55, 60 and 65 yards at a 65-cm face (3 total).
¨ 35-yd, 4-position "fan" at a 50-cm face (1 total).
¨ 4-position "walk-ups" (3 total):
¨ 35-30-25-20 feet at a 20-cm face.
¨ 45-40-35-30 yards at a 50-cm face.
¨ 80-70-60-50 yards at a 65-cm face.
The foregoing distances are for adults. NFAA youth (or IFAA juniors) and cubs shoot at reduced
distances in all outdoor archery games. See the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws and the IFAA Book of Rules.
I.A.1.b. Targets. Four target sizes shall be used. The outer ring diameter shall be 65 cm, 50 cm, 35 cm, and
20 cm. The spot shall be two black rings (with white X in the center ring), two white middle rings, and two
outside black rings. The X-ring is used for tiebreakers only. The rings have the following diameters:
Target Diameter 65 cm 50 cm 35 cm 20 cm
Outer outside black ring 65 cm 50 cm 35 cm 20 cm
Inner outside black ring 52 cm 40 cm 28 cm 16 cm
Inner outside black ring 39 cm 30 cm 21 cm 12 cm
Inner middle white ring 26 cm 20 cm 14 cm 8 cm
Black center spot 13 cm 10 cm 7 cm 4 cm
X-ring 6.5 cm 5 cm 3.5 cm 2 cm
The scoring is 5 points for the center spot, including the X-ring; 4 for the two white rings; and 3 for the
outside black rings
To minimize glance-outs and arrow damage, multiple target faces may be used at all distances, but are
generally used only at the shorter distances. For example, the minimums are:
¨ Sixteen (NFAA) or eight (IFAA) 20-cm faces per butt.
¨ Four (NFAA) or two side-by-side (IFAA) 35-cm faces per butt.
¨ Two side-by-side (NFAA only) 50-cm faces per butt.
I.A.1.c. Summary of Shooting and Scoring Rules. Each archer shoots four arrows at each of the 14 targets.
The order in which these targets are shot depends entirely on the range layout. For ten of the 14 targets, the
archer shoots four arrows from a single stake at a single target face. For the remaining four targets, the archer
shoots one arrow from each of four stakes at a single target.
As noted above, a perfect score is 5 per arrow, or 20 per target, or 280 per 14-target unit. A standard
"round" is two 14-target units, with 560 points as perfect.
I.A.2. NFAA/IFAA Hunter Round
I.A.2.a. Standard Unit. As with the Field Round, a Hunter Round standard unit consists of four arrows each at
14 different targets:
¨ Single-position (4 total):
¨ 40, 44, 48 yards at a 50-cm face.
¨ 11 yards at a 20-cm face.
¨ 4-position walk-ups (4 total):
¨ 53-48-44-41 yards at a 50-cm face.
¨ 58-53-48-45 yards at a 65-cm face.
¨ 64-59-55-52 yards at a 65-cm face.
¨ 70-65-61-58 yards at a 65-cm face.
¨ 2-position walk-ups (3 total):
¨ 23-20, 19-17, and 15-14 yards at a 35-cm face.
¨ 4-position fans (3 total):
¨ 36 yards at a 50-cm face.
¨ 28 and 32 yards at a 35-cm face.
I.A.2.b. Targets. The target has two white rings with black X in center ring, and two outside black rings. The Xring
is used for tie breakers only. The rings have the following diameters:
Target Diameter 65 cm 50 cm 35 cm 20 cm
Outside black ring 65 cm 50 cm 35 cm 20 cm
Middle black ring 39 cm 30 cm 21 cm 12 cm
White center spot 13 cm 10 cm 7 cm 4 cm
X-ring 6.5 cm 5 cm 3.5 cm 2 cm
The scoring is 5 points for the center spot, including the X-ring; 4 for the middle black ring; and 3 for the outside
black ring. Again, multiple target faces are used at the shorter distances. The NFAA and IFAA minimums are
the same as noted for the Field Round.
I.A.2.c. Summary of Shooting and Scoring Rules. As with the Field Round and except for the 11-yd "birdie,"
four arrows are shot from a single stake at a single face for the one-position targets. For the 4-position walkups,
one arrow is shot from each stake; for the two-position walk-ups, two arrows are shot from each stake at a
single face; and for the 4-position fans, two arrows each are shot at the left and right faces. Shooting and
scoring rules are the same for both the Hunter and Field Round. In fact, an official 28-target "Round" may
consist of any combination of Field or Hunter 14-target units.
I.A.3. NFAA/IFAA Animal Round
I.A.3.a. Standard Unit. A standard unit for the Animal Round consists of a single "scored" shot at 14 different
targets. A maximum of three arrows may be shot at each target, but only the arrow scoring the highest value is
counted. The 14 targets consist of (see I.A.3.b. for target descriptions):
¨ Three, Group 1 targets at marked distances varying from 60 yards down to 40 yards.
¨ Three, Group 2 targets at marked distances varying from 45 yards down to 30 yards.
¨ Four, Group 3 targets at marked distances varying from 35 yards down to 20 yards.
¨ Four, Group 4 targets at marked distances varying from 20 yards down to 10 yards.
Group 1 and 2 targets are 3-position walk-ups, with the intervals generally 5 and 3 yards, respectively. Group 3
and 4 targets are single-position.
I.A.3.b. Targets. Each animal target has two scoring areas — a "vital" or "kill" zone, and a "non-vital" or
"wound" zone. The higher scoring vital areas are oblong in shape and have the following “rough” dimensions
(NFAA and IFAA slightly different) for each of the four Groups:
¨ Group 1: 9 x 14 inches. These targets include black bear, grizzly, moose, deer, caribou and elk.
¨ Group 2: 7 x 10 inches. These targets include small black bear, antelope, ram, small deer,
mountain lion and wolf.
¨ Group 3: 4 x 7 inches. These targets include raccoon, javelina, wildcat, coyote, turkey, fox, goose
¨ Group 4: 2¼ x 3½ inches. These targets include duck, turtle, grouse, rock chuck, wood chuck,
skunk, jack rabbit and crow.
The lower scoring, non-vital, scoring zones have identical areas in each group, but are shaped to fit the
I.A.3.c. Summary of Shooting and Scoring Rules. A maximum of three, marked arrows may be shot, in
order, at each target. For the Group 1 and 2 walk-ups, the first arrow is shot from the farthest stake, the second
arrow from the middle stake, and the third arrow from the nearest stake. If the first arrow scores (either vital or
non-vital), then there is no need to shoot the second arrow. If the first arrow misses, and the second arrow
scores, then there is no need to shoot the third arrow. The third arrow is shot only if the first and second arrows
are suspected misses. In no case can anyone walk up to a target, and then walk back to shoot a second or
third arrow in the event of a missed shot. If you're not sure you scored, then always shoot the next arrow! For
Group 3 and Group 4 single-position targets, the second and third shots, if needed, are shot from the same
stake as the first shot.