With outdoor season in full swing for the whole world, let’s talk about equipment set up and changes that need to be made compared to indoor set ups.
FITA 50 meters, NFAA, World Archery, and IFAA field, ASA 3D, and various other local formats require changes to equipment that must be made when competing. Rules of each format are different, and so is terrain and targets.
I won’t go into all of the rules and differences, but a big one to remember is stabilizer set up. With indoors, we can get away with almost anything. Long back bars that point almost straight back is how many people now have their indoor bows set up. The issue there is when you go from shooting flat to shooting at a steep down hill target, that bar most likely will hit your leg. Sure you can move it out right then if you need, but doing that can affect the tune of your bow and how the arrow shoots. I recommend finding the sweet spot that allows you to be comfortable, but also assuring you’ll be able to shoot at any angle.
When it comes to arrow choice, there’s not one size that fits all. If you’re shooting field and 3D in the same season, then you’ll need two different arrow set ups. As small as you can get for field, and as big as the rules allow for 3D. At an NFAA field event, the longest shot is 80 yards. Add in some wind and you’ll be happy you have a small arrow. With 3D, the longest shot is usually 50 yards, and often those tournaments are held in heavily wooded areas. Without wind being much of a factor, the bigger arrows work well to catch lines. We all want that extra point or two if we can get it with a bigger arrow!
The last thing I’ll cover is scope size selection. Unfortunately, this is another one of those not one size fits all scenarios. While there are some that have found a perfect size housing to cover all formats, not all of us are that lucky. For me, I shoot 29mm indoors, 50 meters, and for field archery. We all are a little different in the way we perceive the target through the peep and scope, but I’ve found that that size is perfect for those uses. Now when it comes to 3D archery, I’d be at a massive disadvantage trying to find that little 12 ring on a big dark animal. The bigger the housing, the more animal you can see to try and line up the perfect shot.
I know this article might have you feeling the need to buy more equipment, but we’re archers, we can never have enough equipment!
Good luck out there for this outdoor season, and I’ll see you at the next event!
Champion Professional Archer
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