15th July 2015 - Club shoot with the Wellington Bowmen

It might be thought that shooting with a bow and arrow would be a whole lot simpler than shooting with a high-tech camera with all its complicated and sophisticated controls and then the business of quality processing. Well to a certain extent that’s correct. After all with archery all you have to do is get a bow, find an arrow, find a target, put the arrow to the bow, aim at the target, hit the target and that’s it. Surely?
Somehow that doesn’t match with what happened when a good showing of twelve club members turned up at the invitation of Wellington Bowmen to prove that what goes up must come down but not necessarily in the place it was intended.
After some very important health and safety advice about not stabbing yourself or anyone else with arrows and being warned about head-butting the rear end of arrows when pulling them from the target, we were all tested for left or right eye dominance so that we would know the preferred arm for holding the bow and for releasing our arrows. Kitted out with some recurve practise bows, an arm shield to prevent the bowstring ripping the underside of our forearms (I still have the scars to show I wasn’t listening properly) and a leather finger protector to make it easier to fire the arrow we were ready to display our brilliance. Or not.
It had come to our attention that situated alongside the targets was a strange object. This turned out to be a metal detector. This came into its own once we had all fired our first shots as many flew either wide or over the targets and had to be recovered from the grass before anymore firing could take place.
But there were many hits on the targets which were 20 metres away – although in some cases not the ones that were being aimed at. Apparently the sign of a good bowman is that you can group your arrows. Hitting the inner circle or gold with one arrow is great but not so much if the others have disappeared into the field behind or are distributed at random elsewhere.
This was a very enjoyable occasion and the time given up by Janet, Roy and John of the Wellington Bowmen was much appreciated.
Some photography also took place but whether any of the images will take flight more accurately than our arrows only time will tell.