Archery Canada rules, categories and tournaments

It looks like there is a bit of confusion in the archery world if it comes to shooting categories and tournament rules.
Let’s look into it and take the ‘fog’ out of the picture 🙂

  1. BTA is a traditional archery club. This means, we’re shooting an arrow ‘off the shelf’ of the bow or with a non adjustable arrow rest. We do not use any stabilizers or other mechanical tools. We do not use a range finder (a tool where you can measure the distance to the target.)
  2. There are two kinds of tournaments. A tournament which is registered with Archery Canada and a tournament without registration. The tournament which is NOT registered is called a ‘FUN SHOOT’.

    A Fun shoot doesn’t mean that there are no rules. It just means the event is NOT registered with Archery Canada. Rules still have to be followed.
  3. There are Traditional only shooting events or mixed shooting events. Mixed tournaments means there are compound and traditional shooters.
  4. Mixed tournaments have different rules and categories than traditional only events.
  5. Shooting categories in traditional only events are easy:
    Female/Male, Adult, Junior 20 and less, Cadet 17 and less, Cub 14 or less, Pre-Cub 12 or less and Peewee 9 or less.
    Recurve bow, Longbow and Primitive bow. Any kind of arrow shaft.

    Shooting categories in mixed events:
    Female/Male and all the age classes like mentioned above;
    Master 60 traditional – archers 60+ recurve and longbow with any kind of arrow shaft;
    Longbow class Senior under 60 (Wood Arrows only);
    Instinctive Senior under 60 (traditional shooters are called instinctive in this setup)
    Longbow/Recurve any type of arrow shaft;

  6. Rules at traditional only events :

White Shooting Stake (Some clubs are using different colours for the stakes) with a maximum of 30 Yards. 2 white stakes per target in different positions. If both white stakes are at the same spot this means shooting 2 arrows from this spot or there are two different targets, which means 1 arrow for each target.
One round is 20 targets, 2 arrows per target.
All the arrows have to be left in the target until all shooters are scored.

The arrows must be in the animal. A hit in the horn/antler, hoof or background, not touching body colour or any other miss or glance off is counted as a miss.

(Note: a “glance-off” occurs when an arrow hits the edge of a target but does not remain in the target, nor is a pass-through.)
If In case of a rebound or pass-through or arrow embedded in the target and not showing on the face, the scoring shall take place as follows:
If all of the athletes in that shooting group agree that a rebound or pass-through has occurred, and can see that there is an embedded arrow, they may also agree on the value of that arrow;
In 3D rounds, if they cannot agree on the value of the arrow, the arrow shall be scored a five (5).
In 3D, an arrow ricochet will score a Miss (M)

The archer can stand or kneel up to approximately 1m in any direction beside or behind
(not in front) of the shooting peg/stake.
Range finders are NOT permitted. Binoculars can be used before the shoot to check the kill zone. After the arrows are shot an archer can use the binoculars to view their arrows but not from the shooting line. String or face walking is not permitted.

Scoring: 10 – 8 – 5 – miss
Insert: Dark brown in the picture.
The insert lane outside ‘A’.
The kill zone lane ‘B’ scored as 8
The kill ‘C’ circle is scored as 10
If the arrow hits the area between A and B it is scored as a 5 as all the hits on the animal outside of B.
If an arrow touches the line and the line is ‘BROKEN’ the higher score will count.

7. Rules at mixed events:

All the rules above but the scoring is 11 – 10 – 8 – 5 – miss. The ‘eleven’ is the small inner circle in the ‘C’.

We are NOT barebow shooters. Our classes/categories are instinctive or traditional.

We presume that members of BTA while attending a tournament play fair, respect the rules of the host and do not cheat.

If someone sees an archer cheating, please do not hesitate to bring it to the host. It’s up to the host to deal with it.

Last but not least, attending a tournament is more than scoring and bring home a medal. It is about socialising, friendship, supporting the sport, get more experience and presenting the club as a proud member.

On this note – shoot straight and have fun.

TAANS 2021 in Parrsboro

TAANS has partnered with Down by the Bay Traditional Archery Club in Parrsboro NS for
a two-day shoot on August 14 and Aug 15.

Nine members of BTA (Joe, Booth, John, Shauntelle, Bridget, Ian, Charlie, Marlene and our Girl Friday, Karen were on the road again.

Two different courses awaited us to shoot. Two rounds (40 targets, 2 arrows, 2 days) makes 160 arrows.
Due to the weather (beautiful summer over 30 degrees celsius) the Saturday shoot was a challenge for all of the participants. Water was the most important thing to have which was provided by the DBTB team.

On Saturday afternoon there was a Fun Shoot prior to a Potluck supper also provided by the DBTB team for anyone that would like to join in on the feast. All needed to bring was a hungry belly and a chair to sit on.  It was so delicious.

Back to the Fun Shoot – the legendary milk jug shoot.

Milk Jug Fun Shoot 🙂

Among the top ten in their respective groups were:

Female: Marlene Gavel 3rd place; Bridget Benz 4th place; Shauntelle Mombourquette 6th place;
Male: John Cann 3rd place; Joe McGilivary 4th place.
Volunteer of the day: Karen Cann

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the BTArchers!
A BIG THANK YOU to the team of DBTB! BTA is looking forward to next year.

Please find below the results of the TAANS shoot. Click the download button below to download the results.

Click on the picture to enlarge

2021 Nova Scotia 3-D Outdoor Championships

The provincial championships this year were hosted by the Glooscap Heritage Archers Association in Windsor NS.

Gloosecap, already known by some BTA members for its famous Frozen Finger Shoot, why not go to the provincials?

No sooner said than done. Six members (4 shooters, a lovely girl to get us organized and Booth) hit the road for Windsor. The weather was gorgeous.

It was a one-day event by shooting two rounds of 20 targets but only one arrow per target. It was a challenge and a lot of fun.

All four BTArchers won a medal 🙂 John first, JoeMc third, Shauntelle second, Bridget second, in each of their divisions.


Left to right: JoeMcGillivary, Bridget Benz, John D Cann, Karen Cann, Shauntelle Mombourquette.

The event was well organized. A BIG Thank You to Gary Oickle for all his work, help and support. It was a great event.