Picnic Table

With our membership growing, BTA asked Ian MacKinnon for a picnic table.
Guess what happened – we got two wonderful tables! 🙂

A BIG THANK YOU to our member Ian MacKinnon and his business partner (MacIan) for this gracious donation.


The second BTA ‘Fall Classics’ tournament took place on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
40 archers were registered. 30 archers showed up, 29 were competing at the event.

The weather didn’t look good. The pouring rain the night before the event caused the outdoor tents to collapse. Repairs had to be done in the morning of the tournament, which was mastered excellently.
By the time the registration was done and the groups were all put together: it was still raining.
No worries – as we Cape Bretoners say: If you don’t like the weather – wait 15 minutes 🙂
And off we go, into the woods….

Two courses were set up with 20 targets each. One course had to be done in the morning, the other one in the afternoon. And guess what happened? At approx. target number 5, the rain stopped for the rest of the day. Thanks again to the CBI weather dynamic.

During the lunch break, the shooters could prove their skills by shooting through an opening on a moving target. All participants had a lot of fun and laughter. The winner after the shoot-off was John Cann.
See one of the shooters, Ian MacKinnon, in action here.

BTA is proud to announce that mostly all of our members were participating in the event, eight of our members won a medal.

A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all participants supporting our sport! Some had to drive for more than 8 hours, some didn’t know what to expect or started archery just a few weeks ago and again: the weather didn’t cooperate the night before and in the morning. Well done!

Last, but not least another big ‘THANK YOU’ to the volunteers, scorers, Hartmut for the sausages and everyone who helped to get this shoot up and running. Great work!

Trudy Dryden introduced the

To promote traditional archery, the traditional archery community in the Maritime Provinces has introduced the Maritime Traditional Archery Cup.
In order to qualify, starting in 2021 a traditional archer must shoot 3 days if there are 5 days of shooting and 4 days if there are more than 5 days of shooting of any traditional only archery tournaments in the Maritime Provinces.
The highest combined score of any 3 or 4 days of tournaments in each of the adult divisions of recurve, longbow and primitive (female and male) will be declared the winners and those names will be engraved on the trophy. If an archer shoots all the tournaments, then he/she will submit his/her best-combined score of any 3 or 4 days of tournaments.
 In memory, the traditional archers who have passed away and who have shot at the traditional only tournaments in the Maritime Provinces will be engraved on the trophy.

The winners in 2021 are:
Female Recurve: Trudy Dryden; Male Recurve: John Cann; Male Longbow: David Legacy

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Please find below the results of the Fall Classics 2021.

The Glades & The Shebib Shoot

Two shooting events were taking place at the Labour Day Weekend.
One was in Moncton at Trudy and Bob’s ‘The Glades’ archery club.
Unfortunately to the latest border restrictions between NS and NB some of our BTA members were not able to attend the shoot.

The Glades

At least, one member of our club made his way to Moncton to represent our club.
Congratulation to John for his 1st place in his category!

Shebib Shoot

Eight members of BTA attended the Francis Shebib memorial shoot which took place right around the corner in Frenchvale at the Cape Breton Bowmen Associaton club.
Congratulations to our members:

Recurve male:
– 1st place: Clint Sampson 315/316 Total 631
– 3rd place: Ian MacKinnon 241/244 Total 485

Longbow male:
– 1st place: Thomas Engelhardt 286/250 Total 536
– 2nd place: Bernie MacLellan 246/247 Total 493
– 3rd place: Joe McGillivary 249/236 Total 485

Recurve Female:
– 1st place: Bridget Benz 267/276 Total 543
– 2nd place: Petra Engelhardt 254/225 Total 479

Cub age 14 or less:
– 2nd place: Jacob Richardson 227/208 Total 435
Special Congratulations to Jacob. He just started Archery in May this year (!!) at our club.
He has been coached by John Cann (club coach) and as you can see Jacob is a quick learner.
Keep it up, Jacob!

A big ‘Thank You’ as well to our ‘scoring girls’ Laurie MacKinnon, Jody Richardson and Elsie MacKinnon.

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.

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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.

The Glades 3D shoot (New Brunswick)

Five members of BTA were heading out to the 2021 ‘Glades 3-D traditional Shoot’ in Moncton NB, at Trudy and Bob’s Dryden.

The shoot was supposed to be on Saturday, July 10, but got postponed to Sunday, July 11 due to tropical storm Elsa. The weather on Sunday was gorgeous…thanks to Elsa just a ‘little too hot and humid’.

Congratulation to our members
Marlene Gavel for 4th place (female recurve)
Charlie Joe for 7th place (recurve male),
Joe McGillvary 3rd place (longbow male) and
John D Cann 1 place (recurve male)…..

Awesome! BTA rocks!

Please find the results by following the link below….

Joe McGillvary BTA won third place in the longbow class (male)
John D Cann BTA won first place in the recurve class (male)

BTA Club Update (Covid)

Update June 8, 2021

BTA would like to take this opportunity to open the club to new members. Booking time is 1-3 pm Sunday afternoons. If you would like to try archery (traditional only), please contact John at 902-371-4718.

  • New shooters (beginners and returners) to the club have to contact
    John at 902-371-4718, office@johnsarchery.ca to book a shooting on Sundays starting at 1:00 pm.
  • All persons have to sign in and sign out. A table is set up in front of the cabin with the sign-in book and hand sanitizer. Please feel free to bring your own.
  • Maximum of 5 shooters in a group including non-shooter or chaperone.

Please find below the announcement from Archery Nova Scotia:

With the announcement from the Province of Nova Scotia on Friday, May 28th, effective Wednesday, June 2nd, Archery Nova Scotia is able to have outdoor shooting ranges resume for practice only. 

Any club(s) with outdoor ranges can open June 2nd to provide practice shooting.

As per the previous announcement, individuals were able to practice on outdoor ranges and have one-on-one lessons, adhering to social distance and mask procedures if others were using the range at the same time. Effective June 2nd, sport can have up to groups of 10 outdoors without social distancing. Archery groups are no more than 4, (Field/3D maximum 5 if one of them is a non-shooter like a chaperone, coach, etc.)

Update April 29, 2021

Update April 26, 2021

Dear members and friends of Breton Traditional Archers

It’s been a long winter, we are ready to head back into the woods.
Both shooting courses are set up and we have 7 new wonderful targets.

Although we had hoped to be able to welcome new members, the resent spike in cases in our area has caused restrictions to be put in place.

BTA Members can still practice up to 25 people, protocols will be followed.
Please bring your own hand sanitzer.

We will be shooting Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hope to see you soon.
A special thank you to all those who helped get the courses ready.
To Bridget for making our new sign, and providing us with yummy treats, the work crew thanks you.

NO new members and spectators allowed at this point.


We had and still have a lot of inquires from people who would like to try archery.
Thanks to all of you who reached out to BTA and want to try this wonderful sport.

Although we’re not allowed to have new members on the course right now, please feel free to register as a new archer at BTA.
Please contact John via phone @ 902-371- 4718 or by email at john@btarchers.ca.
John will answer your questions and keep you up-to-date.

Also, check our webpage and Facebook page for updates and news.

The new sign on our property…

BTA will have once a month a ‘fun day’ with different kind of scoring in place.

Let’s do what we love to do!
Stay safe and we will see one another at the club. ..

Traditional Archery rocks!

President Marlene Gavel and the BTA team

2021 Garnet Dodge / George Ackroyd Memorial 3-D Shoot in Gloosecap

BTA on tour again.

Eleven members of BTA were heading out to the 2021 Garnet Dodge / George Ackroyd Memorial 3-D Shoot in Gloosecap, Windsor on Sunday April 18.

Some of you already know Gloosecap for it’s famous ‘Frozen Finger Shoot’ which is taking place every year at the end of February. Unfortunately this year the shoot was cancelled just two days before the event because of COVID.

So here we go again. Second try and off to Windsor.

Although the weather wasn’t very inviting, BTA had a lot of fun. This time we didn’t have to skate on ice or snow – we were a kind of mud pilots.

Unfortunately some people didn’t use their ‘auto pilot’ and fell. Thank god no serious injuries.

71 shooters attended the shoot. 50% were traditional shooters. YEAH! Traditional is becoming more and more popular again. Good news. Of course Robin Hood is still alive in our heads.

BTArchers did great.

Senior class female: Second place (same result) for Shauntelle Mombourquette and Laurie MacKinnon. Third place Hannah Stockley.

Master class female: First place Marlene Gavel and second place Bridget Benz.

The winner of the Trophy for the Highest single round in a Traditional Class went to John Cann. John is also the winner of his class with a total score of 681. WOAH!

Congratulations to everyone. BTA is so proud of its members.

Keep up the good team spirit…

John Cann
John Cann. The winner of the Trophy for the Highest single round in a Traditional Class