Archery was one of the most important skills throughout the Medieval period, whether for day to day hunting or as an important strategic element in warfare. Today we take part for fun and to improve our skill, holding practices and tournaments in field and target, as well as thrown weapons.
Archery captured the hearts of many of the people who first found their way to the Society and the good news is that you can try it out right here in Pont Alarch!
The SCA – in order to be as true to times as possible – encourage the use of materials and methods available to period archers, so we focus on wood and feathers in our bows and arrows and do not allow modern compound bows.
Target Archery concentrates on getting the archers shooting at a static target at various distances. We have a variety of fun shoots but the basic idea is that points are scored by shooting at a bullseye from a standing position on a clear field.
Unlike rapier and heavy combat, archery is suitable for supervised children who are old enough to draw and safely shoot a bow, so it is a useful activity when you're bringing the family to an event.
All archery shoots/practices have an authorised safety marshal who will inspect all equipment for compliance to SCA rules. If you do not have your own equipment, please inform the Marshal in Charge who will look to loan some to you (where possible).
Practical Tips for starting with Archery
- Find a local (modern) practice you can get to regularly in order to improve your technique
- Be aware that you must consider arrows as expendable items. It's a pain, but they do break or get accidentally broken by others sometimes at practices and at events.
- Don't buy a bow straight away, you might think you want a longbow but find yourself wishing you'd gone for a horsebow instead after a few practices. Speak to experienced archers in the group and try different bows first.
- You MUST pay attention to what your archery marshal tells you, they are there for your safety!
- Read our Beginner's Guide to Archery in Insulae Draconis