Re: [SCA-Archery] Shooting at 30 and 40 yards on a twenty yard field
- I recommend shooting at anything but colored rings to keep the old
targeting eyes sharp. Last winter, I noticed I got into a rut of color
dependence when trying to shoot a high Winter round. So, I stopped and
pulled out the 5-spots and anything else (like a Pokemon card). That
practice has made me a better archer overall as I truly learned how my bow
shot. I had to depend more on knowing my bow than knowing a corner of a
fixed size target.
That was with my crossbow.
My recurve skill is slowly improving now that I am working on practicing
with it more. I've been reading a book entitled 'Instinctive Archer
Insights' and it has revealed to me new techniques to try. For one thing,
I've always been a vertical bow shooter. Now I am trying to cant the bow
slightly to allow my other eyes a chance to help target.
-Caedmon, fan of alternate targets
- I think it is time to set the records straight here.
First and foremost let me say that at no time has 'the individual in
question' applied to become a Warranted Archery Marshal in Artemisia. I
have asked him about this numerous times, even asking him to consider the
position of Deputy Archer General for Southern Artemisia, but the
response has always been to the tune of "I could not possibly do that."
I have a long list of the better part of 100 e-mails that I have
received in the past two months criticizing the way I run archery in
Artemisia, and how I have been very unfair in working with the demands of
a single archer. Archery is a babe in the woods in Artemisia, where I
started Kingdom archery with nothing but an appointment by His Majesty at
Crown Tournament in October of 1998. Since then I have created an
Archery Handbook, put together a corps of trustworthy, stable Marshals,
and encouraged archers to shoot for score and become involved. Based on
the populace of Artemisia, this has met with solid success. Over one
fourth of the populace of the Kingdom has tried at least once their hand
at a bow or crossbow. Last year, Artemisia's first entry into the IKAC
with crossbowmen did well, especially considering that the most
experienced of the crossbowmen in Artemisia have been shooting crossbow
for less than 4 years. Most archers in Artemisia have had little to no
experience with medieval archery before coming to me wishing to learn
more. Some of my best examples are people who have been shooting for
slightly over a year, one with crossbow and one with recurve, and they
have gone from learning the basics to putting out some impressive scores,
with even more impressive aims for period re-creation.
I don't brag about scores in Artemisia. In truth, I do not personally
weigh heavily into IKAC and Royal Round scores because both shoots are
not period. I understand their need in the Society as a way to equally
test the skill of archers from Oertha to Drachenwald, and their service
to recognize archers for their ability. The difficulty is in how to
score the bow handmade from a stave of "witch" elm, or the archer who
acquires a 100+ pound longbow because it is an authentic weight? They
pursue these items because they strive to recreate the archer of
centuries past, not to shoot a great score.
If this gentle has something to offer archery in the SCA besides his
ability to say his piece and boast his ability to shoot well in practice,
then let it come forth. Otherwise, let our talk turn to more
constructive topics on this list of SCA-Archery; not Olympic shoots, not
Las Vegas scoring.
Ld. K. Braden von Sobernheim
- Archer General of Artemisia
MoAS of Arn Hold, Baroness' Champion
Protector of the Gryphon's Arrows for TRMs Konrad and Kortland