Birkhill Bowmen are a long established Field Archery Club based on the Birkhill Estate near Gauldry in North Fife who cater for all types of Field Archer. We are affiliated to the Scottish Field Archery Association Ltd and are governed by International Field Archery Association Rules. We cater for archers from Dundee, Tayside, and as far afield as Arbroath and Perth.
Birkhill Bowmen aim promote the principles of field archery in particular, and all forms of archery generally, according to the: Scottish Field Archery Association Ltd (SFAA Ltd) rules and regulations.
Birkhill Bowmen run beginners courses they are run by arrangement and are run as far as possible in groups. The duration is normally 8 – 10 hours tuition over a period of 4-6 sessions. The cost is £50 for adults and £30 for Cubs & Juniors (U16).
Junior Members (11-16) and Cubs (8-10) are welcome, but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.
Follow on tuition is available by arrangement with the instructors and may include:
- Intermediate Shooting coaching.
- Arrow making
- Bow set up and tuning
Most Birkhill Bowmen members meet at the course Sundays 1000 – 1300 all year round. Full members can use the course at any time.
Limited Indoor shooting facilities are available during the winter months.
There are no facilities on the course. Archers must bring their own food and drinks. All litter is to be taken home with you.
Full Member £30.00
Abated Membership (Spouse/Partner-or OAP) £20.00
Junior Member (ages 11-16) £15.00
Birkhill Bowmen Members will also need to join the SFAA, current rates are published on their web site.
Our field course cannot cater for severely disabled people, due to the rough terrain.
The Field Archery Course
A field archery course is set out much like a golf course but generally in a forest or on a hill side. Unlike golf there are either 14 or 28 targets.
In competition each archer will shoot 4 arrows at 28 targets (On 14 target courses the course will be shot twice) the aim being to get as close to the centre of the target as possible.
Targets are laid out at a fixed set of distances between 15 and 80 yards with one short target The Bunny being shot at 35 feet. Each SFAA course is then inspected and approved for safety.
The most common types of shoot are Field Shoot and Hunter Shoot where the target faces are black and white concentric circles scoring from 5 points for the spot or centre of the target down to 3 for the outer most ring.
Occasionally clubs will have an Animal Shoot where archers shoot at pictures of wild animals. The scoring for this round is different.
IFAA Archers Handbook contains full detail.
Any kind of bow, having two flexible limbs, except a crossbow or bow incorporating a mechanical drawing device. Optical spotting aids are permitted.
The archer shall support both the mass weight and the holding weight of the bow without any assistance from any external aid, other than those defined in the relevant styles.
Arrow speed shall not exceed 300 feet per second (fps) plus or minus 3 percent.
All arrows used must be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletching and nocks without regard to colour or normal wear and tear.
All fully paid up members of Birkhill Bowmen will need to affiliate with the Scottish Field Archery Association (SFAA) and are therefore covered by Public Liability Insurance whilst competing in SFAA shoots or shooting on their own club ground or indoor facilities all under the rules of the Association, recognised by the SFAA.