In the United Kingdom the NFAS (National Field Archery Society) sets the rules for many shoots including Big Game and 3D shoots. Most of these consist of 36 or 40 targets or 2x20 targets. The NFAS is not affiliated to any international organisation.
The information in this section is taken from the NFAS Rules of Shooting.
The most common NFAS rounds have a "walk-up" format where the archer starts at the furthest peg from the target and proceeds to nearer pegs if necessary.
The first arrow is shot from the red peg (or sometimes wasp peg for compound). A hit in the kill zone scores 20 points (sometimes 24 if an inner kill zone is being used). A hit in the wound zone (anywhere outside the kill zone but not on antlers or base, or within wound lines on 2D targets) scores 16 points.
If the scoring area is not hit with the first arrow the archer will proceed to the white peg for his/her second shot. A kill scores 14 points. A wound scores 10 points.
If a third shot is needed the archer will proceed to the blue peg. A kill scores 8 points. A wound scores 4 points.
If all 3 arrows miss the scoring zones the archer must stop shooting and a zero is scored for that target.
Juniors 12-14 and 15-16 must shoot blue, yellow, yellow and white, blue, blue respectively.
Cubs (under 12) shoot all their arrows from the closest yellow peg.
All archers attending these shots must carry a valid NFAS card in order to shoot.
There are multiple classes including compound limited, compound unlimited, bowhunter, barebow, freestyle, crossbow, hunting tackle, American flatbow and longbow. The traditional class is also accepted at some shoots.
The information in this section is taken from the NFAS website, sections About the NFAS and NFAS The Rules.
As part of the Constitution of the National Field Archery Society, an annual championship shall be held, open to members.
The NFAS hold shoots throughout the year and all over the country. They currently (2012) hold three championships, open to eligible members.
Scottish Champs - Easter Weekend
3D Championships - Bank Holiday weekend, end of May
National Champs - 3rd weekend in September
To be eligible to shoot a Championships, NFAS members must have competed in three open shoots in the bow style that they wish to shoot, or a previous Championships and existing members must have renewed their membership by the 31st of March.