GALLERY: Field archers tested their skills over the weekend
ARCHERY: Sixty-five shooters competed in the 3DAAA Sanctioned Shoot at the Gladstone Field Archers precinct near Awoonga Dam.
The all-important event produced some top-class shooting in which the scores were added to national ranking points for some of the shooters.
Gladstone Field Archers secretary and competitor Steve Wyatt said it was a successful weekend.
"There was healthy competition in lots of the divisions especially in the Male Open and Female Open categories and these categories have the longest distances," Wyatt said.
"The typical bow set-up for this division is a compound bow, with adjustable sights, release aids and stabilisers.
"They are the most high-tech bows used in archery."
The format on Saturday consisted of three ranges of 10 targets per range and the archers were placed into divisions based on age and bow type and set-up.
Coloured pegs were positioned in front of the target at varying distances, with the furthest at up to 50 yards (45m).
"You get in groups of three to five people and you walk through the 10 targets and you take your turn at the relevant coloured peg that you shoot from," Wyatt said.
"The 3D targets have a centre circle which is 10 points, an outer circle which is eight points, and the rest of the target is five points."
Shooters got one arrow per target.
The degree of difficulty depended on the range and some parts of the range were undulating which added to the challenge where shooters needed to calculate the distance between the shooter and target.
The size of the target and the surrounding trees and shadows also made judging the distance challenging.
For these competitions, the course needed to be a new layout, so that no one had shot it previously and that there was no "home-ground advantage".
"The course setter Les Ogden has done a terrific job fitting these ranges in to the area that we have," Wyatt said.
"Everyone has commented on how well-thought out and laid-out the ranges were.
"Sunday's competition consisted of two ranges of 10 targets.
"So, over the course of the weekend, a total of 50 targets were shot and the highest points win."
Wyatt said the Gladstone field archers completed well, especially the junior members who all placed in the top three in their respective divisions.
"It's great to see the junior members competing so well in the event with a lot of them shooting close to the same distances as some of the adults," he said.
Regular shooting will resume after the current school holiday break.
"We'll have a regular weekend shoots every Sunday during the school term. the dates are on the calendar of our website and Facebook page," Wyatt said.
"Every second week we have a visitors day where people can come and try the sport."
The club has about 70 members, most of who compete on a social level with a handful who compete at a high level.
Wyatt said new members were always welcome at the club and suggested those interested have a look at the club's website or Facebook sites.