How-to: Animal Round

Animal Round paper target face.
Animal Round paper target face.

Animal Round
The Animal Round is much like the 3D round, but the targets are 2D paper, that is, an animal image printed on a sheet of paper that is usually pasted to cardboard. Similar to a Field Round, distances are marked to give everyone an equal chance.

Shooting Rules: Scoring is a bit different on this round. You take three of your arrows and mark them 1, 2, and 3. When you get to the farthest yellow shooting stake you shoot arrow number 1. If you hit the scoring area you need not shoot another arrow. If you miss the first shot you move up to the next shooting stake and shoot number 2. If you hit the scoring zone there’s no need to shoot number 3. If you missed number one and two, move up and shoot number three.

Scoring: The highest-scoring arrow will count. For each of the three possible scores for each arrow, you get the highest for hitting the “X-Ring”, the middle for shooting the “Vital Area”, and the lowest score for hitting the “Wound Area”. Your #1 arrow will count 21, 20, or 18 points, #2 will count 17, 16, or 14 points, and #3 will count 13, 12, or 10 points.

For more information on the Fundamentals of an NFAA Animal Round, CLICK HERE. 

NFAA Animal Round @ the PRA

An Animal Round is hosted on the 4th Sunday of each month. Set-Up begins at 7:30A and the tournament officially starts at 8:00A.

Animal Rounds consist of paper targets of varying sizes that depict a variety of game animals.

Shooting positions are marked with YELLOW painted markers with numbers indicating the distance to the target in yards. Scoring is a bit different on this round than on the Field and Hunter Rounds.

Archers shoot one arrow at the target from the farthest yellow marker, and if the arrow hits a scoring area, the archer shoots no more arrows at the target. If the archer misses the first shot he or she advances toward the target, stopping at the next yellow marker and shoots a second arrow. If that arrow hits a scoring zone, the archer shoots no more arrows at the target. If the archer misses both their first and second shots, he or she advances to the final yellow marker and shoots a 3rd and final arrow.

The scoring area is divided into three parts: the vital area, the non-vital area and a bonus X-ring in the center of the vital area. Scoring is based on which arrow hit a scoring area and which zone it landed in. The first arrow shot is scored 21 (in the center, circular X-ring), 20 (in the larger vital area) or 18 (in the non vital ring, which normally skirts the edge of the body of the animal). The second arrow is scored 17, 16 or 14, and the third arrow is scored 13, 12 or 10. An arrow only need touch the edge of any ring to be awarded the corresponding higher point value. The highest score per target is 21 points and the maximum possible score for the round is 588 points.

We highly recommend that first time shooters at our field archery tournaments seek out a veteran competitor to shoot with to “learn the ropes.” PRA regular competitors are a friendly group of people who are always happy to show newcomers how the tournaments work. Please refer to the latest NFAA Constitution and Bylaws for the most up to date and detailed rules.

PRA Trophies and Awards

PRA members who complete at least three Animal Rounds per year are eligible to win Annual PRA trophies and awards. Archers may shoot with any bow style as long as they accurately mark on the scorecard which NFAA bow category and age group they are shooting. To be eligible for awards for the Animal Round, an archer must shoot at least three complete rounds per bow style (per year).

Additionally, scorecards must be filled out correctly, completely and legibly including name, bow category, age division, scores, totals and be signed by 3 individual archers (2 scorekeepers & a witness) any one of which can be the archer to whom the scorecard belongs.

PRA members wishing to submit a score to be considered for awards, MUST complete the round witnessed by 2 additional archers & have said witnesses sign their scorecards before submission. Scorecards submitted by competitors who shoot and score alone without the necessary verification, will NOT be accepted.