Target archery is the style seen at the Olympic games; the archers shoot a specified number of arrows from a particular distance, rather than moving from one target to another. At PRA we conduct a few different target rounds.
The 300 shoot is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at the practice range; there are two rounds, at 9:00 AM and 11 AM in winter, 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM in summer. There is a small entry fee. A 300 round consists of 10 ends of 3 arrows each shot at 20 yards. This timed competition is for archers wishing to compete at shorter distances. It is ideal for younger archers and those shooting with lighter poundage recurve bows. It is the perfect introduction to competition for beginning archers who have completed the Archery Fundamentals class.
We conduct a 900 round on the first and third Sunday of each month at target 22. A 900 round is the same as three 300 rounds, except that each round is shot at a different distance. On the first Sunday of the month, the 900 round is held at 60, 50 and 40 yards; on the third Sunday, the distances are 60, 50 and 40 meters. This competition is geared toward experienced archers. Making the 60 yard distance generally requires a bow with a draw weight above 20 lbs.
United Bowmen Round
The United Bowmen round is a tournament created by the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, the oldest archery club in the US. The round was first shot in 1835; for the past several years it has been conducted between the Philadelphia club and a group in Great Britain, but recently they UB decided to open it up to other clubs in a global free-for-all. PRA shoots the United Bowman round whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month.
The United Bowman round is shot at a distance of 80 yards; archers shoot 14 ends of 6 arrows each at a 122cm target. One vitally important element is the required 30 minute halftime break for refreshments after the 7th end.