Code of Conduct
Please read first then click on the link, below, for the shoot calendar
Roving marks and field archery take place outdoors in the country in British weather on natural surfaces with its inherent risks. Please dress accordingly or do not attend if this is not for you. Warbow Wales does not insure you for Personal Accident, Loss of Earnings or Damage to Personal Equipment. You are advised to provided your own insurance for this.
At all Warbow Wales shoots you are obliged to follow the ‘Archers code of conduct’ and must be a safe and competent archer.
• Never point a bow and arrow at another person
• Never shoot an arrow at a vertical or near vertical trajectory. You do not know where it will land
• Once you have shot, retire from the shooting line. Spectators must always stand well behind shooting archers
• Check your equipment before shooting to ensure it is in serviceable condition
• Check your arrow for any damage before shooting it, especially if you have hit something hard. If it is damaged do not shoot it as it may break upon release
• If you accidentally damage another archer’s equipment offer to pay for it immediately
• As with all outdoor activities, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the terrain and weather. Warbow Wales events take place in the countryside so it will often be muddy and steep underfoot so be repaired.
• An adult must supervise children at all times
• Always stay on the marked path and only travel in the direction that the targets are laid out in. Going any other way could place you in the line of
• If you are looking for a lost arrow behind a target, always leave someone from your group on the shooting peg to warn other archers & your bow
leaning against the face of the target so that the next group of archers will see it and have an archer from your group stand by that shot’s shooting
peg to warn others it is not safe to shoot.
• When pulling arrows from a target make sure no one is standing close behind you
• Use arrowheads that will not cause undue damage to the targets.
• Whilst not compulsory, wearing bright colours helps others see you and is a good precaution
• Near Hit incidents and accidents must be reported by all the archers witnessing these incidents to the captain and/or Clerk ASAP
Flight, Roving, Clout, Butts, Wand, Man-sized Target and Hoyles
• Never shoot over anyone’s head or into unsighted ground
• If you see someone or something straying into a dangerous position call out to stop the shooting, traditionally by calling “Hold fast” or “Fast”.
This should be repeated by other archers to ensure that all hear the command. If the Captain of the Marks blows a whistle or hunting horn
then stop shooting immediately.
• Wait for verbal approval from the Captain of the Marks before starting to shoot
• Always wait for the every shooting archer before going toward the mark or target to retrieve your arrows
• Leave others on the shooting line enough space to shoot
• When you have finished shooting retire from the shooting line and give other archers enough space. Bows are made of natural materials and as such can break.
• Be careful when retrieving your arrows, as it is easy to step on those of others, especially with flatter shots
• Roving marks are set out for war arrows and target arrows so barrelled flight shafts must not be used