1. Check your equipment before shooting. Check the limbs for cracks. Never shoot a cracked or bent arrow.
  2. Never place an arrow in the bow until you are ready to shoot it.
  3. Never loose an arrow when you cannot see where it will land.
  4. No archer shall draw a bow with the bow hand higher than the head
  5. Never loose an arrow straight into the air (except in regulated clout shooting)
  6. Never pull a loaded or unloaded bow in anybodyís direction.
  7. Never point an arrow at a person.
  8. Never throw an arrow.
  9. Never stand forward or to the side of an archer about to shoot; not only can you destroy the archers concentration but you place yourself in danger from a mis-nocked arrow which can flirt in any direction on release.
  10. Whilst someone else is shooting keep your eyes and mind alert for possible danger, at the moment of loosing the archers concentration is solely on the target.
  11. Where possible danger exists shout STOP! or FAST! If you have doubts of any nature state loudly DONíT SHOOT!
  12. At least one adult member of a group should always remain standing in front of the target if other members are searching for arrows. Alternatively, prop at least one bow or branch in front of target face.
  13. Always keep to the marked path from each target to the next shooting stand. Donít just think things are safe. MAKE SURE.
  14. Juniors/cubs should never leave a group without adult supervision.
  15. Nobody should ever RUN on an archery range.
  16. Check to see if anybody is in the way (behind you) when pulling arrows
  17. Brightly coloured clothing, preferably hi-vis, is recommended.
  18. Note that camouflage clothing could be a contributory factor to an incident and should not be worn without some additional hi-vis extra.


Anyone at an IFAF event is entitled to make a complaint directed at a particular person or persons.
This may be related to individual behaviour, safety issues, rule infringement, or other matters.
The complaint or query, must, if appropriate, be made to the person or persons concerned.
Conferring with others before making a complaint may be advisable, provided it can be done at the time.
If this course of action is not practicable, or is ineffective, then the complaint must be taken to the next higher authority present at the time e.g. event organiser, host club official, member of the IFAF committee, child protection officer.
Only if these steps have been taken and the matter unresolved will the IFAF committee give consideration to a detailed written complaint including names and such steps taken on the day to resolve the issue.

For the rules of the IFAA rounds see the IFAA rulebook HERE
Members of a host club are not eligible for records at ANY Record Status shoot
For any non-standard non Record Status events the hosting club can determine the rules and scoring system

IFAF Standard Big-Game Round

This round has IFAF record status. It will also be the basis of the IFAF Incentive Awards Scheme, i.e. for bronze, silver, gold and star gains. See further down the page for details.
The round, unmarked, will consist of a single unit of 18 targets (shot twice) or two units of 18, using 3Dís or paper faces or a mixture of both OR a 36 target course as catered for on Sheet 2 of the "calculator"

There will be 5 pegs, white with 1, 2, 3, 4 green bands + one plain
If there are 18 targets to be shot twice, there may be two sets of pegs. The pegs with green bands are to be used on the first round. Pegs to be used on the second round will have red bands.
Irrespective of bow style -
Adults (aged 17 or more) shoot from pegs 1,2,3
Juniors (aged 13, 14, 15, or 16) shoot from pegs 2,3,4
Cubs (aged 9, 10, 11 or 12) shoot from pegs 3,4,4
Beavers (aged 8 or less) shoot from pegs 4,5,5


  1. Course inspectors, course layers and the event organiser are the only persons allowed on the course at any time before the event starts.
  2. All arrows must the same in all respects except colour. They must be clearly marked 1, 2, and 3.
  3. Competitors must not make any personal notes of any sort, by whatever means, whilst on the course. Except for sight settings, they must not refer to any personal notes or memoranda containing information to aid their shooting performance. Sight settings must be shown to the rest of the group and must not be altered in any way. Scorers must confine written information to scoring only with the exception of notes concerning lost arrows or other lost items.
  4. A competitor must not welcome nor solicit from any other person information concerning any aspect of the course or courses being shot.
  5. Competitors are welcome to take mobile phones onto the course. They can be used for communicating an emergency situation but at all other times must remain switched off.
  6. It is forbidden to carry or use any device during a competition which is specifically designed for determining distances.
  7. It is forbidden to carry or use binoculars, monoculars, telescopes or other similar devices (except in scope sights) at IFAF shoots.
  8. Any competitor who is disqualified for rule infringement will not appear on the results, records or SBG gains
  9. Archers in the group are to shoot in rotation e.g. 1234,2341 etc. unless otherwise agreed. This does not apply to juniors or cubs.
  10. You must have your leading foot (left for right handed archers and vice versa) within 6 inches of the peg, to the side or behind but not in front.
  11. You shoot up to 3 arrows in number order and from the correct pegs. If an arrow is shot in the wrong order, you must inform the target captain of such before shooting another arrow. An arrow shot from the incorrect peg cannot score.
  12. You may stop shooting when a hit is made but you are not obliged to do so.
  13. You should not pull arrows until scoring is complete.
  14. If you find that you cannot see the whole target at whatever stance or consider the shot to be dangerous in any way e.g. slippery footing, you can, with the consent of the rest of the group, move to a safer place to make the shot, usually to one side.

Double scoring is to be used i.e. 2 scorers per group
Arrow 1: kill 20, wound = 16
Arrow 2: kill = 14, wound = 10
Arrow 3: kill = 8, wound = 4
Heart/lung areas found on some faces will be ignored. Inner and outer kill zone count as one kill zone.
Only the kill area facing the archer at peg 1 can count for scoring. Inner and outer kill zone count as one kill zone. Horns and bases don't score but hoofs may. Any arrows glancing off the target don't count. If an arrow bounces back off the scoring area of a target or passes through a target another extra identifiable arrow may be shot.


No competition may start until the course has been inspected for safety.

The (one) person in charge of the event (the shoot organiser) needs to take note that -

The course inspector needs to take note that -


A calendared event is one which is published on the IFAF website.
Each club may hold up to two calendared shoots per calendar year. This allocation may be varied annually according to circumstances.
Record Status Events are the IFAA Animal Round, marked or unmarked, the IFAA 3D Hunting Round, the IFAA 3D Standard Round, the IFAA International Round, the IFAA Expert Field Round and the IFAF Standard Big Game.
In addition to their two calendared events any club may also host a shoot to replace a cancellation. This will usually be on a "first come first served" basis. If more than one club wishes to take that date it will be awarded to the club nearest to the one which cancelled.
The secretary must be notified of a cancellation as soon as possible.
two Record Status IFAA rounds for the purpose of IFAA Classification which must be Hunter or Field Rounds. Such events to be inserted into the calendar not before the end of February on a date not occupied by any other calendared event.
Any club may host any Record Status IFAA Indoor rounds.
All calendared events must be nationally advertised and any records or awards recorded.
A club may hold additional non-calendared non-Record Status events at any time they so wish.
For the rules of the IFAA rounds see the IFAA rulebook HERE
All calendared shoots of whatever type must be inspected, and an inspection sheet submitted to the safety officer within three days of the event.


These enable members to assess their archery skills and give an incentive for them to improve. It is similar to the IFAA Classification system but tailored to our domestic circumstances.
Gains can be made only on the IFAF Standard Big Game round (SBG)
If any SBG rules are modified, it will not affect any Gains or Records already won
There are 4 levels of Award - Bronze Arrow, Silver Arrow and Gold Arrow, and the IFAF Star, each represented by a modest pin badge, as illustrated. At a SBG shoot, you will be going for a Gain. You need 2 Gains for any of the Arrows, i.e. you need to pass the qualifying score twice to win an arrow
Gains are decided by your score of the day. The score you need to get a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Star gain in your particular style are shown below.

You can change styles from one event to another but a Rating Arrow is obtained from the 2 needed Gains in the same style. At any SBG you can shoot for a gain in any recognised style.
Where you enter the Ratings is dependent on your current skills. Some competitors may start with a Silver or even Gold Gains. Most archers should be able to attain a Bronze.
You can only ever get one Bronze or Silver Arrow for any shooting style. You can win a maximum of three Gold Arrows. On qualifying for a fourth Gold Arrow you will be designated as an "IFAF HOTSHOT", entitled to wear the Hotshot patch.

To view the latest Gains Chart click here

Time Limit. Arrows are given for shoots within any calendar year, i.e. all "unused" Gains (except Gold) are cancelled at the end of the year.

IMPORTANT This scheme is NOT designed to bring archers up to any recognised international standard. IFAF will be willing to assist in this matter if and when the occasion arises.