Bogenturnier / Archery tournament Kleinkahl 2016

Bogenturnier / Archery tournament Kleinkahl 2016


Last weekend, the local shooting club
held an archery tournament. They could have wished for better weather, but the threatening black clouds weren’t going
to be enough to put these people off. Thirty targets were scattered about the forest. Participants were divided into
a number of small groups, and each group was assigned
a different starting point. They then had six hours to tour
all thirty targets in strict rotation. I tagged along with group 1, which started,
appropriately enough, at target 1. The targets were plastic models of animals,
often hidden among the trees. A range of different weapons could be used, from the basic longbow
to modern high-tech affairs; there were even a couple of blowpipes. Each contestant can fire up to
three arrows at each target, scoring points for a hit. The fewer arrows needed
to hit the target, the more points are scored. Extra points are scored for a “kill”, a hit
inside a specific marked area. Wooden pegs hammered into the ground
show where contestants must stand. Red pegs are for those using sights, blue for those without sights, and white for under 18s. The targets are in publicly accessible woodland,
which certainly adds an unpredictable quality. Participants must have
third-party liability insurance, and it’s also their responsibility to ensure that there are no people or live animals
in the firing line. As the day wore on, the clouds thickened, making it even harder to find the targets,
let alone hit them. By the time we reached the refreshment truck
halfway through, it was pouring with rain. Back at the clubhouse it was time to double-check
the scoresheets and hand them in, followed by a much-needed meal. Finally, the awards ceremony, with prizes to the winners and runners-up
in a wide range of categories. It’s a niche sport. Exact numbers are unknown, but there are probably
ten times as many golfers in Germany as archers. Even so, it doesn’t look in danger
of dying out just yet. Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed the video,
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