HDH – IAA Hunting Archery Book of Rules 2012

Tournament rules for  bow hunting competitions

The aim of bow hunting competitions is that the competitors take part in competitions that are dynamic and imitating realistic hunting situations as much as possible.

Categories

All together there are 6 categories. 4 basic for the different bows and two combined categories from the 4 basic ones. No age groups or genders are considered as separate category.

Recurve Hunter (RH)

Men: Any type of recurve bow with a minimum 50 pounds of draw weight, any type of arrow shaft. Screw in type of points only.

Ladies: Any type of recurve bow with a minimum 40 pounds of draw weight, any type of arrow shaft. Screw in type of points only.

Compound Hunter (CH)

Men: Any type of compound bow with a minimum 50 pounds of draw weight, any type of arrow shaft. Screw in type of points only.

Ladies: Any type of compound bow with a minimum 40 pounds of draw weight, any type of arrow shaft. Screw in type of points only.

Crossbow Hunter (CRBH)

Men: Any type of crossbow  that is available in commercial trade. Screw in type of points only.

Ladies: Any type of crossbow that is available in commercial trade. Screw in type of points only.

Traditional Hunter (TRH)

Any traditional (no window) type bow

Men: minimum 50 pounds of draw weight, wood or any type of arrow shaft with screw in type of points.

Ladies: minimum 40 pounds of draw weight, wood or any type of arrow shaft with screw in type of points.

Mixed Hunter (MIXH)

Use of compound bow or crossbow at targets of type A and B and use of recurve bow or traditional bow at targets of type C. The rules for the bows used are described as above.

Master Hunter (MH)

Targets of type A  are shot by compound bow or crossbow, targets of type B are shot by traditional bow  and targets of type C are shot by recurve bow. The rules for the bows used are described as above.

Targets

A./ One third of the targets shall be 3D animal targets placed from 5 m to 40 m at measured distances imitating the circumstances of ambush hunting.

B./ One third of the targets shall be 3D animal targets which are of  groups of different species by shooting positions and varying by age as well as by breed and are placed from 5 m to 40 m at unmeasured distances. It is competitors’ choice what animal target will be shot at. In the target groups there are one or more shoot able targets, but among the targets there can be placed such animals which must not be shot at as per the law of hunting effective in the date of the actual competition. The hit of such animal is penalized by minus 10 points.

C./ One third of the targets shall be 3D or 2D animal targets which can be of moveable or pop-up ones. Among the moving targets there shall be at least one target that imitates flying and one target that imitates the moving of a running game and the shooting directions are determined thereof. The targets shall be placed from 5 m to 30 m at unmeasured distances. In case of moving targets ( e.g. a target that imitates a running game ) it can occur that the starting point of the target and the end point of its path are at different distances. (e.g. in case of a target that moves away it can occur that its starting point is at 15 m and its end point where it is still shoot able is at 25m )

Scoring

Vital zones (the largest ring) and wound zones are indicated in the target animals.

Vital zone is scored at 10 points wound zone is scored at -5 points.

A hit is arrow in the vital area or touching the line surrounding it. Scoring is done by the group. In case of equal votes the higher score is valid.

Two arrows can be shot at target A and target B. If the first shot hits the killing or the wound zone it is scored at the correspondent point. Second arrow can only be shot if the first one was a miss, that is no arrow hit either in the wound zone or in the killing zone. The second shot shall be scored at 5 if the arrow hits the killing zone, and -5 if the arrow hits the wound zone.

One arrow by targets and by shooting places can be shot at target C.

Conducting the competition

The competition shall consist of an elimination round and of a final round.

Elimination Rounds

The competitors shall shoot from the same distance in all categories. The arrows shall be shot from a stake or from an object numbered by shooting places. If shooting from a stake any part of the competitor’s body shall touch it.

Final Rounds

The first 12 competitors or the field completed with the competitor having the same points as the one ranked 12nd shall shoot the final round.

In the final round the CH and the CRBH shall shoot from the red stake. The rest shall shoot from the blue stake placed nearer. The arrows shall be shot from unmeasured distances at targets of type A limiting that the arrows hitting the killing zone can only be scored. In case of a miss or a wound the competitor becomes immediately eliminated.

The targets shall be placed farther by rounds by 10 meters or less, up to not more than 40 meters . The first round shall be started from 10 meters. If no winner can be announced after having shot the distance of 40 meters the final round shall continue at this distance until the competitors are hitting the target.

In case of such competitions where the competitors are rewarded with prize-money, in the final round they shall shoot from 20m to 40m of unmeasured distances at a metal silhouette of a big game having a 150mm diameter of killing zone. In case of identical number of hits the competitors shall continue shooting from varying distances till hitting the killing zone.

The final order of the competition shall be defined as a reversed numbering of the elimination order.

Awards

Awarding by categories is the following:

  • Up to 5 participants / category a certificate shall be awarded to the competitors ranked with the first three places
  • From 6 to 10 participants / category a certificate and a medal shall be awarded to the competitors ranked with the first three places
  • 11 participants or more / category a certificate and a medal shall be awarded to the competitors ranked with the first three places and a cup or trophy shall be awarded to the competitor ranked with the first place.

In prize-money competitions the organizer shall decide upon the apportionment of the prize-money among the placed competitors and categories. Before the competition the competitors shall be informed by the organizer about it.