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    How do other clubs arrange shooting time?

    Our cub shoots everyone together at the line from 20yrds to 100yrds. the twenty yarders will fire off 6 arrows in about 30 seconds and then everyone has to wait for the advanced ones to finish. There is then of course the arrow finding, could be ten mins per end at times. Translate that into a 2hr evening club shoot and you'll be able to shoot what everyone else does. just joined the club, be interested to know how other clubs arrange the shooting?

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    After a number of people moaning, our club instigated a code of practise for searching for lost arrows. That includes a max 5 minutes between ends searching, searches must start immediately on arrival at the target with a metal detector (get someone else to score and pull your arrows), leave metal detectors near the targets as a MD on the shooting line is no good to anyone, and other bits like that that just keep the delays to a minimum.
    Having the rules overrides people's reluctance to call of searches and empowers them to say "ok, lets leave this for now and look again next end, or after shooting"
    So far it seems to be going well.

    As for some archers shhoting 6 arrows quicker than others, or having a longer walk to collect, thats just life

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    Having a decently wide enough field, we have 3 distinct shooting areas, each with a specified distance range which can be shot in that area. 22yds segregation between each area allows them to shoot independently.

    Everyone arrows has to be found before the end of the session, but everyone at the club is briefed that if the search is taking too long after each end, to call and shoot the next end. They are there to shoot after all, not spend the evening looking for each others arrows.
    Thankfully, most people are at a level where they tend to be competent at the distance they choose to shoot, and then progressing to the further distance once they feel very comfortable (talking like red and in, for recurves/compounds).

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    Get a metal detector. Learn how to use it. Give it 3 minutes max to look for lost arrows, if not search again next time.
    "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." Douglas Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleatorian View Post
    Having a decently wide enough field, we have 3 distinct shooting areas, each with a specified distance range which can be shot in that area. 22yds segregation between each area allows them to shoot independently.

    Everyone arrows has to be found before the end of the session, but everyone at the club is briefed that if the search is taking too long after each end, to call and shoot the next end. They are there to shoot after all, not spend the evening looking for each others arrows.
    Thankfully, most people are at a level where they tend to be competent at the distance they choose to shoot, and then progressing to the further distance once they feel very comfortable (talking like red and in, for recurves/compounds).
    Bearing in mind of course that the 22 yard gap between ranges has to be a dedicated "no mans land" and should be roped off according to AGB

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    We shoot on a rugby/cricket pitch so all arrows must be found. Thus we've taken the decision to have one line, those on shorter distances don't head back and wait around the shooting line, they get their arrows and then continue up the field to help if anyone else has missed one. We do on occasion have need to call "next end" and continue the search later, but with enough people looking those are few and far between.

    The only exception to this is when we have a beginners course, in which case we run two lines (with a DMZ) with separate field captains. Personally I've never liked this setup because it feels wrong to be on the field when the whistle is blown for the other line but that's a personal thing.

    I can't even begin to think of the problems that regular multiple lines would cause. Would come people try to avoid the longbows so they dont have to search? Would it be separated by distance which would have the effect of splitting the club into cliques?

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