T.A.S. TRADITIONAL RULES 2020
v2.4


I. T.A.S. Membership
An archer does not have to be a TAS member to shoot in the TAS Traditional
Bowhunter Regional Championship or Traditional Bowhunter World
Championship.


II. Awards, Purses, and Entry Fees
A. Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place will be given in Adult, Youth, and Cub
classes at all TAS sanctioned events.
B. Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place will be given in Senior Classes (60+) if 5 or
more seniors register for that class.


III. TARGETS AND SCORING AREAS
A. Targets
1. At all TAS-sanctioned shooting events, targets shall consist of 2-D silhouette or
    3-D type animal targets having official TAS scoring areas.
2. Host clubs may mix the size of the animals so long as the targets have official TAS scoring areas
3. Targets shall be set at unmarked distances.

 

Classes will shoot the following stakes:
a. Blue Stake: Cub - Male and Female
b. White Stake: Youth - Male and Female
c. Red Stake: Adult - Male and Female
4. 3-D Animals will be set in a natural setting.
5. Care shall be taken when setting targets not to over rotate or excessively lean the
targets to ensure that the entire vital area can be seen and safely shot.


B. Maximum Distances
1. Adult/Senior 35 yards

2. Youth 18 yards
3. Cubs 12 yards 

C. Scoring Areas: For all TAS-sanctioned shooting events, the targets shall
have scoring areas as follows:


1. A 12 ring consisting of a small circle inside the vital area.

2. A 10 ring consisting of a large circle inside the vital area.3. A vital area (8-ring) that roughly approximates the heart, lung, and liver area of
the appropriate animal.
4. The remainder of the animal shall be considered a "body" except as set out in
Paragraph 5 below.
5. An arrow embedded in the horn of an animal, not touching body color, is
considered a miss and is scored as a zero. Targets with legs or hooves of a different
color than the main body will still be considered as body color for scoring.
6. Some targets have material surrounding the actual outline of a target animal.
This additional material will NOT be counted for score.


IV. SHOOTING RULES AND ETIQUETTE
A. Shooting Etiquette
1. Shooting groups shall not consist solely of friends and relatives (3 to 5 shooters).
Such groups shall be "busted" by including at least one outsider who will keep
score, whenever possible. A group of friends and or relatives must be aware that
good sportsmanship requires an additional competitor/scorekeeper be added to
their group. The archers in a group of friends and or relatives are required to make
range officials aware of this situation. Failing to do so is unsportsmanlike conduct.


2. Shooting More Than One Class

1.Archers can shoot in one longbow class and one recurve class for an additional
fee but can only compete in one class.
For Example:
Longbow and Recurve Longbow and Open Class Selfbow and Recurve
Selfbow and Open Class Modern Longbow and Recurve Modern Longbow and
Recurve 


3. In a group that contains archers shooting from different stakes, the archers
shooting from the farther stakes must shoot first. No archer (or spectator) shall
approach a target prior to the entire group shooting. 

4. When shooting, the archer must touch the appropriate stake with some part of
his or her body. At times, stakes are set to challenge the archer with various
shooting positions. Alterations to the ground around the shooting stake, using any
tools or leveling aids, natural or otherwise, is not permitted. After shooting, the
shooter should immediately clear the stake for the next shooter. Using binoculars
from the shooting stake after the shot is prohibited.


5. There shall be no discussion of yardage until all arrows have been scored.
Discussion of yardage is permitted only among archers who have shot the subject
target and must be done in a manner to ensure that other archers who have yet to
shoot the target will not be assisted.


6. Safety: leave a bow at the stake when scoring.
 

B. Scoring
1. Scorecards
a. At all TAS-sanctioned shooting events, two score cards must be completed for
each archer. Scorecards must have the archer’s name, scorekeeper's name.
b. Scorecards must be split between two scorekeepers so that each scorekeeper has
one card for each archer. Both scorekeepers must agree on a score, compare and
punch or mark the scorecards before the arrows are pulled from the target.
c. Arrows pulled early will receive a zero. Repeated violations of this rule will
result in the offending archer being disqualified.
d. If the two scorekeepers for a group mistakenly record different scores, the
inconsistent scores must be corrected as agreed upon by the majority of the group.
The error must be circled and initialed by both scorekeepers and the correct score
punched or otherwise clearly marked. If agreed by the majority of the group is
not possible, the shooter will receive the lower of the two scores.
e. Scorecards must be legible, complete, and signed by the archer to be accepted.
No scorecard may be changed by a competitor or scorekeeper after submitting it to
a range official.
f. Scorecards will be collected at the end of each course. Each group’s scorecards
must be turned in together by the entire group. 
g. Archers shall be responsible for their own scorecards. It is up to each archer to
ensure that his or her scorecard meets the above requirements. Duplicate cards will
not be issued to replace lost or damaged cards, except in unusual circumstances
approved by the host and or TAS tournament officials in their sole discretion.
h. Host clubs shall keep scorecards for one year following an TAS-sanctioned
shooting event.
I. Any attempt by an archer to knowingly falsify a score, or knowingly allow
another to falsify his or her score, shall result in a disqualification of that archer for
that shooting event, and that archer shall be ineligible to participate in a TASsanctioned shooting event for a one (1)-year period. A suspended competitor may
petition the TAS for reinstatement.
j. The TAS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct harmless errors
including but not limited to, score tabulation, lack of initials or signature, posting,
etc., which in the opinion of the TAS are clearly not a result of an attempted
inflation of the archer’s score.
k. Championship shoot-off, Ultimate Bowhunter, and Team Event will have a
scorekeeper assigned to each stake. The scorekeeper will walk up to the target with
the shooter. The shooter and scorekeeper must agree on a score, compare and
punch or mark the scorecards before the arrows are pulled from the target. The
scorekeeper will return to their assigned stake, and the shooter will move on to the
next stake.


2. Scoring Arrows
a. Scores will be tabulated as follows:
I. 12 points: 12 ring or heart
II. 10 points: 10 ring or smaller vital
III. 8 points: 8 ring or larger vital

IV. 5 points: body outside the largest scoring ring

V. 0 points: Miss or arrow not touching body-color


b. If more than one scoring area is visible on a target, the host organization of any
TAS sanctioned event shall note which area shall be used at the shooting stake. In
the event that such a target is not posted, either scoring area can be used.
c. An arrow touching the line of a greater scoring area shall be given the higher
score. 

d. Arrows must stick in the target in order to receive a score other than a zero with
the exception of a pass-through, robinhood, or bounce-back as set out in
Paragraphs (e) (f), and (g) below.
e. An arrow that passes through a target may be scored if witnessed and agreed
upon by the majority of archers in the group. A pass-through is an arrow passing
completely through the target with material 360 degrees around the arrow, leaving
a separate entrance and exit hole. If the pass-through was witnessed by a member
of the group other than the shooter, and the group cannot agree, the archer may reshoot the target before the group advances to score the target.
f. All whole arrows, or partial arrows that are sticking in the target shall be scored
where they penetrate the target. An arrow embedded into the nock end of an arrow
embedded in the target shall be scored the same as the arrow embedded into the
target. An arrow that hits another arrow—with the arrow being struck showing
visible damage—that does not stick in the target shall be given the score of the
arrow that was struck. The majority of the group must agree that 1) a particular
arrow was struck, and 2) that striking the arrow prevented the arrow from sticking
in the target, or the arrow shall be scored as a miss.
g. A bounce-back is an arrow that squarely strikes the target and bounces back
toward the shooter. An arrow that glances off the target is not considered a bounceback. A bounceback may be scored if the score can be agreed upon by the majority
of archers in the group. If a member of the group other than the archer witnesses
the bounce-back and the group cannot agree, the archer may re-shoot the target
before the group advances to score the target. When scoring Cubs, it is advisable to
have one archer observe the target with binoculars as the young archer shoots. This
will enable more accurate scoring for a bounceback.
h. An arrow released or dropped accidentally will be scored a zero unless the
archer is able to retrieve it while touching the stake
I. Any arrow intentionally shot into the ground or any object other than the target
shall be considered an act of unsportsmanlike conduct and the arrow scored a zero.

 

C. Rangefinders and Binoculars
1. Rangefinders are not allowed.
2. Hand-held binoculars are allowed without magnification limitations.

Binoculars with reticles are considered rangefinders. 

D. Equipment Failures and Leaving the Course
1. Once an archer begins a shooting course, he or she must finish with his or her
group unless given permission to leave by a range official, or in the event of
equipment failure his or her shooting group. Any archer or group that leaves a
range without the authorization of a range official will not be allowed to continue.
2. When possible, in the case of inclement weather, a siren or other warning system
shall be implemented, indicating that a potential emergency exists, and all shooting
and practice ranges are immediately closed. When this warning has been sounded,
all shooting activity must cease, and everyone should seek appropriate shelter.
Archers shall use the utmost caution to ensure the safety of all persons involved.
Archers may only resume shooting activity after being instructed by the TAS, the
host organization, or other range officials on the proper manner to re-enter the
competition ranges once the emergency has passed and the ranges have been reopened. Due to the severe risk to one’s self or other shooters and/or range
personnel in a potential emergency situation, any attempt to circumvent these
safety warnings and continue shooting will be viewed as unsportsmanlike conduct
and will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
3. Once an archer begins a shooting course, he or she may not exchange equipment
unless there is an equipment failure as set out below.
4. Equipment failures must be visible and agreed upon by the majority of the
group. The procedure for dealing with equipment failures shall be as follows:
a. The scorekeepers for the group shall write "equipment failure" on the scorecard
of the archer with the equipment failure and initial the scorecard.
b. The scorekeepers will tabulate the archer’s score to that point and initial the
cards appropriately.
c. The archer with the equipment failure shall then cautiously proceed forward
through the course and immediately notify a range official.
d. If three or more archers remain in the group, they may continue shooting. If two
or fewer remain, they must join the following group (so long as it does not result in a group of six or more) or step aside and wait for range official before proceeding.
If range officials are not readily available, then the group should proceed through
the range to the check station.

e. The archer will be given a time by a range official within which the repair must
be completed.
f. A range official will hold the archer’s scorecards until the repair is completed
and the archer is escorted back onto the course by a range official.
g. Any archer leaving the range without following the guidelines as set out in
section (D) of this rule may be disqualified.
E. Tie Scores, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, and Misc.
1. The number of 10s scored will be used to break ties. The archer with the most
10s will be the winner. However, if two or more archers still finish with identical
scores, the host club may declare a shoot-off. A shoot-off will consist of a 3-D
animal set at an unknown distance, within the limits of the relevant class, and an
"X" shall be placed in the center of the highest-scoring area. The archer whose
arrow is the closest to the "X" will be declared the winner. If only one archer is
present at the shoot-off, he or she will be declared the winner.
2. No alcoholic beverages may be carried or consumed on any shooting course,
range, or practice area by anyone during shooting hours. If in the opinion of a
range official, an archer who is under the influence of alcohol attempts to enter a
course, range, or practice area, the archer will not be allowed to shoot and will be
suspended from that competition.
Repeated violations may result in a revocation of TAS membership and a ban from
all TAS-sanctioned competitions.
3. Spectators shall not distract, interfere with, or assist archers while on the
shooting course or range.
4. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Any action considered
unsportsmanlike by the host club or the TAS will be grounds for disqualification
and/or suspension from membership. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct
include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. Communicating to another archer the yardage of a particular target that the other
archer has not yet shot. 
b. Using a cell phone on the shooting range. Cell phones are only to be used when
the group decides there is an emergency requiring such use. Upon entering a range,
all cell phones are to be switched off.
c. Disobeying or disregarding the orders of a range official or shoot official. d.
Umbrellas cannot be held for an archer while shooting.


V. Regional and World Championship Tournament Format
 

A. 40 Targets Qualifying Round
1.Qualifying round consists of 40 targets at the Trad Bowhunter World
Championship and 20 to 40 at a regional championship.
2. Archers will be sent out in groups at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.
3. Archers will be sent out in groups of 3 to 5 archers. At least 1 Archer must be an
outsider and scorekeeper.
4. All archers must shoot the qualifying courses before turning in their score card
on the day before the championship round. An exact time to submit your scorecard
will be announced at the shoot.
5. NON COMPETITORS minimum of 2 shooters in a group.

NON COMPETITORS can start shooting immediately after registration.


B. 20 Target World Championship Round
1. Everyone shoots the Championship round!
The Top 10 archers in each class from the qualifying round compete in the championship round.

Archers score starts at “0”.
The Top 3 archers in each class compete in a 6 target shoot-off to determine
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

The 20 Target Championship score is added to the 6
target score. 
3. All 3 shooters will shoot together on the same stake and shooters will rotate
when shooting the 6 target shoot-off. i.e. stake 1 longbow shooters, stake 2 modern
longbow shooters, stake 3 selfbow shooters, etc.
3. There will be six shoot-off targets setup in a field with six shooting stakes.
4. Spectators can watch and cheer for their favorite archer competing in the shoot off.

 

C. 15 to 20 Target Regional or State Championship

1. Everyone shoots the Championship round!

2. The Top 10 archers in each class from the qualifying round compete in the championship round.

Archers score starts at “0”.

VI. Shooting Classes
A. Adult


1. SelfBow (SB)
a. Selfbow – no man-made material can be used on bow except string material and
glue.
No performance enhancing material may back the bow (i.e. Another wood,
bamboo, rawhide or sinew). Only decorative materials such as snake skins may be
used.
The bowstring, when the bow is strung, may only contact the nocks of the bow. No
stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built into
the bow; except a bow quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check or clicker may be used.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may be used to
build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. A hard material may be used on the
shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or leather strip that does not exceed
1/8" thickness.
The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer an advantage in
terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf meets the side of the
riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid that provides
clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – must be wood, bamboo or cane. Fletching material must be natural
feathers. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch. Fletches can
be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight, length and 
fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must be painted
the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string at the same place for each shot. The
index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl, and string walking are not permitted. No sighting
device of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser.


2. Longbow (LB)
a. Longbow – one-piece, or two-piece take-down at all TAS events.
The bowstring, when the bow is strung, may only contact the nocks of the bow. No
stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built into
the bow; except a bow quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check or clicker may be used.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may
be used to build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. A hard material may be
used on the shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or leather strip that does
not exceed 1/8"thickness.
The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer an advantage
in terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf meets the side of
the riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid that provides
clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – must be wood, bamboo or cane. Fletching material must be natural
feathers. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch. Fletches can
be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight, length and
fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must be painted
the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers, archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string in the same place for each shot. The
index finger must touch the nock of the arrow. 
Face walking, fixed crawl, and string walking are not permitted. No sighting
device of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser.


3. Modern Longbow (MLB)
a. Modern Longbow–any design as long as string only touches string grove or bow
tip when strung. 1 piece, 2 piece, and 3 piece longbows are allowed.
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check will be allowed.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may be used to
build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. A hard material may be used on the
shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or leather strip that does not exceed
1/8" thickness. The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer
an advantage in terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf
meets the side of the riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid
that provides clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – an arrow of any material may be used. Natural or artificial fletching
material can be used. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch.
Fletches can be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight,
length and fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must
be painted the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is
permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string in the same place for each shot.
The index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl or string walking are not permitted. No sighting device
of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser only. 

 

4. Recurve (REC)
a. Bow – a recurve or longbow.
Riser must be made of wood, micarta, phenolic, G-10 or combination of the
materials. No Metal Risers.
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check will be allowed.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may be used
to build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. No adjustable style side plate.
A hard material may be used on the shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or
leather strip that does not exceed 1/8" thickness.
The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer an advantage in
terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf meets the side of the
riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid that provides
clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – an arrow of WOOD only. Fletching material must be natural feathers.
All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch. Fletches can be 2” up
to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight, length and fletching.
(If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must be painted the same
color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string at the same place for each shot.
The index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl or string walking are not permitted. No sighting device
of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser. 


5. Modern Recurve (MREC)
a. Bow – a recurve or longbow.
Any riser material.
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check will be allowed.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may be used
to build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser.
A hard material may be used on the shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or
leather strip that does not exceed 1/8" thickness.
The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer an advantage in
terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf meets the side of the
riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid that provides
clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – an arrow of any material may be used. Fletching material must be
natural feathers. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch.
Fletches can be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight,
length and fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must
be painted the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is
permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string at the same place for each shot.
The index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl or string walking are not permitted. No sighting device
of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser. 


6. Open Class (OC)
a. A recurve or longbow
A stabilizer may be used but will not exceed 12" in length in all TAS shoots. There
shall be NO markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
A clicker is allowed but must not be mounted in the sight window of the riser. An
arrow rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window of the bow.
b. Arrow – an arrow of any material may be used. Natural or artificial fletching
material can be used. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch.
Fletches can be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight,
length and fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must
be painted the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is
permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers.
String walking, fixed crawl, and face walking are permitted.
No sighting device of any kind may be used.


7. Hill Style Longbow (HSL)
a. Bow – The string can only touch the string grove of tip. Bow cannot be center
shot. The limbs must be straight. Riser no longer than 16”, Limbs no wider than 1
1⁄4”. 1 or 2 piece Hill style longbow only
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow; except a bow quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check or clicker may be used.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may
be used to build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. A hard material may be
used on the shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or leather strip that does 
not exceed 1/8"thickness.
The shelf may not be built up in a manner that will give the archer an advantage
in terms of feather or vane clearance. The intent is that the shelf meets the side of
the riser (strike plate) so the built-up shelf may not be a pyramid that provides
clearance and separation from the bow riser.
b. Arrow – must be wood, bamboo or cane. Fletching material must be natural
feathers. All arrows must be at least 3 fletch but can be 4, or 6 fletch. Fletches can
be 2” up to 6” in length. Arrows and tips must be identical in weight, length and
fletching. (If color of arrow shaft or tip is altered) the tip and shaft must be painted
the same color from tip to within 4 inches of fletching. (Normal wear is permitted)
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string in the same place for each shot.
The index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl, and string walking are not permitted. No sighting
device of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser only.


8. Senior Classes (SC)
The Senior Trad classes are for archers 60 years of age or older on the day of the
Traditional Regional Bowhunter Championship or the Traditional Bowhunter
World Championship.
A. Senior Longbow - Regional and World Championship Shoot
B. Senior Recurve - Regional and World Championship Shoot
C. Senior Open Class - Regional and World Championship Shoot
D. Senior Modern Longbow – Regional and World Championship Shoot E.
Senior Selfbow - Regional and World Championship
F. Senior Hill Style Longbow - World Championship Shoot Only *Senior
Classes must follow all rules and regulations as adult classes.
*Seniors wanting to compete in the World Championship must pre-register by 1/31of each year. Must have 5 pre-registered senior archers to form a Senior Class. 

9. CUB  

Archers up to 12 years of age at the time of the tournament.
a. Bow- recurve or longbow
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or
accidental) that could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check will be allowed.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow.
b. Arrow – can be of any material, fletch or point type.
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot
and the index finger must contact the string in the same place for each shot. The
index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl or string walking are not permitted. No sighting device
of any kind may be used.
Cub archers will shoot from the Red stake.

 

10. Youth

12 to 17 years of age at the time of the tournament.
a. bow- A recurve or longbow
No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built
into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows.
There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring (intentional or accidental) that
could be construed as sighting marks.
No type of draw check will be allowed.
An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow.
No soft materials that will assist or affect the paradox of the arrow may
be used to build up the shelf or strike plate of the riser. Archers may use a hard
material on the shelf or on the side of the riser under a hair or leather strip that does
not exceed 1/8" thickness.
b. Arrow – can be of any material, fletch or point type.
c. The bow must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a
glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. Archers may use up to two (2) nock locating
devices, but they must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot, and the index finger must contact the string in the same place for each shot. The
index finger must touch the nock of the arrow.
Face walking, fixed crawl or string walking are not permitted.
No sighting device of any kind may be used.
Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser only. Youth archers will
shoot from the White stake. 

VIII. TAS Traditional Bowhunter Worlds Additional Events
Due to dedicated sponsors, the Traditional Bowhunter World Championships
provides a unique opportunity to hold additional contests simultaneous to the Trad
Bowhunter Worlds.


Ultimate Bowhunter Championship Shoot-down
1. All Adult Classes Combined.

2. Men Shoot against Men.
3. Women Shoot against Women.
The Ultimate Bowhunter is a 3D course that is shot and scored like a normal TAS
courses.
Shooters shoot from the same color stakes as with all TAS events. At the discretion
of the host club there may be a few optional bonus targets placed throughout the
course. Shooters will be competing for awards within their respective TAS classes,
but at a predetermined cutoff time scores will be compiled to determine the top 20
male and top 20 female scores irrespective of class. The top archers will then be
grouped for head-to head competition. Grouping will be based on the archers
score. The head-to-head shoot down will be conducted in a location that enables
spectators’ optimal viewing of the shoot. Archers will then shoot five (5) 3D
targets head-to-head. At the end of each round the shooters with the lowest scores
will be eliminated. This process will continue until one archer is determined the
winner. If at the end of five targets two archers are tied, they will shoot an
additional target with the archer shooting an arrow closest to the center of the 10-
ring being determined the winner.


Ultimate Bowhunter shoot-off will have a scorekeeper assigned to each stake. The
scorekeeper will walk up to the target with the shooter. The shooter and
scorekeeper must agree on a score, compare and punch or mark the scorecards
before the arrows are pulled from the target. The scorekeeper will return to their
assigned stake and the shooter will move on to the next stake. 

 

Broadhead World Championship
1. All adult classes can participate.
2. Men shoot against men.
3. Women shoot against women.
The Broadhead World Championship is a 3D course that is shot and scored like a
normal TAS course. Shooters shoot from the same color stakes as with all TAS
events. At the discretion of the host club there may be a few optional bonus targets
placed throughout the course. Shooters will be competing for awards within their
respective TAS classes, but at a predetermined cutoff time scores will be compiled
to determine the top 20 male and top 20 female scores irrespective of class. The
top archers will then be grouped for head-to head competition. Grouping will be
based on the archers score. The head-to-head shoot down will be conducted in a
location that enables spectators’ optimal viewing of the shoot. Archers will then
shoot five (5) 3D targets head-to-head. At the end of each round the shooters with
the lowest scores will be eliminated.
This process will continue until one archer is determined the winner. If at the end
of five targets two archers are tied, they will shoot an additional target with the
archer shooting an arrow closest to the center of the 10-ring being determined the winner. No Mechanical Broadheads allowed. Broadhead shoot-off will have a scorekeeper assigned to each stake. The scorekeeper will walk up to the target with the shooter. The shooter and scorekeeper must agree on a score, compare and punch or mark the scorecards before the arrows are pulled from the target. The scorekeeper will return to their assigned stake, and the shooter will move on to the next stake.

 

Fred Anderson Stump-Shoot World Championship
1. All adult classes can participate.
2. Youth can compete against adults.
The Fred Anderson Stump-Shoot World Championship was named after Fred
Anderson Author, Bowyer, and Bowhunting for his lifetime dedication to the sport
of archery and his passion for stump-shooting.
The object of this event is to shoot a designated spot on a stump target. Archers
qualify by paying one dollar and arrow to shoot. Once the archer hits the
designated spot on the stump, the archer qualifies for the shoot-off. For the shootoff: the distance of the stump will be pushed back, and archers will be called up to
the stake one at a time to shoot a designated spot on the stump target. If an archer’s
arrow hits the intended target on the stump, the archer qualifies for the next round.
The stump can be moved closer or further away from the stake in additional
rounds. Rounds will continue until there's only one archer left. 

 

Team Event

1.All adult classes can participate.

2. Teams will consist of two shooters.

3.Teammates must be selected at registration, and teammates names written on score cards.

4.Each teams’ total score from both qualifying round will be added together for shoot off.

5.The 10 teams with the highest score from the qualifying round will shoot off in the team event.

6.Teams should wear a shirt representing their team.

7.Teams can represent an archery business ie: Black Widow, Sky, Howard Hill, JD Berry Bows, Braveheart Archery, Flatlinebows, Forrester Wood Shafts.

8.Teams can represent a local or state club ie: TBOF, OSTA, TBOT, TBOG, CTAS.

9. Any arrow. Team Event shoot-off will have a scorekeeper assigned to each stake. The scorekeeper will walk up to the target with the shooter. The shooter and scorekeeper must agree on a score, compare and punch or mark the scorecards before the arrows are pulled from the target. The scorekeeper will return to their assigned stake, and the shooter will move on to the next stake.

 

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