In the UK we are having a debate about the wording for the Primitive Archery Class within the National Field Archery Society.
We did have wording we were happy with but a re-write committee changed it giving us the opportunity to change it back!
As I know this is sometimes an issue for Primitive Archery in the US I thought I would post our suggested wording here, also hoping to attract the attention of UK primitive archers. The intention is to write to the NFAS Newsletter shortly with as many UK NFAS Primitive Archers signed up in support to get our rules changed to what we want as soon as possible.
The wording is as follows:
A bow based on a primitive or ancient bow type that has been used by pre-industrial people.
The bow must be constructed of natural materials only, but synthetic glues and finishes may be used.
The bow can be of any draw weight.
Backed bows are permitted as long as the backing is of natural materials.
A wooden bow which fits the NFAS Longbow description may be shot within Primitive if it is selfnocked and is either a self bow or uses a single wooden or natural material backing.
The bow must be free of stabilisers, sights, or other features unless these can be proved to be part of the original ancient or primitive bow design.
No form of arrow rest may be added to the side of the bow. Arrows must be shot off the hand.
The bowstring may be of synthetic or natural material. The string may be of different colours as long as the coloured strands run continuously and evenly throughout the string's length, but the centre serving must be of one colour. One nocking position is permitted (which may be indicated by nocking points both above and below the arrow).
String silencers are permitted but no other knots or attachments (in addition to the string serving) that could be used for sighting or location purposes are allowed.
No additional vibration dampeners are allowed on the handle section or limbs of the bow. Two piece bows using a metal ferrule jointing system at the handle may be used as long as the bow when assembled can be seen to be based on the original.
One anchor point must be maintained throughout the shoot. Any form of hand loose other than three fingers under may be used including Mediterranean, two finger, pinch, thumb ring etc. No mechanical release aids or draw-checks of any kind are permitted.
No deliberate marks can be added to the bow that can be used for aiming.
Arrows shafts must be of wood, bamboo or reed, fletched with natural feather. Nocks must be self nocks or reinforced with natural material. Plastic taper nocks may not be used.
No archer may refer to any memoranda which could in any manner be a means of improving his/her score.