Introduction to Flight Shooting

Juli Adcock loosing a world record.

Flight shooting is one of the oldest archery sports. It's not hard to envision two cavemen with bows betting on who can shoot and arrow the furthest. Hand bows to a couple of 5 year olds and leave them unsupervised for 2 minutes and they’ll be seeing how far they can shoot. That is the essence of flight shooting, to see how far they will go. The NAA and FITA recognize and sanction flight shooting. Many classes are provided so that virtually any type bow will fit into a class. It’s further broken down into peak draw weights within classes, plus men’s, ladies, and youth, intermediate, juniors, and cadet classes.

Alan Case with his creation.

In recent years, only one NAA/FITA STAR Flight Championships is held annually here in the U.S. Typically they occur in early to mid September at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover UT. Anyone interested in giving it a try, to practice you’ll need 300-500 yards of open/safe ground for most longbows and recurves. When you get into bows designed strictly for flight shooting and compounds, you’ll need 1000 or more yards. Many don’t have access to open land so they’ll show up 2 or 3 days before the shoot to practice and tune their equipment.

The tournament is spread over 3 days. Most of the mornings are spent setting up the shooting line and getting equipment weighed and certified by the officials. That morning’s classes will be called to the line and each competitor has the opportunity to shoot a flight of 6 arrows with only the one that flies furthest counting. Arrow will be retrieved and marked, a lunch break leading to another round. All classes are given the opportunity to shoot over the course of 2 days. Only those shooting during the scheduled time slot for the class they are shooting in counts for the competition and for national records. You can shoot at any time the line is open for a “record” round in any class. These will only count toward world records. Each competitor can shoot up to 4 rounds in the first 2 days in any combination of class competition or record rounds. The third day is set aside for broadhead competition in the classes listed open for broadheads in the rules.

Living flight shooting legions, Rulon Hancock, April Moon, Dr. Grayson, and Dan Perry. Dr. Grayson will be 97 this year and still shooting.

What a person gets from flight shooting is a quick education in bow performance and tuning. It helps to have high performing equipment but that alone won’t make you exempt from good form and the very best tuning. The light arrow flight classes will typically be shot with arrows in the 2-5 grains per pound range. This is an excellent proving ground for not only performance but durability as well. In reality we see very few bows fail but it does happen. The people come from all walks of life from around the world and all are dedicated archers and craftsman spurred on by innovation and creativity. Ages will run from 9-10 years to over 90. Leave your mark on history, come join us!

Juli Adcock, Dr. Charles E. Grayson, and Rulon Hancock

Juli Adcock, Dr. Charles E. Grayson, and Rulon Hancock

Jordan Case loosing a broadhead in the youth class.


Record Pages
World Records 2009 National Records 2009  
World Records 2008 National Records 2008 World Broadhead Records 2008
World Records 2007 National Records 2007 World Broadhead Records 2007
General Flight Rules
Standard Recurve Flight Rules
Modern Longbow Flight Rules
Primitive Bow Flight Rules
Compound Bow Regular & Target Flight Rules
Photograph Album
USA Archery Ad-Hoc Committee Chair:
Rulon "Ike" Hancock

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