Bare Bow

Below are details of the Bare Bow style used in Field Archery as determined by the NFAS.

Though the example image is a take down recurve the bare bow class includes many different styles of bow.

field archery bare bow




A bow of any draw-weight, but not a compound bow, may be used.

No sight of any description can be used.

The bowstring 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).

Brush buttons and silencers are permitted but no other knots or attachments (in addition to the
sting serving) that could be used for sighting or location purposes are allowed.

One anchor point must be maintained throughout the shoot and the index finger must touch
the nock at full draw. No face or string walking is allowed. No draw-checks of any kind are

A single stabiliser of any length is permitted.

Any arrow rest used cannot have an over-draw of more than 5cm (2 inches) behind the throat
of the hand-grip. This is measured along the length of a nocked arrow from the point where
the arrow touches the rest to the point vertically above the throat of the hand-grip.

No form of release aid is permitted.

No deliberate marks can be added to the bow that can be used for aiming.

No archer may refer to any memoranda which could in any manner be a means of improving
his/her score.