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How high up should the target be for archery?

Updated April 17, 2017

While archery dates back at least 2,000 years, no firmly established rules exist on factors such as the correct placement of targets. Professional organisations such as the International Field Archery Association advise that each professional archery event have its own rules and guidelines. Another factor centres on whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors. If you attend a professional event, check the official event rules.

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Professional rules

While archery dates back at least 2,000 years, no firmly established rules exist on factors such as the correct placement of targets. Professional organisations such as the International Field Archery Association advise that each professional archery event have its own rules and guidelines. Another factor centres on whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors. If you attend a professional event, check the official event rules.

Casual archery

No widely accepted guideline exists for the placement of targets for casual archers. However, manufacturers recommend placing targets at about a 15 degree angle with the centre of the target located 1.2 m (48 inches) off the ground.

Bottom line

Despite the lack of an industry consensus for the placement of archery targets, the 1.2 m (48 inch) height is the most commonly used height. In the end, it all depends on whether you shoot at a professional event or simply practice in your back garden for fun.

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About the Author

Stephanie Ellis has been a journalist since 1987. She began her career working at a small-town newspaper, but in the years since she has been published in outlets from "The Chicago Tribune" to CNN.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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