Ax Throwing Contest Rules

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Ax Throwing Contest Rules
The blade end of an axe is a bit, and throwing axes must be double-bitted (axe image by Gina Smith from

The official rules of axe throwing contests are followed by several associations, including the United States Axemen's Association, the Timber Framers Guild, and the Swedish Axe Throwing Society. The competition includes throwing double-bitted axes at targets to get closest to the bullseye and earn the most points.

Target and Scoring

The targets should be 36 inches in diameter and have five rings, starting with a bullseye in the centre that is 4 inches across. The height of the target should be so that the bullseye is five feet above the ground. The bullseye is worth five points, and each ring is one point less than its closest inner ring until the most outer ring, which is worth one point. Each competitor will receive five throws, plus one practice throw at the beginning for sighting the target. The competitor with the most points at the end of his five throws wins.


The thrower should be standing at the throwing line, which is 20 feet from the target, when throwing his axe at the target. He may not step over the throwing line at any point until the axe has got to or past the target. This is both for official rule purposes as well as safety purposes, since there may be other competitors throwing at targets from the same line. Any throwing technique is allowed, as long as it is not dangerous to other people.

The Axe

The axe that is supposed to be used for an axe throwing competition should weigh 1.13 Kilogram. It also has to be double-bitted, meaning that there is a sharp blade on two edges of the axe rather than just one. The fore-bit is the side of the axe that is facing the target when the axe is released, and this is the only end that will count for points in the competition. If the back-bit even touches the target, you will receive no points for that throw.

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