Combat archery is used in conjunction with field combat in battle situations.
This requires restrictions on power or poundage of the recurve bow, and arrows
of a safe design to hit men in armor. Trebuchets, ballistas, and catapults
are included in this class.
Here are pictures of ballistas.
Target archery is used for battle points in many of the "wars", as
well as for fun by the participants. Archery shoots can be as simple as lining
up and shooting at a target with the highest score being the winner, to various
novelty shoots. A very short list of novelties includes storming the castle,
defending the castle, tower shoots, War of the Roses, duck-goose!, friend-foe,
berserker, York, modified York. The archery link below can bring you to links
with these and other shoots listed in greater detail.
These are pictures from the White Stag competition held by the Company
of the Ironwolf. Sir Osric Eisenwulf, Knight of the SCA and head of the
Company of the Ironwolf, is in the first picture on the right side of the
picture giving instruction to the archers on the rules of the tournament. Bryn
Archer is in white (having just fired her shot) in the second picture with the
ultimate winner of the competition in the foreground - George (ready to release
his shot), and Lady Seadhli is in the fourth (ready to fire). For more on
Archery in the Middle Kingdom, go to http://www.midrealm.org/marshal/archery.