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Chapter I

The difference between the, proper method of shooting at short, that is, point blanc range, and that of shooting at the great distances used in the Stork Round, is radical. One may be a crack shot al forty yards and under, and yet find himself unable to hit the target once out of twenty shots at one hundred or even eighty yards. To the close observer the reason of this is plain.

First, in practicing at the shore range the archer naturally draws higher, with his right hand near his ear, whilst at the long range he lowers that hand to the level of his chin, or rather below, and elevates his left so as to give the arrow the proper pitch for the high flight necessary to make it reach the target.

Secondly, short range shooting gives a line of sight directly along the whole length of the arrow, whilst long range shooting, if the archer keeps a graceful position, compels a line of sight, or aim, forming an acute angle with the direction of the shaft. This gives rise to the one great difficulty in the longest range of the York Round, viz: keeping a length, or keeping the proper elevation to each shot. The archer will find that long after he has " mastered the line" so that at almost every loose he casts his arrow in the vertical plane of the target's centre, he will rarely hit the mark, his shafts all falling short or flying far over the top of the target. This is not the case in point blanc shooting, where most of his shots will be either in the gold or on a horizontal plane with it, the difficulty being in keeping a line and not in keeping the proper elevation.

Thirdly, the point blanc range is very little affected by the weather,the allowance for drift being extremely slight. The long ranges, on the contrary necessitate particular attention to the wind. The closest study of all these points is of the highest importance to the archer training in the York Round with a view to shooting at the Wand National Association meetings, as the slightest departure from the strictest form of "standing," "nocking", "aiming," "allowing for drift" and "loosing" will be sure to materially lessen his score.

In the following chapters we have adopted no man's theory, as a theory. We have studied the York Round on the range with bow in hand, making our notes of results from practical experience. The methods we describe and recommend are those we have found to stand the test of repeated careful trial under the conditions of out-door shooting. Many of them have been practiced by the best archers of England, while some are our own discoveries.

We do not treat of the general theory and practice of archery in this work, nor do we even touch upon hunting game with the bow and arrows. For a complete "school of archery" in everything excepting practice for the "Grand National Meetings," the archer and general reader is referred to "The Witchery of Archery", by Maurice Thompson, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, 743 Broadway, New York.

The following pages are for the advanced bowman and bow-woman who, feeling their power, are making ready for the highest achievements in the most difficult field of archery, the York Round and the Columbia and National Rounds.

Whatever is directed in this work to be done in shooting the York Round is applicable also to the Columbia and National Rounds for ladies. The practice is identical, the difference in the distances to be shot having no effect on the method, since ladies use much lighter weapons than gentlemen do.

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