Bowhunter League

St Louis Bowhunters Archery Club uses paper animal targets that are placed from 7 to 20 yards in our indoor range. These targets have marked vital zones on each target used for scoring. The deer target shown here is a typical target used in the bowhunter league. Brush is placed around the target to make the shot more of a challenge but not an unrealistic shot.
Deer TargetHunter League Scoring

Scoring in the Bowhunter league is meant to mirror real hunting applications. You are rewarded for the most for the optimal lethal shots. Other lethal shots are also rewarded, but not as much as the optimal shot. You are penalilzed heavily for shots that hit the animal, but aren't lethal (wound shots). Complete misses are also penalized, but not as much as the wound shot.

Here is an example of the scoring as described above. You can see here, the Heart shot is worth 6 points. Lungs or Liver are worth 5 points. A complete miss of the animal, results in a -1 point penalty. A shot that hits the animal, but fails to hit the 'lethal' areas, results in a wounded animal and a -2 point penalty.

Bowhunter League Scoring

An arrow just touching a scoring boundary line, known as a Line Breaker or Line Cutter, is awarded the inside score. In the case of the line around the animal, an arrow touching this line would score a -2, rather than a -1.
  • 6 points for a shot inside or touching the 6 point area.
  • 5 points for a shot outside of the 6 point area, but inside or touching the 5 point line
  • -1 point for a complete miss of the animal (Each animal target has a line that surrounds the animal as a boundry)
  • -2 points for any shot inside the boundry of the animal, and outside of the 5 point zones

18 different paper targets of various types of animals are used each night of the league. Every person places 2 arrow in a target from a designated lane for their target. After each end the arrows are scored and totaled for the night of each league. There are 216 points available (18 targets X 6 pts ea target X 2 arrows per target = 216 points). The distances are unmarked, you learn to estimate the distance to the target. These leagues are good practice for the hunter or youth learning to judge distance.

Just like bowling, a handicap may be figured and used for each team. The number of persons per team will be decided at the beginning of the league.

After a designated number of weeks the team with the highest nightly wins for the league is announced the winner.

Here are some samples of other targets that you might see shooting the hunter league. Sample Targets