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clout-shoot-FAQ - 12/4/96

FAQ: Clout Shooting

NOTE: See also the files: archery-books-msg, C-A-handbook-art, arrows-msg,
crossbows-msg, arrow-making-FAQ, arch-hist-FAQ, clout-shoot-FAQ.


This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that
I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some
messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.

This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium.
These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org

I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with
seperate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes
extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were
removed to save space and remove clutter.

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Thank you,
Mark S. Harris AKA: Lord Stefan li Rous
mark.s.harris@motorola.com stefan@florilegium.org

Subject: FAQ: Clout Shooting
Summary: This posting contains the alt.archery FAQ section containing
information on the contest or game of archery called clout.
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 10 January 1995

This is a section of the FAQ for alt.archery. It is maintained by me at
the following e-mail address: bblohm@hpbs1686.boi.hp.com

Comments, flames, etc. on the FAQ are welcome and should be directed to
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Bill Blohm


Bob Stevenson (reefer@cix.compulink.co.uk)
Chris West (CKW101@psuvm.psu.edu)


Courtesy of Bob Stevenson (reefer@cix.compulink.co.uk):



Clout Targets shall be arranged in pairs, facing each other, at ranges of
one hundred and eighty (9 score) yards for Gentlemen, and one hundred and
twenty (6 score) yards for Ladies

If more than one pair of Targets is laid, the clouts shall be no less
then 12 (twelve) yards apart when at the same range; or if at different
ranges, the "lines" between the edges of each pair of clouts shall be
not less then 50 (fifty) yards apart.

The Clout Targets shall be 30" (thirty inches) in diameter, white with a
4" (four inch) diameter black spot at the centre. It shall be supported
on the ground stand , so that it is inclined at an angle of some 45
(forty five) degrees to the ground, resting on it at its lowest point.

Successive circles shall be marked or indicated on the ground, at radii
of 18" (eighteen inches) and 36" (thirty six inch) intervals unto a
maximum of 4 yds. (four yards). The outermost edge of each circle thus drawn
shall mark the commencement of the higher scoring zone and the pile of
the arrow entering that circle shall be deemed to have scored the higher

Scoring shall be thus; a hit or touch of the clout (the arrow remaining
in contact) = 6 (six). In the innermost ground zone and it's circle = 5
(five). Thereafter for each successive zone 4,3,2, and 1 for the outer
most zone.

Archers shall stand in a line across the target area, level with the
clout. If numbers are too great for all to stand in one line, two parties
may be formed, shooting alternately from one end, the opposing target
area being clear of Archers.


The Round to be shoot shall be the Double Clout Round, that is two rounds
in sequence, each of 12 (twelve) ends of 3 (three) arrows.


At Long Bow Society Meetings, the precedence of Awards shall be;

1st - to the Archer who secured the highest Score for the aggregate of
the Double Round.

2nd - to the Archer who secured the highest Score for the First Round.

3rd - to the Archer who secured the highest Score for the Second Round.


In the event of a tie, the Award shall go to the Archer who hit most
frequently within the target. If there still be a tie, then to the Archer
who most frequently hit the clout. If the matter is still not resolved,
then they both shall shoot again, until one Archer achieves the better
scoring shot, equal number of shoots being made by both.


One-way shooting, shooting six arrow ends

The clout maybe replaced by a 12" (twelve inch) square flag set as close
to the ground as practicable to the ground level on a smooth vertical
stick. The stick not projecting above the flag.
Scores shall be determined according to the distance of the arrows from
the flag stick.
Within a radii of 18 inches - 5 points
3 feet - 4 points
6 feet - 3 points
9 feet - 2 points
12 feet - 1 point
Arrows which have hit and remain embedded in the Clout shall score 5
provided they are not embedded in a lower scoring ring where upon they
score according to the ring in which they are embedded.
Where it is not practical to draw lines on the ground , scores shall be
determined with a non-stretch cord or tape looped round the centre stick
and clearly marked to measure the various radii.
The Scorer shall carry the taut cord round at ground level and one
assistant at each "colour" shall withdraw and carry all the arrows from
the "colour" for which he is responsible. An arrow lying loose on the
ground shall be scored in accordance with the position of it's point.

Arrows shall then be placed in distinct groups on or stuck into the
ground at the appropriate section of the scoring cord and competitors
will call their scores in the usual manner, picking up their arrows as
they do so.

A Clout round consists of 36 arrows.
Gentlemen - 9 score yards
Ladies - 7 score yards
Junior Gentlemen
Under 18 years - 7 score yards
Under 16 years - 6 score yards
Under 14 years - 5 score yards
Under 12 years - 4 score yards
Junior Ladies
Under 18 years - 6 score yards
Under 16 years - 5 score yards
Under 13 years - 4 score yards


Courtesy of Chris West (CKW101@psuvm.psu.edu)

This is an alternate form of the clout, as used by the Society for Creative

First, some history. The clout is, essentially, the job of raining fire
down on the enemy, either on the battlefield or in a castle. The clout as
shot in the SCA is of the latter type.

The set-up is as follows: the target is centered 100 yards from the firing
line. The target consists of a circle of hay bales 30 feet in diameter, two
layers solid (like bricklaying) and a third representing crenellations
(leave out every other bale). Leave a space on each side to enter and exit
the target.

This target represents the top of a castle tower. Any arrow falling within
the circle of bales, on top of the front wall, or striking the inside of the
back wall scores one (1) point.

There are three cardboard cutout representations of soldiers, one in the
center of the circle, and two about 4 yards outside of the circle, not
exactly at 100 yards from the line (one is farther, one closer by unknown
amounts, but roughly 5 yards). Any arrow striking the man in the tower
scores 2 points, and the outside men score 3 points per hit (sucker
shot!!!). The cutouts will also have weapons and shields, arrows striking
here will score 0 (outside) and 1 (inside man).

Each archer shoots 6 arrows, no more, untimed.

Each "man" in the target also holds a pennon for windage. Spotting is not

The overall scoring of this is, as we shoot it: persons shooting for a
particular alliance (it's WAR, OK?) have their points scored for that
alliance, and the aggregate score for everyone on each side determines the
overall winner.

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