LABOR DAY, 2013! Southeast of Houston

Mark your calendars, we have a place to shoot (lob) clout.




Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1
Hosted by TSAA
Take Highway 288 south of Houston.  Exactly 4.3 miles south of Highway 6.
You will pass Sterling Lakes on the right and Strouhal Tires on your left.
Look for a radio tower on the left and County Road 64 is across 288 on the right.
Take CR 64 west for 1.7 miles (there is a curve) then go straight. Ignore the DEAD END sign.
Look for large metal building on the left. Enter gate or park alongside the road. Google map to the venue

For the Labor Day Clout event, we will have two clout circles, one at 180 meters for compounds and one clout ring at 165 meters for recurve men. There will be a shooting line 55 meters forward of the 180/165 shooting line for cadet, cub and bowman. We will have two shooting lines and we will alternate. This will minimize the need for four clout circles and provide assistance for newbies. We will shoot first from the longer distances shooting line and then move forward for the cadet/cub and bowman line. We will then score and collect our arrows, then move to the 55 meter line and let the cadet/cub and bowman shoot. Then we move back to the 180/165 shooting line and alternated back and forth. If it sound complicated, I will explain everything at the event. Do not worry, it is simpler than it sounds.

Bring your own shade if you want and your own drinks. I will have five-gallon water barrel and cups plus a container of Power-Ade if you want to mix your own electrolyte. Information on places to eat at the break is provided on the TSAA WEBSITE. Any questions, please direct them to me and if you plan to attend, please let me know ahead of time. I will provide score cards. The $10 entry fee will pay for the porta potty. There are no other facilities.

The attached photos show Cameron's group and a direct hit from 180 yards BAREBOW style.

Shooting Distances:

Fee is $10 per day. Practice starts at 9:00 am and a seminar is available free of charge to beginners. Scoring starts around noon or one. Tournament Director is Rick Stonebraker. 4-time National Clout champion and former record holder.

 A water and Powerade barrel will be provided on the field. Encouraged to bring shade and anything else you need to last the day. Water, bug spray, etc. The August heat is still with us, be prepared.

At the intersection of 288 and Highway 6 (six) are the following: (all on the east side of 288)

Burger King/ Jack-in-the-Box/ Taco Bell/ Church’s Chicken/ Subway/ Sonic// Valero/Shell/Gulf gas stations/ Best Western 1.7 miles east on Highway 6, (281-489-2266  1-800-western) / Auto-Parts and Dollar General just past Best Western/ Pizza Hut 2.7 miles on FM1128

Notes about Clout  
The CLOUT is a white triangular flag affixed to a wooden pole in the center of the clout circle. Each ring is 1.5 meters (4 foot 11 inches) from the center of the circle measured outward. The center circle is 3 meters in diameter (9 feet 10 inches). The five scoring rings are 5 for the center and 4,3,2 and 1 point. After practice, the event will begin will all archers on the shooting line. Each archer has four minutes to loose (shoot) their six arrows.
While walking to the scoring circles, great care is taken to watch where you walk as errant arrows will be in your path way.  Even if they are not your arrows, pull them out of the ground in the same direction they went in and gently stick them vertically in the air so the owner will find them. After everyone has looked over the scoring circles and located all their arrows, scoring will begin. Designated archers will enter the circles, collect all the arrows in their assigned circle and place in a neat pile to be identified.
Scoring: When an archers name is called, they enter the circle, pick up their arrows and call out the value of each arrow as they pick them up, starting from the highest value (hopefully fives). Two people keep score. When the values are agreed upon, the next archers name is called.

The Ancient Practice of CLOUT SHOOTING
by Cliff Huntingdon
The term clout shooting is derived from the act of shooting at a clout. The clout itself is nothing more than any mark, historically white and in its most simple form, a small white rag. This is accomplished at long ranges, customarily between 9 score and 12 score yards. The event dates back to the first Elizabeth and has been practiced in varying form for many years and is an "old English form of competitive archery at a single mark."
Clout shooting probably evolved out of a need to train archers "to shoot to a length." The English were not disposed to willingly practice and maintain a degree of proficiency as is sometimes portrayed in verse and cinema. Without the compulsory week-end practice as was commonly dictated by law, skills necessary to successfully fend off aggression in defense of land and life were quickly lost. The English had to be forced to practice. From these forced sessions clout shooting was developed as the means to mass huge numbers of arrows to a common point. Archers provided a primitive yet highly effective form of artillery and history would record in graphic detail it’s effectiveness. During The Hundred Years War, the outcome of battles at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt would certainly have been different without the massed firepower of these ancient archers.

Shoot one day, shoot both days and turn in one score. Winners will be announced at a later time.

$10 per person, includes seminar.

Tournament Directors: Rick Stonebraker and Joe Stuckey


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