Let's say you want to establish a 3D archery tournament. You want to create a small 3D course.

You are at the stage where you want to make a concept for the trail. How do you create a map to ensure safety (shooting direction, terrain), to ensure that no one can get lost, and to gather some stats such as trail length and height?

  • What is the terrain like? Any course is going to be strongly dictated by the terrain and natural obstacles. A course going down gently sloped and moderately wooded 100 yard wide canyon is different than a two acre open park. Since you haven't specified anything about the terrain I feel this question is too broad.
    – Erik
    Mar 23, 2017 at 16:16

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The NFAA has a great guide on how to create a field archery course. The guide talks about minimum distances between targets, backstops and safe angles of approach.


The Easton Foundation also has a more illustrated guide to range design.


My key takeaway: expect to use 1 acre per target.

  • This seems to be a link only answer Jan 30, 2018 at 18:32
  • @CharlieBrumbaugh: kinda. But the considerations are VERY detailed, and it doesn't make sense to replicate them. As an archery range owner myself, I am very concerned with the details of safety angles, backstops etc, as it might be a liability issue. Anybody could throw some 3d targets up and mark a trail otherwise. Jan 30, 2018 at 18:39
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    My point is, you should summarize some of the most relevant parts of the guides into your answer. Jan 30, 2018 at 18:43
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    Thought I did as considerations include: "minimum distances between targets, backstops and safe angles of approach" (which vary depending on terrain and target type) and "expect to use 1 acre per target" Jan 30, 2018 at 18:46
  • No, you didn't, at least not well enough for the standards of this site. Basically the only content in this answer directly is that minimum distances between targets, backstops, and angles are issues. I know nothing about archery, and I could have guessed that. The only real information you give is that it takes about one acre per target. Imagine you asked about how to write a exchange sort routine, and someone answered "Here is a link. You have to use statements and stuff.". That's not how it's done here. Jan 30, 2018 at 21:08

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