What Color Is The Bullseye On An Archery Target?


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The color of the Bullseye on an archery target can depend on which type of target you are using. FITA (World Archery) and USA Archery targets have a yellow/gold bullseye, while IFAA and NFAA have white/black bullseyes. There is a black center on the Field course and a white center on the Hunter course.

World Archery Olympic Governing Body Target Colors

The governing body of archery is the World Archery Federation (formerly FITA). The organization has its seat in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded in 1931 and regulated and promotes archery worldwide.

“The 122cm, 80cm, 60cm, and 40cm faces are divided into five concentric colour zones arranged from the centre outwards as follows: yellow (gold), red, light blue, black and white. Each colour is divided by a thin line into two zones of equal width thus making 10 scoring zones of equal width when measured from the centre of the gold:

  • 6.1cm on the 122cm target face;
  • 4cm on the 80cm target face;
  • 3cm on the 60cm face;
  • 2cm on the 40cm face.”

Source: https://worldarchery.sport/rulebook/search/target%20face

  • Rings 1 and 2 – The two outer rings are white – they score the fewest points being furthest from the bull,
  • Rings 3 and 4 – The following two rings are black in color,
  • Rings 5 and 6 – These rings are blue,
  • Rings 7 and 8 – These rings are red.
  • Rings 9, 10, and the Bullseye – these are all yellow/gold in color.

It doesn’t matter whether the target is set up indoors, outdoors, or set up as an International field target. As long as the World Archery Federation is the governing body, the colors of the Bullseye will be yellow/gold.

Other Archery Organizations

IFAA

The IFAA uses different target faces for the various rounds.

Indoor Round Target Colors

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Field Round Target & Hunter Round

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When utilized in IFAA-sanctioned events, the IFAA mark of approval must be displayed on the face.

Source: https://www.wfac2020.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IFAA-Book-of-Rules-2019.pdf

USA Archery

  • Rings 1 and 2 – The two outer rings are white – they score the fewest points being furthest from the bull,
  • Rings 3 and 4 – The following two rings are black in color,
  • Rings 5 and 6 – These rings are blue in color,
  • Rings 7 and 8 – These rings are red.
  • Rings 9, 10, and the Bullseye – these are all yellow/gold in color.

NFAA

Field Round

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  • Rings 1 and 2 – The two outer rings are black; they score 3
  • Rings 3 and 4 – The next two rings are white in color and score 4
  • Rings 5 and 6 – These rings are black and score 5 points
  • The X is used to tiebreakers

A variety of distances will be shot.

Hunter Round

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“In the Hunter round, the target faces change from the standard Field target face to an all-black target face where the center scoring ring is white.”

Source: https://www.nfaausa.com/2019/06/field-archery-102-the-hunter-target-field-round/

ASA

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The Archery Shooters Association shots 3 D Targets. The “Bullseye” represents the kill zone of the actual animal.

Source: https://www.asaarchery.com/rules/scoring-images

USA Archery Collegiate Archery

Identical to USA Archery

  • Rings 1 and 2 – The two outer rings are white – they score the fewest points being furthest from the bull,
  • Rings 3 and 4 – The next two rings are black in color,
  • Rings 5 and 6 – These rings are blue in color,
  • Rings 7 and 8 – These rings are red.
  • Rings 9, 10, and the Bullseye – these are all yellow/gold in color

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Conclusion

The Bullseye on an archery target can come in different colors. Gold, Black, or White are the most common. The color of the Bullseye may vary depending on which governing body is sanctioning the event. Different organizations shoot different targets, with the most common being am indoor-, field-, and hunter- round.

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