Video: How to Score 3D Targets
with Cara Fernandez Video: How to Score 3D Targets with Cara Fernandez

Watch top-ranking, 3D archer Cara Fernandez explain how to score 3D targets using rules for Archery Shooters Association (ASA) and International Bowhunters Organization (IBO) tournaments.

3D Target Scoring

14 points: 14 ring located to the upper right of the vital area; this is used during the ASA Professional Shoot Down.

12 points: 12 rings inside the 10 ring, located above and below the 11 ring; the 12 rings are used during ASA competitions; most archers shoot the lower 12 ring but may call the upper 12 ring before shooting.

11 points: 11 ring or “X” ring centered inside the 10 ring; this ring is only used in IBO competitions.

10 points: 10 ring or heart

8 points: vital area

5 points: body

0 points: miss

Terms to Know

Even: In 3D archery, scoring 10 points on a target is like a par in golf. If an archer shoots 20 targets in a round and scores 200 points, they have “shot even.”

Points Up: If a 3D archer shoots 20 targets in a round and scores 206 points, they have shot “6 points up.”

Points Down: If a 3D archer shoots 20 targets in a round and scores 194 points, they have shot “6 points down.”

3-D archery target arrows

Arrows in this target show that some 3-D archers shot on-par with 10 points, and may have “pulled the line.”

Pulling the Line: Scoring 3D targets is based on an arrow touching any part of the outside of the line for the next highest score. “Pulling the line” is when an arrow hits inside the 10-ring right up against the 12-ring line, and the arrow pulls in the foam target so the 12-ring line touches the arrow shaft.

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