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What is Hunter Field Target?

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The key features of HFT shooting are as follows:

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HFT competitions take part at the club (Club HFT League), within the Central Southern Region (CSFTA HFT Winter League), and also around the UK (UKAHFT Series & Open Shoots) HFT competitions at both Club and National (UKAHFT Series) tend to be over a 30 shot course.Club HFT competitions are graded depending on the shooters experience and ability. New shooters will automatically go into D grade for their first 3 rounds, and then put into the either grade C, B, or A depending on the average score over the 3 rounds.

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HFT courses use knock-over targets with a hit zone between 15mm and 45mm.

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Targets can be positioned between 8 to 45 yards away from the firing point.

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Targets are shot from a firing point normally denoted by a post (or disc in UKAHFT). One part of the body must touch this post/disc at all times when taking the shot.

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Targets may be shot prone, kneeling or standing, but the FT sitting position is not allowed.

Targets may not be partly obscured by foliage, branches etc.

1 target is normally shot per “lane”. Some HFT competitions have two pegs per target so you shoot the same target from two different positions.

Lanes are not usually subject to any time restrictions in club shoots but you will encounter them at regional and national shoots; usually 2 or 3 minutes from the moment your eye goes to the scope.

2 points are scored for a “knock-down”, 1 point for hitting the plate, known as a “dink” and 0 for a miss, known affectionately as a “doughnut”!

From the moment the shooter starts the course, telescopic sights cannot be adjusted; the shooter must judge how high to aim at the target to allow for pellet drop.

Shooters must guess target ranges by eye – no ranging devices are allowed.

Typical equipment needed to shoot HFT is relatively cheap as it can be shot by many types of rifle designed for hunting.