Please find below a handy summary of the rules governing all hand-bow styles.

(Ref. NFAS Rule Book 2014 edition, with additional rules for TB added 2018.)

Key to hand-bow styles:

  • AFB – American Flatbow
  • BB – Barebow
  • BH – Bowhunter
  • CL – Compound Limited
  • FS – Freestyle
  • HT – Hunting Tackle
  • LB – Longbow
  • PV – Primitive
  • TB – Traditional Bowhunter
  • UL – Compound Unlimited
NFAS Style rules
AFB BB BH CL FS HT LB PV TB UL
One-piece bow, braced limbs curve in one direction, oval to rectangular limbs        
Bow of wood only, D or oval section, braced limbs curve in one direction, wood/ horn limb nocks, hand grip not shaped        
Bow incl. limb nocks of natural materials only (glues, finishes and string excepted)        
Recurve bow          
Compound bow              
Brush button allowed    
Silencers allowed  
Sight allowed              
Multi pin sight (up to 5 pins) only (non-adjustable unless equipment failure)              
Spirit level allowed                
Pinguard allowed              
AFB BB BH CL FS HT LB PV TB UL
Peep sight/ kisser button allowed (not both)              
Vibration damper allowed            
Mediterranean loose only          
Any hand loose allowed                
Thumb loose allowed                  
Index finger must touch the nock at full draw                
One anchor point only used throughout the shoot    
No face/ string walking              
No arrow-rest or arrow shelf allowed                
Arrow must be shot off the shelf or hand, no rest is allowed                  
Arrow rest must not overdraw more than 2 inches behind throat of handgrip            
AFB BB BH CL FS HT LB PV TB UL
No draw-check allowed        
No draw-check allowed above manufacturer’s specification                
Single stabiliser allowed – any length                  
Single stabiliser allowed – max length 12 inches/ 30cm                  
Full stabiliser system allowed              
Release aid allowed                  
Aiming marks allowed                
Wooden arrows only (natural feather fletching)            
Arrows must be of non-wooden and non-bamboo materials, fletched with natural feather                  
Any arrow permitted          
Reference memoranda allowed