Clout is shot in many countries around the world although Archery Australia shoots a unique style of clout. Clout Archery is traditional archery event having its roots back to medieval archery when archers would lob their arrows onto advancing armies.
Clout archery is shot over long ranges with distances up to 180m depending upon equipment that is used. The target is laid flat on the ground and archers shot their arrows into the air attempting to land the arrows in the target.
Aiming is done using a bow sight for Freestyle disciplines or without a sight for Barebow disciplines and shooting at a 'Clout' which is a triangular shaped object placed in the centre of the circle. The various scoring areas are identified with coloured flags.
A cable is laid out on the ground and is marked with the various scoring areas. To score an archer is assigned to each scoring area and the cable is slowly walked around the circle. Archers are assigned to each scoring area and their role is to remove any arrows within that area.
When all arrows have been scored the cable is laid on the ground and the arrows laid out in each colour between the coloured flags.
All archers in the one event ideally shall shoot at the same target, subject to a maximum of twenty five (25) archers per target. If more than one (1) target is required, the conditions about each target shall be as nearly equal as possible.
Where more than one (1) target is required, the targets shall be consecutively numbered. The number shall be positioned behind the clout such that it will not be hit by archers and shall be of such a size that it is clearly visible from the shooting line. A target number shall also be placed at or near the shooting line.
The same as target archery in the southern hemisphere the preferred shooting direction is southerly and shooting shall be in one direction only, towards the target. Archers shooting at different distances can be staggered so that no archer shoots over another's head and that there is a minimum of 10 metres between the flight path of the arrow of the archer(s) on the longer distance and the archer/s on the shooting line at the shorter distance.
A shooting line is marked on the ground at right angles to the direction of shooting.
A waiting and equipment line shall be placed at least five metres behind the shooting line and when all shooting is completed archers shall wait behind the waiting line.
Usually a spectator line is indicated at least ten metres behind the waiting and equipment line.
For safety the field of play must be sign posted or roped-off and only archers taking part in the event or authorised people shall be allowed to enter. Spectators must remain behind the spectator area.