"HFT or Hunter Field Target is an outdoor airgun target shooting discipline designed to encourage, promote and educate the safe use of airguns within a formatted, controlled environment"
HFT or Hunter Field Target is an outdoor airgun target shooting discipline designed to encourage, promote and educate the safe use of airguns within a formatted, controlled environment.
Competitors shoot a course of 30 ‘knockover’ style targets that fall when the central ‘hit zone’ is struck. Targets are placed in a variety of different locations such as up trees, partially hidden behind obstacles or even in the middle of a pond. Competitors adopt a number of different shooting positions throughout the course including; prone, kneeling, standing and supported positional shots.
When shooting a target Competitors must ensure that they are in contact with the shooting ‘peg’ and scoring is dead simple. 2 points are awarded for ‘knocking a target over’. 1 point for a ‘plate’ where the target is struck and doesn’t fall and 0 points aka a ‘doughnut’ are awarded for a complete miss. The maximum score is 60 ex 60 and it is a truly rare event indeed!
No adjustments can be made to a Competitor’s rifle or scope once they have started the course so it is a case of ‘holding under/over’ to compensate for trajectory and then ‘holding off’ for that devious wind. All very simple or so they say.
HFT’s very simplistic concept means that pretty much any rifle & scope combination can be used to great effect. Modern airguns and pellets are inherently accurate, this means that in HFT even equipment that might be classed as ‘budget’ can genuinely cut the mustard with equipment costing five times as much. Therefore, the emphasis is more on the person behind the trigger.
There is a number of classes in which an individual can compete in; open, ladies, juniors, veterans, recoil, .22 & sticks. So there is a class for pretty much everyone to come and get involved. More details about these can be found in the WHFTA Rules page.
All in HFT is a super accessible airgun discipline and has grown in popularity across the globe since it’s modern inception. So much so that manufacturers now make dedicated product lines to cater for the HFT market! If you feel that HFT might be for you but are still unsure…… just come and get involved, you won’t regret joining the global HFT community!