You Learn Something New . . .

. . . every day!

I am sure you are aware of what a Clout Shoot is. Every one I have attended had us shooting at a wand or stick and I knew another name for this competition was a wand shoot but I didn’t know why it was called a “clout” shoot.

But I recently read that in such competitions a piece of cloth was laid on the ground as a target (visible from afar). And “clout” is an archaic word for “cloth.” I should have realized this, having grown up reading stories in which Native Americans were described as wearing a “breechclout” which is a synonym of a loincloth.

I just didn’t think about it.

So, the question of the day is: Is it proper to offer a clout shoot when shooting at a wand? Wouldn’t it be more proper to shoot at a cloth . . . or call that shoot a “wand shoot?”

I suspect such idle thoughts may go away once the pandemic prohibition applied to our shooting grounds is loosened.


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3 responses to “You Learn Something New . . .

  1. David Beeton

    Clout shooting is a lot of fun, particularly if you have the room for a full length shoot at 180 yds!


  2. My understanding is that a Clout and a Wand are seperate.
    Clout is often shot towards a small flag (Clout) or target, size depending on the rules of the organisation. Usually small and at a long distance this is, for example, a 30″ diameter target at 180 yds (Gentlemen) or 120 yards (Ladies & Juniors) under The British Long-Bow Society.
    Wand shooting is at a tall, narrow target at a distance. Again size and length depending on the orgnisation, often not specified so may vary on where the competition takes place and may be specific to a particular Club. The one I am familiar with is a 6″ wide, 6′ high target at 120 yards, long-bows (ELB) only.


    • Ah, see, one does learn something new every day! The wand shoots I have heard of are with much thinner wands , at great distance still. The wand having the advantage over a cloth of having a scoring rope or chain that can swivel around it. Probably another example of us “across the Pond” screwing up another perfectly good English tradition.

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