Black Cat HFT

It is estimated that 4 million Air Rifles are owned in the UK alone, which shows how fast the sport is growing in a variety of disciplines. Black cat Archery actively promotes this sporting discipline – is this the sport for you? … 

Hunter Field Target, also known as HFT is a popular target shooting sport that combines the air gun disciplines of target shooting with hunting scenarios. This is predominately an outdoor sport, shot with air rifles rated at a maximum of 12ft.lbf.

The aim:

The aim of the sport is to ‘knock down’ as many of the targets, which are placed in certain positions to simulate different hunting scenarios.


There are a variety of skills needed for HFT, but the one that is highly regarded is the ability to range the target as accurately as possible. This can be done using either a telescopic sight fitted with a ‘mil-dot’ reticule and 30/30 reticule or in the traditional method of ‘visualising’ the distance between the shooter and the target. Once the shooter has started the course, they are unable to adjust their scope until the end of the course.

Out door air gun shootingSet up

In a typical HFT competition, you would expect to see on average 30 lanes, each consisting of a ‘peg’ and various ‘knock down targets’. In these instances, the ‘peg’ indicates the point where each shooter should take their shot. A part of the competitors’ body or gun must be touching the peg for the shot to count.


The targets to be shot are usually a variety of popular hunting quarry, such as rats, crows, magpies, squirrels and rabbits (varying in size from ap