A public archery range opens in Middle Creek Outdoors

A new outdoor archery range has opened in Lancaster County.

It’s one of the most beautiful in the region, and it can be used for free, thanks to the Pennsylvania Games Commission.

“Pennsylvania has long been considered one of the leaders in archery,” said Game Commission spokesman Travis Love.

“Our archery licenses have continued to grow over the past 25 years. And programs such as National Archery in Schools and Explore Bowhunting continue to give students access to hunting.

“Our agency understands that archery is a big part of Pennsylvania’s tradition.”

Construction of the $ 149,000 range was completed in January and recently opened in the Middle Creek Games Commission’s wildlife management area.

Targets at the Middle Creek Archery Range.

If you were to see snow geese, you should have seen it.

It is located in the town of Clay on the east side of Klinefeltersville Road, next to the Willow Point car park.

As for open public archery ranges, it’s as good as you’ll find anywhere.

Above the shooting line is the roof of the pavilion, which stands on a concrete platform.

There are 48-inch Big Shot targets for shooting at field points and 48-inch Block targets for shooting at rams, with targets sitting 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards from the firing line.

Under the roof of the pavilion there are two shooting benches for crossbow shooting.

Middle Creek Archery

The Middle Creek range has two benches designed for crossbow shooting.

Concrete sidewalks continue to all goals, and the whole area is fenced.

The fence is there because this range was built on a part of the restricted access to Middle Creek. With the exception of the archery range, the public is prohibited in this area.

“While discussing the many variables involved in deciding where to range for this range for archery, one concern was that people are in range,” said Steve Ferry, head of the Lancaster and Chester County Commission’s Land Management Group. .

“We chose this area because it was in an existing restricted field where people should not be.”

The range is open from sunrise to sunset, every day of the week.

You don’t need to make an appointment to use it. You just show up and shoot.

Using the range does not require costs.

This is unique because the Game Commission requires a hunting license or a special hunting permit – both of which cost money – to use any of the 30 firearms ranges across the state.

“However, people who use these (archery) landfills and buy a hunting permit or hunting license are helping to fund maintenance and other future projects like this,” Lau said.

Arrows with field points can be thrown at any of the targets range.

Broadheads should only shoot at foam block targets clearly marked for wide use.

(Honestly, if you shoot a Big Shot target, you’ll regret it, because removing it will be very difficult due to the unique design of these targets.)

Middle Creek Archery

Some targets at the Middle Creek range are designed for shooting at sheep.

The area inside the fence is quite generous, it extends 150 feet beyond the 50-yard target.

So if you miss a target, there should be enough space in the fence to retrieve the arrow.

However, if you send an arrow outside the fenced area, do not go looking for it. This area is off-limits.

You need to call the game commission to report the problem and someone from the agency will help restore your arrow.

Although the Gaming Commission has for many years owned and maintained 30 firearms ranges on state gaming lands across the state, archery ranges are new to the agency.

The Middle Creek Range is one of three owned by the Game Commission. The other two are at SGL 176 in Central County and SGL 234 in Montgomery County.

Lau said the agency plans to build six more in other parts of Pennsylvania over the next few years.

Funding for the Game Commission ranges comes through Pittman-Robertson federal law, which sets excise taxes on the sale of a variety of sporting goods outdoors, including archery equipment, according to Ferrari.

The money to maintain the ranges comes from various fees for the game fee, most of which comes from the sale of hunting licenses.

Lancaster County is lucky to have many shooting clubs that have archery ranges. There is no place in the county where anyone is more than 20 minutes from the shooting club.

But all these clubs are private.

Two archery ranges have been opened in the county for public use, one in Brubaker Park in Bracknock and the other for the supply of archery in Lancaster, East Lampeter.

This is a rarity in Pennsylvania. And the opening of the third in Middle Creek means more opportunities for more people to engage in archery and archery.

“We hope to provide quality archery for both experienced and new archers,” Ferrari said of the Middle Creek range.

“We hope to build shooting programs and activities around this facility to increase participation and hone hunters’ skills in archery.”

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