Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Who Maintains a Range?

Messages posted to thread:
Gray Goose Shaft 03-Sep-22
YamahaYG68 03-Sep-22
M60gunner 03-Sep-22
jaz5833 03-Sep-22
Corax_latrans 03-Sep-22
Frisky 04-Sep-22
hawkeye in PA 04-Sep-22
reddogge 04-Sep-22
George D. Stout 04-Sep-22
Dry Bones 04-Sep-22
Nemophilist 04-Sep-22
grizz 04-Sep-22
Clydebow 04-Sep-22
DanaC 04-Sep-22
Bob Rowlands 04-Sep-22
cobra 04-Sep-22
HEXX 04-Sep-22
Jim 04-Sep-22
babysaph 04-Sep-22
elkpacker 04-Sep-22
Bootaka 05-Sep-22
HEXX 05-Sep-22
HEXX 05-Sep-22
hvac tech 05-Sep-22
Draven 05-Sep-22
From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 03-Sep-22

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Hi Folks, This post is a spin-off from the "Who Does This" post. I am curious about who volunteers to maintain an archery range or picks up trash from public lands as opposed to who leaves trash. I expect responses to have a positive attitude. Each of you has my respect and thanks.

I try to do what is needed to keep our archery range in good condition. Indoors I sweep the floor, clean windows and screens, take out trash, replace light bulbs, wash tabletops, set up the dehumidifier, clean the bathroom, and pick up after other archers. Outside I cut the lawn areas, trim brush, chainsaw downed trees, and keep the shooting lanes clear of debris and poison ivy.

What do you do?

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 03-Sep-22

"What do you do?"

Not as much as I used to.

Turned 70 this year, had a go around with colon cancer 3 years ago, have arthritis and some other miseries. Can't do heavy lifts and sometimes the best thing for me to do is just say out of the way.

Things I still can do, and do;

- Weed whipping 3D Trail/Lanes and the Practice Range - Trim branches on the 3D Trail - Make number signs for the 3D Trail Lanes - Remove fallen trees off the 3D rail, if within my abilities - Help at work parties as much as I can - Minor repairs - Report stuff I can't handle to the executive - Pickup trash - Mentor and encourage new trad members

From: M60gunner
Date: 03-Sep-22

I was an active member of Bearstate Bowhunters in San Diego for 35 years+ . I believe the only thing I didn’t do was run the website. I wanted a place to shoot so I did what was necessary from cleaning up to filling out state and federal income tax forms. I am glad to see you have the same attitude. So many just want to shoot and go home. The success of a club is not how many members there are but how many work to make the club successful. Thank you.

From: jaz5833
Date: 03-Sep-22

I am the acting historian for the San Diego Archers. I volunteered much more before I retired three years ago....go figure. I still do but far less often.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 03-Sep-22

One of the other guys here - I won’t call him out ;) - is our range captain, and he puts in a lot of hours just keeping the rest of us knuckleheads organized as we run weed- whackers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, log splitter and maintain the backstops, replace cores in 3Ds, and drag in the big hunks of old tires that seem to sprout out of the soil on a regular basis.

MCGroundstalker also puts in Crazy Time organizing our Trad Shoots, rigging up novelty shots, knockablock targets, installing “Trad” stakes in ridiculous spots and so forth.

I make sure to hold up my end on work parties, and one great thing about a relatively high capacity back quiver is that I always have a place to put all of the lost & busted arrows that I come across. I guess we’re lucky that we don’t run across a lot of garbage. Now if we could just track down and throw out the moron(s) who shoot broadheads on the 3D targets and NFAA backstops. You would think that the 3 big Blob targets which we have SPECIFICALLY for BH practice and tuning, but OF COURSE there are always a coupla jerks who don’t think the rules apply to them….

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Sep-22

Frisky's embedded Photo

I maintain Legend's Range, out in the driveway. Shot there tonight.


From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 04-Sep-22

I help maintain a 28 target field range, building maintenance and general maid.

From: reddogge
Date: 04-Sep-22

Yesterday cleared Russian Olive trees blocking one of our elevated platforms. Today I'll shoot the course at the shoot.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 04-Sep-22

I don't have a nearby range anymore, but in my younger days I attended many a work party and even started an archery club...along with a couple friends of course. Helped to maintain archery ranges for a few decades until most just faded away as 3D ate up field archery and target cost skyrocketed.

As for being a caretaker of the land, I always have a small garbage back in my fanny pack. Something I've done for quite a number of years now. Anymore, mylar balloons are about the worst thing, they show up everywhere like neon signs.

From: Dry Bones
Date: 04-Sep-22

I'm not part of any range, and don't go to public shoots, but even at my own place I seem to have to clean-up constantly. The balloons George speaks of will be hung up in places, and randomly old cups or water bottles show up. Most have been chewed on so I suppose a stray dog or coyote was playing and left me a surprise. I have only a couple primary lanes I shoot down so keeping the thicket beat back is no big deal. NOW.. In camp with the crew I get to hunt with, I am continually cleaning up all sorts of trash left in deer blinds, or around the deer hanger. It's always easy to tell who was there before you by what was left.


From: Nemophilist
Date: 04-Sep-22

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The only ranges I maintain is my yard and my 20-yard range in my basement. I used to belong to a couple sportsman clubs near me, but they didn't have a lot for archery and bowhunting.

From: grizz
Date: 04-Sep-22

I maintain a target butt and envy basements.

From: Clydebow
Date: 04-Sep-22

I set up a traditional 30 target 3D range at John A. Logan college in S.ILL a few years ago. Everyone else had to work. One of the areas I bow hunt called Cedar Bluff has a waterfall that people visit. Whenever the guys that used to work the parks there would see I signed in to hunt, they would give me a plastic bag to clean up the garbage, because they knew I would.

From: DanaC
Date: 04-Sep-22

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I keep the club 3-D range trimmed clear - trails and shooting lanes. Plan the target sets, add new trails, 'supervise' the set-up, keep track of yardages, handle registration. (I have 'muscle' for actually lugging and setting targets ;-) ) It's great when you can add a new shot to the course and it turns out well.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 04-Sep-22

I frequently picked up whatever trash was left at the outdoor city public archery range I shot at back in the '90s. I made and hung bow racks there as well. In fact they are still there.

I was shooting there one day back in the '90s and long ago and heard scuffling flapping noise in the gable end building soffit at the back of the range. I realized there was a bird trapped in there.

I went home got some tools and a ladder. I pulled loose the soffit and out flew a starling, and out dropped many dozens of dead starlings that got trapped and mummified in there. Repaired the loose soffit at the top so no more birds could get in. Yup all kinda fun it was. I quit shooting there in 2000 when I built our house and started shooting on our place.

From: cobra
Date: 04-Sep-22

Legends Range.......jeesh. And I thought I was the only one!

From: HEXX
Date: 04-Sep-22

Funny thing, I was asked to help a local club prepare for their annual 2 day 3 D shoot.

They thought they would not have enough members show up. I was a member five

years ago. I showed up and worked the morning before the shoot. The funny thing was

I was treated better than when I was a member and thanked for my help.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Sep-22

At our archery club, 10% of us do all the range maintenance and target setup and takedown. The rest just shoot and look good !

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 04-Sep-22

I only maintain my range. I had a 20 target range about 15 years ago and some maggots stole all the targets one night.

From: elkpacker
Date: 04-Sep-22

I do on my own place

From: Bootaka
Date: 05-Sep-22

Bootaka's embedded Photo

I got a call Friday, club was going to cancel the monthly 3d today because of "lack of vollenteers" I said "ok well I'm going to set it up anyways." Guess what didn't get cancelled. Even had 8 others show up to set.

Mostly I pick up trash, clear trails, fix targets, and tell ppl they are going the wrong way.

From: HEXX
Date: 05-Sep-22

The one club I shoot 3 D's has a weekly shoot ( 20 ) targets only got 10 shooters out per

week this year, mostly all compound shooters. What is happening (?).

From: HEXX
Date: 05-Sep-22

The one club I shoot 3 D's has a weekly shoot ( 20 ) targets only got 10 shooters out per

week this year, mostly all compound shooters. What is happening (?).

From: hvac tech
Date: 05-Sep-22

I still belong To Wills Mt Archers it is about 9 miles south of Manns Choice along rt 96 .I help there and go to the shoots .We are having a shoot sept 25 th I posted on the Bowsite .

From: Draven
Date: 05-Sep-22

Our Club is maintained by us during the year.

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