One question that I have been asked before is, ” How do I find an archery range near me?” It’s a big question, but if you live close to a good size population, then there’s really good hope for you. I’m not trying to ignore people in a small town, it’s just that the smaller the town, the fewer the options.
I’m going to answer the question with another question.
Do you want to find a place to shoot your bow by yourself, or are you looking for a place to shoot your bow with other people?
If you are just looking to shoot your bow by yourself, then an archery range is the ideal spot.
An archery club is a group of people who either shoot together or by themselves. They normally have their own range set up for members to use when they want. This is my preference if you can’t tell. Walking around doing 3D target shooting and getting to hang out and ask any question you want is pretty amazing.
Where to look
My Archery Range and Archery Club List– this list contains over 2000 archery clubs, ranges and sportsmens associations .
Looking in person
Outdoor stores and archery shops are the two best places to check out. You normally find a board of people posting their latest hunts or other information. I’d even recommend asking the staff. Don’t get mad if they don’t know. They are a retail sales employee and not an expert in the entire archery field. They normally are really helpful though.
Other spots to consider are any kind of hunting stores. If you’re in an area that has a lot of hunting, you’ll also find feed and supply stores that sell deer corn, stands, and etc. These are decent spots to check out too.
I’ve also seen a lot of gun ranges that have an archery section. So if you get stumped looking around for an archery range near you, then try going to a gun range and seeing if they know anyone.
You can of course Google archery ranges and archery clubs online, but sometimes that won’t get you everything you’re looking for. Here are a few other places to help you find what you’re looking for.
USA Archery – They do olympic shooting, but it’s always worth checking out to see if you happen to be near one.
3Dshoots.com – They have a huge list of archery clubs all across the US
I had a rough time finding clubs internationally, at least all in one website, so you just might have to search by country if you’re somewhere else in the world.
Don’t forget you can shoot at home
Most of the time, you can still shoot at your home or somewhere very close as well. It’s a lot of fun to go out and shoot other places, but don’t forget your own backyard.
Go have some fun.