The thud of arrows hitting targets increases in late August on the public archery ranges of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Bow deer and turkey hunters are training for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
A press release says MDC provides several free archery ranges in suburban and rural areas of Kansas City and the Northwestern areas. They are available to the public for recreational shooting year round. In late summer and fall, they are especially valuable for hunters honing their skills with a bow.
Some archery fields have covered pavilions and toilets nearby. Others are part of a site that also includes gun ranges. Many are located in conservation areas. Some in rural areas have designated parking lots and shooting stations, but no other service. All ranges have target backstops, and most ranges offer backstops at varying distances. Archers will need to bring their own paper targets. Several archery stands are also available.
MDC maintains or supports 18 free archery ranges in the Kansas City and Northwestern areas. Some are close to urban populations. For example, the archery ranges are located at the Lake City Shooting Range and the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Preserve in Jackson County. In Buchanan County, a shooting range is located in the Missouri Western State University shooting range in St. Joseph.
Archers are encouraged at these shooting ranges to practice current COVID-19 precautions, including physical distancing.
For a full list of MDC Archery Ranges in these areas and statewide, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZXp. These listings also include links to maps showing where the beaches are located.
Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.