A new Archery Range Complex will soon open at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
For tweens and teens who are inspired by Princess Merida's sense of bravery and adventure or the power and agility of Katniss Everdeen, the St. Louis area offers several ways to try their hands at archery.
The Missouri Department of Conservation announced plans to open a new Archery Range Complex at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. The new static range includes 14 targets arranged from 10 to 40 yards in five-yard increments. The range also features an elevated, ADA-accessible platform with six targets, one every five yards between 15 and 40 yards. Visitors may also use a mile-long loop trail and a half-mile out-and-back trail, also with 14 target stations each. Target distances from 10 – 60 yards will be provided on both walk through ranges. Each target lane includes a short marked distance and a longer marked distance to accommodate different levels of skill.
Renovations began in fall 2014 and also include accessible sidewalks and parking. The new range will open with a dedication ceremony Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m., followed by an open house. Visitors are invited to begin using the facility at 5:30 p.m. June 4.
The range will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. It will be closed on Mondays for maintenance. Use of the range is free. August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D. approximately two miles west of Highway 94. For more information call 636-441-4554.
Visitors can also practice archery at an accessible range at Buder Park, located at 215 Valley Park Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63026. The range also features an accessible target, which was built by local Boy Scout Drew Pfyl. Those looking to master the sport can attend group lessons at Summit Archery Center, located at 1164 Decker Rd., Labadie, MO, 63055. Group lesson are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $5 and includes rental equipment. Summit Archery also offers private lessons, indoor targets, leagues and more. Call 636-742-2531 for more information.