ARCHERY RANGE RULES


1.     Shoot only at club approved targets, attached to a backstop.

2.     Field points only on club backstops NO BROAD HEADS.

3.     Adult members are responsible for guests and or children (under age of 18) while on club grounds.

4.     Shoot from authorized positions only.

5.     Over bowed archers or individuals who sky their bows (Pointing towards the sky to draw back) are prohibited.

6.     All equipment must be in good repair (i.e.: no cracked limbs or bent arrows)

7.     No one should be in front of the firing line.

8.     Arrows should be nocked to string only when ready to shoot.

9.     When searching for lost arrows, station one shooter in front of the target before proceeding behind it, or lean bow in front of target if alone on range.

10.  After you are done shooting, wait for the word: CLEAR from the Range Officer or his designee before going toward the targets to retrieve your arrows.

11.  Only a loaded bow should be drawn only at the firing line.( e.g. no dry firing)

12.  If an arrow or any equipment is dropped in front of shooting line while shooting is in progress, it can only be retrieved after shooting has stopped and the line has been called “Clear”.

13.  WALK! Don't run toward the targets. Remember that the arrows are sticking out and can injure you.

14.  When pulling arrows out of a target, stand to one side and insure that no one is directly behind you.

15.  On Field Archery or 3-D courses, be sure to stay on the marked path and travel only in the direction in which the targets are laid out while shooting is in progress. Going backwards on the trail or across an unmarked area could place you in the path of a flying arrow, resulting in serious injury.

16.  If archers will be shooting concurrently at varying distances, stagger the targets, not the people.  Have one shooting line and stay behind it.

17.  When carrying arrows always cover points with your hand, holding them to the side and walk.

18.  If any person or animal (i.e. dog) enters the safety zone while shooting is in progress, the emergency command “Cease Firing” and follow directions from whom ever is in charge and all shooting must stop immediately. Even if the bow is held at full draw and the signal is given, the arrow must not be released. The bow should be pointed at the ground and the bowstring let slowly forward. The arrow should be removed from the bow until the range is clear.

19.  Obey instantly all range commands. The Range Officer will control and enforce safety regulations on all ranges.

20.  No shooting on the outdoor archery ranges later than one half hour after sunset.

21.  During certain times of the year the Tree Stand Lane will be designated as the Broad head Range. Those times will be discussed at the general meetings and posted. Broad heads WILL NOT be shot in any other area of the club, including indoors.

22.  Position of the targets and archers will be such that arrows will not leave club property.

23.  Use paper/cardboard/foam targets. Bring targets with you.  Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. does not supply targets.

24.  Keep ranges clean. Sweep the floor, pick up and throw away your targets when finished shooting. If the trash barrel is full, empty it into the dumpster at the clubhouse.

25.  These rules will be posted in the Archery building. Members are expected to know and obey all range rules, including the general rules, which will be posted in the clubhouse.

Crossbow

1.     Crossbows are prohibited on the indoor range. They can only be shot on the outdoor ranges.

2.     Always point your Crossbow in a safe direction.

3.     Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Do not carry your crossbow with your finger around the trigger.

4.     Always keep your Crossbow unloaded until you are on the firing line and ready to shoot.

5.     Crossbows should only be cocked while on the firing line, the range is clear and all persons are behind the firing line.

6.     You should always look closely at your arrows prior to seating them. You want to check for any signs of wear or damage to the nock as well as splintering or bent arrows and throw any away that aren’t in top shape. Likewise, you should inspect all parts of your crossbow prior to shooting at every session. Never shoot damaged bolts or with a damaged bow.

7.     Regardless of whether or not the crossbow is cocked, never point your crossbow at anything other than an authorized target and always keep the safety engaged until you are ready to shoot.

8.     As soon as the crossbow string is latched in place while you are cocking it, turn the safety ON before you lift the crossbow from the ground to minimize the chance of an accidental dry fire.

9.     Ensure that the cocked crossbow is pointed only at a safe target area at all times.

10.  Before leaving the firing line your crossbow must be uncocked and rendered safe.

Unload the Crossbow

By far the easiest way to unload a loaded crossbow is to fire the bolt into a target. This should be done with a field tip or blunt point, not a broad head. However, your crossbow can be unloaded manually if desired. For manual decocking information refer to the owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended safe operating instructions