Monday, May 4, 2009

Archery Park opens

Over 150 people were present at the Cullman Community Archery Park grand opening ceremonies last week in the Alabama town.

The park is one initiative in the larger Community Archery Program to grow archery and bowhunting. The $285,000 project, a collaborative effort between the City of Cullman, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (ADWFF) and the Archery Trade Association (ATA), will also act as a show piece for states across the country that are interested in providing similar archery and bowhunting participation opportunities through local archery parks or shooting facilities and introductory archery programs such as the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and the After School Archery Program (ASAP).

The Cullman archery park features 36 targets, including an eight-target beginner's range from 5 to 20 yards; an eight-target general target range of 15 to 50 yards; a four-target bowhunting range of 10 to 40 yards with a 12-foot platform; and a 16-target walking course with shots out to 70 yards.

I would love to see something like this in my home state of Kentucky and am going to speak with members of the KDFWR to see if it is feasible. I think it would be a perfect fit in our archery rich state which founded the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

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