******OPEN TO CIVILIANS & MILITARY**********
This Saturday 4th of July, No memberships will be conducted.
July 11th & 18th 9am-Noon: memberships will be conducted at the range for ONLY Military/DOD card holders, Not DBIS.
July 25 we will have a plan to conduct memberships for everyone.
As we reopen our ranges, I want to inform you of some significant upgrades that are in progress.
First is a new broadhead range. We have removed the old broadhead range to make room for the new 3D course (more on that later). The new broadhead range is on Sumac road on the left as you approach Field Range 1. You will see where a parking area was cut in. The range is 100 yards long with a dirt berm and sand pit. You will need to bring your own target; we will not be using old 3D targets.
The 3D range has been significantly revamped. Members have asked for a 3D course focused on hunting preparation and our volunteer army has worked tirelessly to deliver. The “course” is now 2 ½ miles long and uses areas that we had previously only used for tournaments. There are two loops, shoot one or both, with 24 to 30 targets total. PLEASE, for safety reason these loops MUST be one-way! Once you commit to a loop, walk it all the way around. Maps are attached that lay out the course along with a *.gpx file of tracks and way-points for use with your GPS.
The entry point for The West Loop is to the southwest of the clubhouse where the broad head range was previously located—Archers need to cross the creek bed and the access road, then look for markers in the trees to continue on a southwest line up to the top of the ridge. Shooting lanes in the wooded area will be marked. The remainder of course A runs along the south (e.g., far) side of the ridge to the south of the clubhouse, before it cuts back north to bring archers to the tree stand down by the sheds. The East Loop is laid out to the East of the clubhouse, along the creek bed, but the targets are now spaced much further apart and now wrap around the back side of the ridge that runs along the north side of the creek bed. The first target on East Loop is not until you have walked past the sheds, across the creek bed. Once you shoot the standing elk/mule deer combo position, take your bow with you as you retrieve your arrows—once you pull your arrows from the elk, the course continues due west up to a small shelf, where we have some short 3D targets. The course then cuts back north to take archers over the ridge to the water line that runs along the northern boundary of Field Range 3. Some targets are now at 80+ yards. This is not to advocate for taking long shots while hunting, but to make you more confident and lethal when an elk is broadside to you at 50 yards. We are also putting out more of our larger targets, e.g., elk, caribou, buffalo, moose, etc., as we approach hunting season. We still have target(s) at the “tree stand” tower; it is at the discretion of the archer whether to shoot from the tree stand first, last, or not at all. We are using all the topography providing for steep up-and-down hill shots. We have also implemented a kid’s 3D range that runs along the creek bed at the southern side of the clubhouse parking lot. The new kid’s range is for junior archers, ages 16 and below. We ask our adult archers to resist the urge to “warm up” by shooting the kid’s range before advancing to the regular 3D courses, as 70 lb. compound bows at short range chew up the foam targets very quickly. To that end, adult archers caught on camera using the kid’s range will be issued a “cone of shame” when they renew their annual membership.
Finally, we have purchased a dozen new field archery targets in an experiment to look at replacing the sound board we currently use. We understand that the current targets leave a mess on carbon arrows and can be difficult to pull arrows. To that end the new targets use a urethane foam material. One of the vendors is Big Boy Archery targets (https://bbatargets.com/). The other is American Whitetail (https://www.archerytargets.com), we are evaluating their DynaFOAM material. We expect to receive these targets in mid-August and you’ll first see them on the static range.
We hope that you enjoy the new 3D Course layouts. We could not have done a fraction of it without our 23 fabulous volunteers who have graciously donated their time and sweat over 65 DAYS SINCE February 27th! We are forever indebted to them for their incredible generosity.
Academy Archery Club Board
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**** Reminder: Time to get your equipment ready for shooting and hunting!!! The following Archery Business will work with your needs/requests please contact them as they support our club and assist our local businesses.
--Archery School Of the Rockies. (719-272-4379) info@archeryschoolofthe rockies.com
--Bill Pellegrino's Archery Hut. (719-659-6144)
--Bowhunters Edge Archery (719-321-7780)
--Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear (303-421-2259)
--Bear Creek Archery (303-781-8733)
Located on the U.S. Air Force Academy and nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains you will find the 205 acre Academy Archery Club. Here you can sharpen your shooting skills on our 3-D range or any of our four walking ranges. We also offer a lighted practice range with bales from 10 to 80 yards as well as a 90 meter FITA lane. All 6 of the ranges are open 7 days a week. Clubhouse is currently closed and memberships are on appointment only unless otherwise indicated below or in our monthly NEWSLETTER. Although located on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy, our club offers membership to both military, their dependents and civilians.
RANGE AND CLUBHOUSE ACCESS DURING USAFA HOME FOOTBALL GAMES.
On Air Force 'home' football game days Stadium Blvd will be closed between the Stadium and Community Center Drive. Preferred access to the Archery Ranges and the Clubhouse will be via the SOUTH GATE - to Community Center Drive - and then to Sumac. This will apply on ALL Saturdays when the Air Force football team plays at home.
We invite ALL archers to our tournaments(with the exception of the Trick or Treat only members). If you are a non-member and wish to participate in any of our shoots, please visit the "Access Range" tab and follow the simple instructions listed there.
Updated guidelines for all visitors without military/DoD ID to access the Academy. Please visit the "Access Range" tab.
See Access Range & Tournaments tabs for more information
Next Open Membership Meeting
Membership Meeting: Mar--TBD
Upcoming Work Party Date - To be announced
Bring work gloves - we provide lunch!
List of items for the work party will be posted.
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Use the "Contact Us" tab if you have questions.
We are currently unable to provide lessons due to a staffing shortage. We will update our status here on our home page and the "Lessons" tab when we are able to resume lessons.