Test your own gear on the range, handle the new stuff and ask questions about archery, bowhunting and safety from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 31st, at the Hawkeye Area archery range; 2065 Amana Road Northwest, west of Swisher.
“A lot of people don’t even know the range is here,” says range director David Giese. “We have the six lanes; with distances from 20 to 60 yards for sighting in your bows. We will show how to safely handle equipment, how to get up in stands and how to safely harness yourself in.”
With upwards of 50,000 bowhunters in Iowa now, tree stand accidents have become a harsh reality. Two years ago, two deaths occurred as a result of falls from tree stands. Several serious injuries were reported and officials recognize a number of "walk away" incidents go unreported. Iowa’s bow deer season begins October 1. However, hunters in other seasons "get elevated," too, for the sight and scent advantage which stands can provide.
Representatives from Fin & Feather and Palo Outdoors stores will be around to answer questions and demonstrate safety systems and new archery products out there; including 3D targets which will handle broadheads. Instructors will supervise youth who want to give archery a try. Boy Scout Troop 211 will staff a concession stand.