Lebanon Indoor Archery opens its doors with several indoor shooting ranges available

What was a hobby for Forrest Hoffert is now a business.

Lebanon Indoor Archery and Supplies at 2 E. Lehman St., Suite 1, Lebanon, was inspired by Hoffert’s lifelong love of the sport. It opened on June 2 and offers archery supplies and several types of indoor shooting ranges.

There is a 50-meter 3-D range, a 20-meter range where participants shoot at a paper target at 20 meters, a youth/beginner range that can be set up to shoot at 5, 10, or 20 meters, and a TechnoHunt range.

Pictured (left to right) are Larry Miller (Range Manager), Forrest Hoffert (Owner) and Tim Reichard (Range Employee.) (Submitted Photo)

Hoffert explained that TechnoHunt is a virtual archery hunting system. There are cameras on all ranges for security, and each range is equipped with security features to keep attendees safe.

Lebanon Archery’s interior is well stocked with a selection of archery supplies. (Will Trostel)

“Some people like paper targets, some people like the 3D experience, and some people like TechnoHunt,” he said.

“All ranges can be used to organize tournaments. We have people with all levels of experience who come to use the ranges, from archers who shoot in tournaments who want to practice to those who have never shot archery and people who are training for the hunting season.

Bows are available for hire, meaning people who have never shot a bow don’t have to make the financial investment of buying one to try out the sport. An on-site retail store offers bows and accessories, and there’s a shop for working on bows.

The range inside Lebanon Archery and Supplies. (Will Trostel)

Hoffert said he originally purchased the building, which has nearly 70,000 square feet of space, in the summer of 2020 to serve as a storage facility for his other business, H&M Diversified Enterprises. He also reserved the building for future business expansion.

Through its H&M Glass division, Hoffert explained, the company installs and repairs glass for commercial and residential use within a 150-mile radius of Lebanon. H&M Glass also offers glass shower enclosures.

“The building has a basement, which we couldn’t use for the glass trade because the materials and equipment would be too heavy to go upstairs,” he said. “I had this space and I wanted to do something with it.

“I’ve loved archery since I was 12, but I drifted away from it when I got married and started a family. I decided to turn the basement of the building into an indoor archery range that all 50 H&M employees could use.

Forrest Hoffert with his first “robinhood” since the opening of the range. A “robinhood” is the feat of separating an arrow already in the target with another arrow. (photo sent)

Employee feedback on this new benefit has been positive.

“About two weeks after opening the range to employees, I began to consider expanding it and opening it to the public. A number of employees said they had friends who would like to take advantage of an indoor shooting range,” Hoffert said.

Once he made the decision to move the indoor archery range from a private field to a field open to the public, he knew he needed someone to manage it and offered the post to Larry Miller.

“I had known Larry for a number of years both from school and from his involvement in archery. I showed him the lineup and asked him if he would like to manage it,” Hoffert said.

Miller is a certified archery coach, as is fellow staff member Tim Reichard. Miller said he has been shooting archery for over 20 years and has been training and preparing people with bows for about 20 years.

Archery merchandise and indoor supplies to Lebanon. (Will Trostel)

“Most of the bows we rent for kids and adults are the original Genesis bows; these are the same bows that are used in (gym) schools. The rental bow gets their feet wet and they can take the next step if they want,” he said.

Rental bows from an indoor archery in Lebanon can have a 10-pound draw, which Miller says is good for kids around 6 years old, or a 20-pound draw, a bow bigger that requires more strength to pull.

Lebanon Indoor Archery and Supplies sells both recurve bows (the traditional wooden bow) and compound bows. Miller said he was creating group training classes for beginner archers. He said training sessions can also be set up upon request for individuals or groups who want to learn together.

Interior of Lebanon Indoor archery and supplies. (Will Trostel)
Interior of Lebanon Indoor archery and supplies. (Will Trostel)

The company is currently building a 28-meter traditional archery range.

“It suits recurves better than compound bows,” Miller said.

Hoffert and Miller invite people to visit the indoor shooting ranges and try them out.

“We’ve had a lot of great feedback from people since we opened. Some people fell on us; others heard about us from their friends or colleagues,” Miller said.

The opening hours for archery and indoor supplies in Lebanon are 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More information is available on the Lebanon Indoor Archery Facebook page.

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Earnest A. Martinez