Mountwood Park Archery Range Opens | News, Sports, Jobs
VOLCANO – Mountwood Park’s new archery range is perfectly suited for archery and crossbow shooters.
The shooting range, which officially opened on Tuesday, is located on the site of the former shooting range parking lot just off US 50 as people enter the park and take the first to right once in the park.
Wood County Parks Superintendent Jeremy Cross said the project has been underway for about six months and the park maintenance crew is doing all the work. Cross credited maintenance supervisor John Hyde with bringing the project together as it was conceived.
“We are really proud of the way it was built and what it will bring,” says Cross.
The shooting range includes a fixed line of fire with targets at 10, 20, 30 and 40 meters. The targets themselves are 48 inches by 48 inches and 18 inches thick with multiple targets to aim for. The range also has benches for crossbow shooters with 20 and 40 meter targets, shooters should bring their own chairs.
“We have big targets and small targets, different targets that people can shoot at,” says Cross.
The range was paid for from the park’s operating budget. There is also a parking lot next to the beach.
“The shape of the area made it perfect for placing targets with the line of the hill,” says Cross. “It also provides shade later in the afternoon.”
The range is aimed at young shooters through to senior shooters.
In West Virginia, many people hunt and fish, so an archery range was a perfect fit for Mountwood Park, Cross said.
“It’s something that’s not going to bother other users of the park,” he said. “It’s not noisy with rifles and shotguns.
“People can go out and enjoy the archery range and not disturb other parts of the park.”
Christy Nulter, of Parkersburg. brought his three sons – Xander, 6, Conner, 8, and Parker, 10 – to the shooting range on Tuesday.
“I think it’s nice” she says. “It’s a great activity for the kids to do.”
They shot a haystack at home.
“It’s a nice change” said Christy Nulter. “It provides a bit of variety and it gives them the chance to hit something big.”
The boys seemed to be having fun.
“I would definitely let their grandfather take them out and shoot bows and arrows whenever he wanted,” she says.
Cross said he wants to open the range to all area schools with archery programs.
This fall/winter, the park will build an elevated shooting platform, 10 to 12 feet high, to the range of two targets at 20 and 40 meters that will simulate shooting from a tree.
The only thing park officials ask is that shooters not use broadhead arrows with razor-like ends. People are asked to use only field advice.
“Broad arrows could destroy targets very quickly”, says Cross.
Bob Zellny of Waverly was at the range Tuesday with his crossbow.
“It’s great, better than what we had before” he said. “Looks like it’s going to last a long time.
“Kids will love it and adults will love it.”
Mountwood Park board member Bill Summers praised the design of the range and its availability to people, as well as configuring the mounts specifically for crossbow shooters.
“This is the only public archery range in Wood County”, he said. “It’s good for the development of young children and hunters.
“I think it’s going to be a great attraction.”