Q: How long are the Beginner archery classes?
A: The classes are approximately two hours long.
Q: When can I shoot at the range?
A: If you have your own equipment, you can shoot during Open Shooting sessions or during other hours when the range is available. If you do not have your own equipment, and you have taken the Beginners class, you can shoot during the Open Shooting sessions using the range’s equipment.
Q: When is the range open?
A: Generally the range’s availability is determined by the park’s hours. For the most current park hours, visit the Cheviot Hills Park’s website.
Q: Can kids take the safety class?
A: Yes. Kids at least 7 years old, and with an adult, can take the class.
Q: I have my own equipment. Can I shoot during Open Shooting hours?
A: If you are an experienced archer, you can shoot during Open Shooting hours. If you have your own bow but have not used it in years, we highly recommend you take the Beginner class as a refresher course.
Q: Do I have to take the Beginners Archery class to shoot at the range?
A: To use the range’s equipment and shoot during Open Shooting hours, the Beginners Archery class is required. Aside from teaching you how to handle a bow, the class is also given to teach you the safety rules of the range to ensure that you do not harm yourself or others on the range.
Even if you have your own equipment, if have never used the bow the class is highly recommended for your safety and others.
The bow is not a toy and the range takes its safety rules very seriously. If it becomes clear that you do not know how to handle your equipment safely, you may be asked to step away from the shooting line for the safety of those around you.
Q: Do I have to take the safety class if I have my own equipment?
A: If you are an experienced archer, the Beginner class is not necessary. But, if you have not used it in years, we highly recommend you take the Beginner class as a refresher course.
Q: Are there other ways I can learn to shoot aside from the free Beginner lessons?
A: There are instructors who offer private lessons. Ask one of the range’s volunteers for further information.
Q: Who is the person in charge at the range?
A: The range is run by a collective of experienced volunteers and certified instructors. If you have questions about the range or equipment, ask your instructor or one of the many volunteers handing out equipment or monitoring the shooting line.
Q: I don’t have my own equipment. Do I have to pay a rental fee to use the range’s equipment?
A: Once you take the Beginners class, you can use the range’s equipment free of charge.
Q: What type of equipment is allowed at the range?
A: You can use recurve, traditional and compound bows. To prevent excessive damage to the range’s target wall, the use of crossbows is discouraged. Arrows with broadhead tips are not allowed.
Q: How long is the archery range?
A: The range is 30 meters long.
Q: What distance do most archers shoot from at the range?
A: During the Saturday and Sunday Open Shooting hours, archers shoot from the 18 meter line. During the Wednesday night open shoot, archers typically shoot from 25 meters.
Q: How old must a kid be in order to shoot at the range?
A: Kids ages 7 years or older and accompanied by an adult can shoot at the range.
Q: How can I sign up for the Beginner safety class?
A: There currently isn’t a way to sign up for classes before the day they are given. Classes are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. See the archery class page for more detail.
Q: What sort of teaching certification do the range instructors have?
A: All range instructors are certified by the USA Archery and National Field Archery Association.