The Tricity Gun Club archery range consists of a practice area with ground mounted Yellow Jacket targets ranging from 10 yards to 70 yards. These targets are for use only with target points or field points. The firing line is located at the west side on the concrete pad and accommodates up to 18 shooters. There are also 5 hay bale target butts at 20, 30, 40, 60, and 80 yards respectively for those wishing to practice with broad heads or mechanically activated hunting tips. Crossbows are welcome at all times with the same restrictions other bows. DO NOT overshoot the 80 yard target as safety zone distances to the field range trail are predicated on this as the maximum allowable shot. Flight shooting or lofting is NOT PERMITTED at any time.
There is a 12 target field range, all are hay bale butts and range from 10 yards to 80 yards. The field area IS NOT an NFAA range. Any type point may be used on the hay bale butts. There are several 3D targets available however, these are used only during planned events when the range is staffed with TCGC archery instructors and range safety officers. Only target points and field points may be used on the 3D targets. Several power poles are placed in the field area next to the number 9 shooting lane and are for those wishing to use their personal tree stands. There is one elevated shooting platform located at the number 2 shooting position. Use of the stands and platform is at the shooter’s own risk. The field range trail between the number 10 and 11 shooting positions crosses the extended centerline of the practice range but is located at sufficient distance to meet normally recognized safety standards in relation to the practice range. Field shooters should coordinate with practice range shooters prior to crossing the extended centerline.
During Daylight Savings Time the club offers instruction on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The class is primarily set up for children under 18. However, persons of any age are welcome to participate with the understanding that the youngsters have priority and the pacing is set to their skill level. All equipment is provided by the club and the instruction is free of charge.
TCGC shooting rules apply. So communication with fellow shooters is mandatory. Only targets directly in line with the shooter position may be engaged, cross range shooting is not permitted. When the range is cold bows are tabled, hung, or grounded in the practice area. In the field area bows are placed in front of the shooting stake or target face when retrieving scored or lost arrows. Standard field archery courtesy for lost and found arrows is practiced. A lost arrow container is located in the practice area. If you find an arrow place it there. To aid in arrow recovery, we strongly suggest using a personal crest on your arrows.
There is a trail beginning behind the CONEX and leads to a foot bridge that crosses the slough behind the restroom facility. We recommend archers and guests (especially children) use this path to get to the restroom as it avoids walking on the access road in the vicinity of a blind corner
The extended trail area of the field archery range from number 10 through number 12 lanes and the area beyond the 110 yard backstop on the practice range are prone to flooding. This draws wildlife; ducks, whitetail deer, and a bobcat; please leave them to freely go about their business. Flooding also draws mosquitoes, please plan accordingly.
TCGC FIELD RANGE SCORING FOR AN INFORMAL ANIMAL ROUND
This scoring method is modified from the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) rules to suit the variance in set up of the TCGC field range from that prescribed by the NFAA Constitution. A full round consists of 28 scored targets with a maximum score of 560 points. The maximum range target is 80 yards which differs from the NFAA rules that specify a maximum range of 60 yards.
ANIMAL TARGET FACE SCORING
A maximum of 3 arrows may be shot, only the highest score will be counted. An arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value.
21 points x-ring
20 points vital
18 points wound
17 points x-ring
16 points vital
14 points wound
13 points x-ring
12 points vital
10 points wound
Target 1 - Shooting stake 80 yards second and third shots 75 and 70 yards walk-up
Target 2a - Shooting stake 55 yards second and third shots 50 and 45 yards walk-up
Target 2b high stand - 55 yards 3shots from the stand no walk-up (if the shooter is acrophobic or cannot climb 3 shots may be taken
from the stake)
Target 3 - Shooting stake 49 yards second and third shots 44 and 39 yards walk-up
Target 4 - Shooting stake 37 yards second third shots no walk-up
Target 5 - Shooting stake 20 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 6 - Shooting stake 17 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 7 - Shooting stake 14 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 8 - Shooting stake 13 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 9 – Shooting stake 19 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 10a- Shooting stake 10 however the shot is to target 9 with no walk-up
Target 10b – Shooting stake 64 yards second and third shots 59 and 54 yards walk-up
Target 11 – Shooting stake 21 yards second and third shots no walk-up
Target 12 – Shooting stake 13 yards second and third shot no walk-up
To complete the 28 target course reverse the order of shooting if there are few shooters otherwise start again at target 1 for the second round.
Up to 3 marked arrows may be shot in successive order, only the highest scoring arrow will count. Targets with distance of 30 yards or greater may be considered walk-up targets; the first arrow must be shot from the stake, the second arrow from 5 yards closer and the third arrow from 10 yards closer to the target. For targets less than 30 yards all shots will be made from the target stake. No archer may advance to the target and then return to shoot again in the event of a missed arrow.