Markham Park Archery Range
Markham Park also includes an outdoor archery range. Targets can be positioned at distances of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards.
Targets are provided at the range, but archers must bring their own equipment (broad tip arrow and crossbow shooters must bring their own target bags). Archers must be at least 8 years old to shoot.
The complete Archery Range Rules and Regulations are available at the park. Call or email to receive the rules and regulations prior to arriving to the range.
Registration at the Rifle/Pistol Range building at the Markham Park Target Range is required prior to shooting.
Markham Park is also seeking volunteers for the archery range. Volunteers must be over 18, call the park for additional information! For more information on volunteering, rules or anything else regarding the archery range, contact the Markham Park Target Range office at 954-357-5143.
Archery Range Fees:
Adults (ages 18+): $7 plus tax per hour
Juniors (ages 8 to 17): $5 plus tax per hour
Archery Range Hours:
Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays: 1 to 5pm
Thursdays and Fridays: Closed
Saturdays and Sundays: 8am to 5pm
MARKHAM PARK ARCHERY RANGE RULES:
1. Know and obey all range commands.
2. Secure all loose clothing. No open-toed shoes.
3. Keep your arrows in your quiver until you are told to shoot by range staff.
4. Always keep your arrows pointed down or towards the target. SKY DRAWING IS NOT PERMITTED.
5. Always be absolutely sure that the path to the target and beyond is clear.
6. All shooting shall be at the target directly in front of you. No cross shooting allowed.
7. When pulling arrows, stand to the side of the target. Make sure no one is standing behind you.
8. Only release the bow string at full draw when there is an arrow on the string.
9. If you drop an arrow, leave it on the ground.
10. When retrieving arrows, walk DO NOT RUN toward the target and back to the line.
11. All archers must shoot from the same firing line. Do not go forward of the firing line until directed to do so.
12. No drawing of bows unless on the firing line.
13. Broad-head/razor-head arrows and crossbows may be shot only at target butts supplied by the archer.
14. Cellphone usage must be outside the fenced area.15.Always treat your fellow archers with respect.
MARKHAM PARK ARCHERY RANGE PROCEDURES:
Stand behind the waiting line until you hear the Range Officer give the okay to start shooting. Archers can pick up and/or take their bows from the rack and take position on the shooting line.
Place your bow on your toes. Keep your arrows in your quiver or provided holder until you hear the range officer give the command to begin shooting.
After you have shot all your arrows, set your bow down and/or hang your bow on the rack, step back from the shooting line and wait behind the shooting line until all shooters have finished.
Once everyone is done shooting and all archers are completely behind the shooting line, the Range Officer will give the command to walk forward to the targets. One archer at a time per target will then pull arrows.
IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW:
Let Down – returning from full draw to the undrawn position with control and not releasing the string.
Draw – to pull the bow string back.
Anchor – consistent placement of the drawing hand to a position on the face, mouth, or jaw.
End – a set number of arrows that are shot before going to the target to score and retrieve them.
Follow through – maintaining the motion of the upper body muscles after releasing the string.
11 STEPS TO ARCHERY SUCCESS:
1. STANCE – Open foot position
2. NOCK- Nock arrow onto string
3. DRAWING HAND SET – Hook the bow string in the archer’s groove
4. BOW HAND SET – Center the bow’s grip under the lifeline of the relaxed bow hand
5. PRE-DRAW – Raise the bow arm and drawing arm to eye level
6. DRAW – Pull the string to the side of the face
7. ANCHOR – index finger at the corner of the mouth
8. AIM – Align the string, riser, arrow rest, and/or arrow point on the target
9. SHOT SET-UP – Begin a slight rearward movement of the drawing shoulder, arm, and elbow. Initiate release anytime during the movement
10. RELEASE – relax the hooked fingers and the back of the drawing hand all at once
11. FOLLOW THROUGH – the drawing hand thumb touches or is near the shoulder.
This park employs a Lightning Prediction System, which will sound a 15-second horn blast, accompanied by a flashing strobe, alerting you a stormis imminent. Once the alarm has sounded and strobes remain flashing, outdoor activity is to be suspended and shelter sought immediately, either in a large building or an enclosed vehicle. Outdoor activity may be resumed only after you hear (3) five-second horn blasts indicating the storm has moved out of the area. IF YOU REMAIN OUTDOORS AFTER A WARNING ALARM IS ISSUED, PLEASE BE ADVISED YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Rangemaster will remove any archer whose behavior is detrimental to the safe operation of the range.