IA—Local archers will soon benefit from a new archery range. The outdoor range officially opens on Monday,
April 15 and features life size 3-D animal targets. It is located at Southwood
Conservation Area, one mile southwest of Smithland, Iowa and is operated by the
Woodbury County Conservation Board (WCCB).
assistance from local partners, including Sioux Valley Archery, WCCB created
the walking archery range on the
north end of the park off the Wood Duck trail. WCCB received a $5,000
grant from the Iowa DNR Shooting Sports Division to create this public archery
range and acquire the targets. An additional $3,300 grant from the Iowa Chapter
of Safari Club International assisted with signage and archery equipment.
The 3-D Archery Range includes 16 animal
targets at eight different shooting stations. The life size animal targets are
placed in varying distances from 20 to 50 yards, to allow for a variety of target
Each station has bow holders, station numbers
and signage. This target range will be for field archery points only and users
must provide their own archery equipment. All park rules and archery range
rules are posted and apply to all users. Hours of operation 6:00 a.m. until
dusk. The range will be open and targets available from April 15 – October 15.
Southwood is a multi-use area and hikers,
equestrian users, hunters and all user groups should be aware of the many
options available for recreation and be respectful of others.
For more information on
the range, contact Erik Lindsay, Assistant Resource Manager, at Southwood
Conservation Area at 712-889-2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.