Idaho Department of Fish and Game Opens New 20-Target Archery Range 

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When the renovation of Boise's Military Reserve to make way for a new bike skills park was announced, one stipulation was that the archery range located there would need to find a new home. Bow hunters and hobbyist archers who used the range were told that the City of Boise was committed to opening a replacement, likely at a different spot in the military reserve. On March 14, the city noted that access to the range had been pushed "further down the berm" from its original location, but it was still open for use. While a permanent solution is still in the works, the Idaho Department Fish and Game is offering another place for archers to hone their skills: A new, mile-long walk-through range in the Boise River Wildlife Management Area of the Boise Foothills.

"I do not believe that this is a replacement for [the Boise Military Reserve] range," IDFG Public Information Supervisor Roger Phillips told Boise Weekly.

UPDATE, May 7, 2:45 p.m.: Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway confirmed that the two ranges are separate. He said that the archery range at the Military Reserve will be relocated to the old police shooting range nearby, and should be open this summer. Additionally, he noted that Parks and Rec contributed $9,000 toward the new Boise River WMA range.

Located roughly 30 minutes from Boise by car, the range is 1.2 miles up East Highland Valley Road off of Idaho 21, 9 miles from Interstate 84 off Exit 57. It's free for the public to use, and features 20 three-dimensional, animal-shaped foam targets for bow hunters to take down. Its multiple stations allow for shooting from various distances, and a practice range lets beginners work on their shots while more experienced shooters warm up their bow arms.

“Some of the shots are fairly challenging, but I would call it an intermediate range,” Peter Ott, a Fish and Game senior wildlife technician at Boise River WMA, said in a press release. “It’s not the most challenging course you will find, but it’s not something you will get bored with after your first time through.”

To allow for the new range and keep both bikers and archers safe, IDFG has rerouted a portion of West Highland Valley Trail #11 to East Highland Valley Road. Weather permitting, the range will be open from sunrise to sunset through Friday, Nov. 15, and reopen in 2020 on Friday, May 1.

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