Public to try out new range Sat., Sept. 12 at Sportsmen’s Park
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN - As a joint effort to expand membership and active participation, the Dassel Rod and Gun Club now offers a new archery range at Sportsmen’s Park.
“We’ve done a lot of work,” said Mike Colberg, on behalf of the Dassel Rod and Gun Club board.
The project began six weeks ago, and is expected to be completed before the club hosts its first-ever archery shoot Saturday, Sept. 12.
The new archery range includes 20- to 60-yard stationary target range.
Also available to club members, at their convenience, are three-dimensional targets including a deer and turkey.
There are also broad-head targets for sharp arrow, according to Colberg.
The Rod and Gun Club also purchased a bow press for tuning up bows.
As a way for the club to introduce young people to archery, there are bows, arrows and targets available for youth, as well.
What is most unique about the club’s archery range is the elevated shooting tower that has both a 9-foot- and a 13-foot-high platform to simulate shooting out of a deer stand.
The Dassel Rod and Gun Club is believed to be the only club in the area with such a tower, according to Colberg.
All of this is available for the cost of a $15 membership. The annual membership for 2010 will be $20.
Most public archery ranges charge at least $5 per visit, Colberg said.
Volunteers are what helped make this project possible, with about 25 people donating their time, labor, and materials.
“They went above and beyond the call,” Colberg said.
Other improvements made by the Rod and Gun Club includes the dredging out of the boat landing and the purchase of a new 48-foot maintenance-free dock to enhance the landing for the boating and recreational members.
The next phase of improvements the club hopes to begin next year is a dog training facility so that members will have a place to train and exercise their canine hunting companions.
The board encourages anyone with an interest in the outdoors and conservation to visit the Dassel Rod and Gun Club and consider becoming a member.
Public welcome to first-ever archery show
The Dassel Rod and Gun Club is inviting the public to its first-ever Fall Archery Shoot Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is free.