DEC recently announced the opening of the Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the town of Wilton, NY, stating “(this is) the first of the genre in New York State and will provide a unique recreational opportunity for both novice and expert archers and archers.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “DEC’s first-ever archery range, Saratoga Sand Plains, will encourage more New Yorkers to take up archery as a sport and help prepare for archery as a sport. hunters for the hunting season.

Both novice and experienced bow and crossbow users will appreciate this opportunity to enjoy the recreational aspects of New York’s archery heritage. The range will also benefit the local community, and CED thanks the city of Wilton and our other partners for their help in the development and opening of this new facility.

The stand features 16 targets; eight adult lanes ranging from 15 to 50 meters, four youth lanes from five to 20 meters and four lanes accessible by an elevated platform of up to 40 meters.

The raised platform simulates shots from a tree when hunting deer and allows archers to practice shots from known distances and angles, promoting safer shot placements for environments urban and rural. Archers should use a full body harness and connect to the carabiners on the platform while using the raised stand.

The building of the lineup shows what can be accomplished when local, state and federal agencies work together towards a common worthwhile goal. It was funded with approximately $ 15,000 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State and City of Wilton Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fishing Program.

DEC said it worked closely with the City of Wilton on all phases of the project, with the city donating municipal time, materials and equipment to help clear trees and stumps, build the parking lot and build the raised platform.

“Funding for wildlife restoration is an important resource for national fish and wildlife agencies to provide safe and clean public target shooting opportunities,” said Richard Zane, US Fish and Wildlife biologist. Wildlife Service who advised the DEC on this project.

“These target beaches are great places for families to participate in outdoor activities and are also important in local communities and youth programs.”

Wilton Town Supervisor John Lant said: “This archery park is great equipment for sports fans in our area and for the residents of Wilton. It was a pleasure to work with DEC on this project.

Wilton Planning and Engineering Director Ryan Riper added, “The archery project is an example of a successful joint effort between DEC and the municipality for the benefit of the community.

Both entities have worked over the past two years to make this happen. I hope this project will promote other like-minded recreational enhancements in our area for public enjoyment.

The archery range is close to several schools that participate in the National School Archery Program (NASP) and is an ideal location for the Saratoga County 4H Sport Shooting Program and courses. training of bow hunters from DEC.

Bill Schwerd, executive director of the Saratoga County Cornell Co-operative Extension Association and director of shooting sports for NYS 4-H, is a strong supporter of youth shooting sports and other programs. Bill said about the project,

“Young people, and especially families, will appreciate the opportunities offered by the range. Melissa Neeley, DEC Region 5 Hunter Education Coordinator had the dream, and her team worked long and hard to make the range a reality by creating a safe environment for shooters of all ages.

Opening just before the 2021 Summer Olympics, I expect participation to increase as the Olympic archery disciplines introduce archery to a new generation of shooters.

Congratulations to everyone who made the range possible. I look forward to many more across New York.

Melissa Neely, Senior Wildlife Biologist and Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for DEC’s Fish and Wildlife Resources Division, designed the plot to create a safe recreation area for the community while prioritizing hunters and to archers.

The archery range is open and maintained year round for public use. To protect public safety, the following rules and regulations apply:

The shooting range is only open during daylight hours, unless authorized;

No alcoholic beverages allowed;

Arrows can only be notched on the bowstring when they are standing on the shooting line and preparing to shoot;

Shooting is only permitted from the firing line and only at designated targets;

Shooters are permitted to bring in and shoot at a paper target placed over an existing target as long as it is removed from the range once an individual has finished shooting. Personal targets are not permitted on the firing range, except when authorized;

Bows should be hung on the bow hanger behind the shooting line while waiting to shoot or while archers are down range to retrieve their arrows. No shooting is allowed as long as someone is within shooting range;

All persons must stay behind the firing line while firing;

Bow arrows weighing 30 pounds or more can only be shot at targets in the adult shooting range. Bow arrows under 30 pounds of pulling weight can be shot at targets in the range of youth or adults;

Only arrows with field or target points can be used or owned on the range. No hunting point may be owned on the shooting range, except by permit;

All persons standing or using the raised platform must wear a full body harness, including shoulder straps and leg straps, and attach to the appropriate safety carabiner; and

There are no garbage cans on site. Please transport all garbage and dispose of it at home.

Happy hunting, fishing and trapping until next time.

The results of the local bass tournament have arrived: Bill Johnson announced that the results of the first Lake Taghkanic bass tournament are as follows – First place went to the father and son team of Gerry and Chris Damm from Elizaville with 14.38 lb.

In second place, Ben Hart and Todd Shook of Columbiaville weighed 13.07 lbs. and third place went to Brett Holmes and Justin Brantley of Claverack at 11.10 pounds. Lunker was caught by Ben Hart and weighed 4.35 lbs.

The next tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17 from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration is $ 40.00 per person and includes entry for the price of the lunker. The weigh-in is at West Beach. Payment of 100% for the 1st place, 30% for the 2nd 25%, 20% for the 4th and 15% for the 5th 10% with the 6th place recovering their registration fees.

Tournament rules are five fish per boat, fish must be live at weigh-in, live bait is allowed. Boats must have a fishpond. For more information, call Bill Johnson at (518) 537-5455.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

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