I attended the opening of a new indoor archery and air rifle range this week at Linn State Technical College. It’s in the lower level of their Activity Center. The Missouri Department of Conservation provided some partnership funds to help Linn Tech develop it. A variety of their staff pitched in to create it. A local artist also added a wildlife scene along one wall.
It will be a little gem of a place for Linn Tech students as well as local schools, youth groups and community members to use—whether they’re learning beginning archery or more advanced skills.
Conservation Commissioner Chip McGeehan (who is also an avid bowhunter) and Assistant Director Tim Ripperger joined other MDC staff, students and staff from Linn Tech, and local community members to dedicate the range.
A few schools in the area are already engaged in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP), so they’ll find this an especially useful facility. However, the new range promises to be an attraction community-wide.
Our goal is to help Missourians continue to stay engaged in the outdoors (even if it means learning skills indoors at first). Across the state, the Conservation Department supports 70 unstaffed outdoor ranges which include about 30+ archery ranges. We also manage five staffed shooting ranges. Partnerships like this one with Linn Tech are essential to help stretch tax and permit dollars so our agency can continue to help keep Missouri’s nature healthy and outdoor recreation plentiful.