MDC opens new and improved archery range on Busch Conservation Area

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The renovation of the archery range on the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles is nearing completion. The new Archery Range Complex will open for public use on Thursday, June 4, following a dedication ceremony and public open house. The grand opening ceremony and dedication comments will begin at 4 p.m.

Immediately after the ceremony, the range will be available from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for an open house which will allow the public to tour the facility before it is open for shooting. At 5:30 p.m., the new archery range will officially open for public use. The first full day of operation will be Friday, June 5.

The renovation project began last fall and entailed an extensive overhaul of the facility.

The new Archery Range Complex occupies the same location as before but now offers a static range with 20 targets, including 14 targets arranged from 10 – 40 yards in five yard increments. The static range also offers an elevated platform approximately 10 feet in height with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access that includes six targets, one every five yards between 15 and 40 yards. The static range will also incorporate two ADA parking spots and ADA-compliant concrete sidewalks and accesses.

There are now also two walk-through field archery ranges that include a mile-long loop trail and a half-mile out-and-back trail, also with 14 target stations each. Target distances from 10 – 60 yards will be provided on both walk through ranges. Each target lane includes a short marked distance and a longer marked distance to accommodate different levels of skill.

The normal operating hours of the Archery Range Complex will be Tuesday – Sunday, 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted. The range will be closed on Mondays for maintenance. The range is unstaffed and use will be free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the new Busch Area Archery Range Complex, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D. approximately two miles west of Highway 94.