New Hampshire archers and bowhunters warming up for the fall deer and turkey archery seasons can practice their shooting skills at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department archery facilities at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Both are open to the public.

The archery ranges at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown are managed by New Hampshire Fish and Game. The woodland archery range was outfitted with new targets last year. Bear Brook also features a 4-target practice range that is universally accessible. For more information on day use at Bear Brook State Park, (http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/bear-brook-state-park.aspx), call 603- 485-9874.

Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness offers another practice opportunity for archers. A woodland archery course features 14 game targets placed in a variety of challenging situations at varying angles and distances. The first target is wheelchair accessible with signed parking nearby. The woodland course is free and open daily from dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted. Broadheads are not allowed for safety and maintenance reasons. The center also offers a 4-target archery practice range that is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For directions, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Fish and Game’s archery ranges are maintained by its Hunter Education Program, which is funded by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, a user-pay, user-benefit program supported by an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more at http://www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.

Logo courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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