Bow hunting season for white-tail deer starts up again November 19th, and we’ve got archery on the brain.
According to the Wisconsin DNR, prior to the first bow hunting season, archery in Wisconsin focused almost entirely on target shooting and field competition. In the 1920s, competitions were scheduled almost every Saturday from spring through fall. The events were often day-long affairs attracting all ages and both sexes.
As the sport grew in popularity, archery clubs were established across the state. Today, many schools even offer archery as part of their physical education courses. It has never been easier to take up this exciting hobby. For those interested, indoor shooting ranges are great for honing your skills. The Antlers Archery Club in Weston offers realistic hunting settings with a wide variety of bows, arrows and accessories. Northern Archery in Park Falls has both indoor and outdoor shooting on a 3-D range from 25 to 50 yards away.
If you’re looking to go from the range to the field, there is no shortage of public hunting and wildlife areas in Wisconsin. In the southeast, the Mazomanie Unit features marsh terrain and boasts over 4,200 acres of roaming! Or head up to the Northwoods and venture out into the upland forests of the Pine-Popple Wild Rivers where you’ll find plenty of game.
Before purchasing any hunting license, including an archery license, you’ll need certification, so be sure to enroll in a bow hunting safety education course through the Wisconsin DNR. Courses cover the history of bowhunting, marksmanship fundamentals, laws, equipment and other fundamentals.
Are you an avid archer? Where do you go for practice and hunting?