The public will soon have safe, free access to pursue the growing sport of archery. Crews plan to break ground on the Hellgate Archery Range at Missoula County’s Big Sky Park soon.
The facility will sit on county land and is funded through private donations and grants. It will accommodate 11 shooting bays with targets positioned at varying distances up to 80 yards. The location is expected to be completed in July. Also, it will be the only public archery range in the greater Missoula area.
The project is a partnership between Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands and the Hellgate Hunters and Anglers. The two groups have collaborated to plan and design the range since commissioners approved building it at the park two years ago. HHA is funding the project with a $50,000 grant from the Montana Shooting Range Grant Program, as well as through private donations.
In addition to funding construction, HHA also will be responsible for overseeing ongoing management and safety practices at the range.