The area’s large population of bow hunters and archery enthusiasts will soon have a new facility in Farmington to make use of. Ground has been broken on a new walking trail archery range off Pimville Road, near the city yard waste site.

Farmington Parks and Recreation Director Chris Conway said the department has long been seeing interest in an archery facility from the area’s large community of archers, nearly 400 of whom recently entered to be drawn for the city’s manage deer hunt.

“We always get messages on Facebook, emails to the office and phone calls asking about the potential to add a site for some of the sportsmen in the area,” Conway said. “Recently, we did a managed deer hunt on city property and we had about 400 entries to be drawn for that.

“That was kind of the icing on the cake. At that point, Greg Beavers, Bud Norman and myself kind of got together and decided the best plan of action to get an archery range back in Farmington.”

Conway said workers are constructing a walking trail archery range with 15 lanes, each able to accommodate shots of up to 50 yards. The city has been working hand-in-hand with the Missouri Department of Conservation on the project.

“We met with them and they walked the course and approved it,” Conway said. “This will be a joint facility—a city facility and a conservation facility. They’ll help us with the finances and they helped us with some of the technicalities with course design. They’ll be helping out with some of the expenses like targets, target shelters and some of the labor that will go into it.”

Work on the project has progressed well since beginning, with the trails already being cut and the lanes laid out.

“It’s gone really well,” Conway said. “It’s a good time of year to cut the trails for this. We’re now mulching all the trails and the lanes with mulch from the yard waste site, which is right on the same property. That worked out very well for us.”

The next step will be the addition of the targets on the range, with Conway saying he hopes the project will be completed or very near completion in a month. He said the facility will provide the opportunity for competitions, but no such plans have been made as of yet.

“Initially, we’re hoping to add a static range where we could do some competitions and classes,” he said. “That’s still in the works, but nothing is set in stone yet.”

The facility will be located on city property on Pimville Road, approximately a half mile from Bray Road.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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