Colorado Offers Unlimited Opportunities for Archers

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Colorado archer Mindy Paulek. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.

Archery is now more popular than ever. And there has never been a better time to explore your passion for archery. Whether you’ve been inspired by “The Hunger Games” films and are looking to shoot a bow and arrow for the very first time, or you are a proficient target shooter who’s ready to take aim at your first archery big-game hunt, the following resources will help you take your “game” to the next level.

Public Archery Ranges

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Need a place to shoot? Colorado Parks and Wildlife has got you covered! CPW manages a variety of archery ranges located throughout the state. To find the range nearest to you, view CPW’s Interactive Shooting-Range Map. Be sure to check out new archery ranges now open at Barr Lake and Cheyenne Mountain state parks. Some shooting ranges and archery pro-shops rent equipment. Please call for availability.

Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports

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Managed by the Colorado 4-H program at Colorado State University, the Shooting Sports Program is the most popular 4-H project in Colorado with more than 3,500 members participating. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program focuses on life-skills development as well as instilling the safe and responsible use of archery equipment and firearms with the youth of today. 4‑H members also have opportunities to test their shooting, hunting and sportsmanship skills in county, regional, state, and national competitions. For more information, visit the Colorado Shooting Sports website.

Archery in the Schools Program

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The National Archery in the Schools Program® (NASP®) brings the sport of archery to millions of students in schools across the USA and around the world. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the local sponsor of this archery education program, designed specifically for physical education teachers of fourth through twelfth grade students. Currently, more than 100 schools participate in this program in Colorado. If your school doesn’t already offer archery during PE class, be sure to tell your PE teacher about this exciting opportunity!

Higher Education for Archers

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in conjunction with the National Bowhunter Education Foundation and Colorado Bowhunters Association, offers bowhunter education courses to assist archery hunters. The in-depth course provides a wealth of information for both beginner and experienced shooters alike, including archery safety and ethics, bowhunting methods and outdoor survival, etc. Students are also presented with an overview of the different types of bows, arrows and other equipment available to archery hunters. For further information and class schedules, visit the Bowhunter Education page or view the events calendar to see upcoming classes.

Colorado Bowhunters Association

Founded in 1969, The Colorado Bowhunters Association has a rich history of promoting the sport of archery and bowhunting in Colorado.The CBA offers educational programs and hosts a variety of annual shooting clinics and “jamborees” for both novice and experienced shooters. The CBA website features upcoming educational events and other valuable resources. 

Colorado Traditional Archers Society

The Colorado Traditional Archery Society is an organization comprised of individuals with common roots in traditional archery who prefer to use longbows, recurve bows and related equipment. CTAS promotes traditional archery for every member of the family and offers youth-centered educational programs and mentored hunts. Visit the CTAS website for further details.

Big Thompson Bowhunters

The Big Thompson Bowhunters Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sport of bowhunting. Located in northern Colorado, the BTB supports and hosts a variety of archery and wildlife-related activities. Events include 3-D archery shoots, family fun shoots and educational workshops for both expert and novice archers. For further information, visit the BTB website.

How to Shoot a Compound Bow

Modern compound bows are packed with innovative features, which make them an excellent choice for both target shooters and big-game hunters. In this Colorado Outdoors “Quick Tip” video, you will learn the basic fundamentals for shooting a compound bow safely and accurately.

Bowhunter Testimonial

Archer extraordinaire Mindy Paulek touches on the inspiration that fuels her passion for archery, offers advice to other aspiring female archers and explains how bowhunting has helped her to develop a deeper connection to family and nature.

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