Oklahoma City now has a place for bow hunters to practice

New range at Crystal Lake free to the public and has a 14-foot-high platform.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: September 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm •  Published: September 2, 2012
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photo - ARCHERY: Jeff Steele, left and Rob Stillwagon aim at a targets from a tower near Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The tower simulates hunting from a tree stand. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
ARCHERY: Jeff Steele, left and Rob Stillwagon aim at a targets from a tower near Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 14, 2012. The tower simulates hunting from a tree stand. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

City Care took the idea to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Rich Fuller for guidance, who suggested also adding the elevated platform, similar to what is being built at community archery parks in Alabama and other states.

“It provides a more realistic hunting experience,” Cargill said. “I think it is going to get pretty busy over the next month.”

Shooters using the tower must bring and wear a safety harness which can be clipped to hooks on the posts. Broadheads are prohibited.

The archery range is open from daylight to dark, seven days a week, except on days when City Care is holding an event at the lake, Cargill said.

The Crystal Lake Archery Club, organized through Arrowhead Archery, maintains the ranges and will hold 3D tournaments at the lake.

A nominal fee might be charged in the future to non-club members, Cargill said. But for now, it's the best bargain in town for bow hunters who need a place to practice.

“Instead of someone crawling up on their roofs or up their tree stands to practice, it's more convenient just to walk up some steps and shoot some arrows,” Cargill said.

If you go

To get to the Crystal Lake archery range, exit south from Interstate 40 on MacArthur.

Go a half-mile south, then turn west on SW 15th and travel until the road dead ends.

For more information on Crystal Lake and the archery park, call Arrowhead Archery at 670-2697, email arrowheadarchery@att.net, or call 826-4735.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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