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Taking aim at Trosper Archery Range

Trosper Park venue hosts young and old archers alike.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 31, 2013

The Trosper Archery Range is in Trosper Park south of downtown Oklahoma City, about a half-mile east of Interstate 35 at 2201 SE Grand Blvd.

The Trosper Archery Club operates the range, but it is open to the public on most Saturdays from March through August. Nonmembers must pay a daily fee of $5. On other dates, nonmembers must make an appointment to shoot, but they may also shoot in any of the leagues that the club sponsors year-round.

Those include an indoor league at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex, a 3D league, a target league and a field league. The Trosper Archery Range has two field league courses that wind through the woods, including the largest field league range in the state.

During September, the 3D course gets busy with bow hunters who are sighting in equipment for the upcoming archery seasons. Bow hunters just need to make an appointment with the club to shoot.

In addition to the JOAD program, the Trosper Archery Club also offers lessons to adults.

The club, which has about 400 active members, maintains a range consisting of practice targets, a 3D course, two 14-target field courses and a target course.

“We are trying to get more participation in the club,” said Kasey Gipson, president of the Trosper Archery Club. “Mowing and weed-eating these ranges takes quite a bit of work.

“We have some big national tournaments we host here. It's a great thing to have right in the middle of Oklahoma City, a place where you can go shoot. We are really fortunate to have this here.”

Next year, the club will offer working and non-working memberships as prices will be discounted to those who help maintain the courses and volunteer to work at events.

The club often hosts tournaments. In two weeks, Trosper will be the site of the Oklahoma Archery Association's State Target Championships.

“We have some big national shoots coming next year,” Gipson said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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