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Presenting Archery to a homeowners' association for land use. Any suggestions?

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         Hi all, I have a golden opportunity to make a presentation to my home owners association. The issue is a piece of land that is not being used. I would like to use it for a small range for taking maybe 20 to 30 yard shots maximum. I have a positive feedback from one of the board members already.         He suggests that I make a short presentation and create a diagram showing where exactly I would be shooting. (I won’t use that word)  I have safety statistics and photos of the area.         It is a grass area that no one uses and butts up against a large hill of about 200 feet in height that is so steep that you cannot climb it. I feel that it is a perfect area for this for several reasons but have never made a presentation like this before. If anyone out there has done this before or has suggestions for me please feel free to offer them. I appreciate any and all feedback whether positive or negative. I’ll repost the results after next weeks’ meeting so that anyone else in my position might benefit from the information.          Have a great day!          Greg C

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If you are a target archer, try emphasizing that. The uninformed associate bowhunting with lethality.  Of course, that is reasonable.  When I dismiss my own shooting as "Oh, no, target only.  The points aren’t even sharp.  You couldn’t use this bow or arrows for hunting.  I never hunt.  This is OLYMPIC style archery, but of course not Olympic quality.  I use a much much less powerful bow than a hunter would…."  A lot of people figure that pure target shooting equipment is a lot safer.  They are reassured by that.  Keep in mind also that a lot of people object to hunting or anything related to hunting.  So, if you are a target shooter, use that to your advantage. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > Hi all, I have a golden opportunity to make a presentation to my > home owners association. The issue is a piece of land that is not being > used. I would like to use it for a small range for taking maybe 20 to 30 > yard shots maximum. I have a positive feedback from one of the board members > already. >         He suggests that I make a short presentation and create a diagram > showing where exactly I would be shooting. (I won’t use that word)  I > have safety statistics and photos of the area. >         It is a grass area that no one uses and butts up against a large > hill of about 200 feet in height that is so steep that you cannot climb it. > I feel that it is a perfect area for this for several reasons but have never > made a presentation like this before. If anyone out there has done this > before or has suggestions for me please feel free to offer them. I > appreciate any and all feedback whether positive or negative. I’ll repost > the results after next weeks’ meeting so that anyone else in my position > might benefit from the information. >          Have a great day! >          Greg C

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1. Use the FITA rulebooks to define your target range.   Emphasize the international standard these create.    Tie the FITA rules to the Olympic effort and philosophy. 2. There was a recent article in the ARCHERY FOCUS magazine, say, two issues back, that did a reasonable treatise on relative safety.  Include that article. 3. Affiliate yourself with the NAA – say, start a JOAD or tie-in with an existing JOAD – The NAA offers low-cost insurance that will be invaluable, and as the US representative to the Olympics, the NAA provides a lot of respectability. 4. You may be able to acquire funding from your state’s Fish and Game Department – it’s called the Pittman – Robertson Act –   I’ve put a set of docs on it up on the website – link on the TSAA website to that as well – do a search on "pittman". 5.  Gather as many archers, especially kids, but also professional, responsible, adults.  Bring them as a body of support to meetings. Links for 1 and 3 and 4 are on the TSAA website.     http://www.archeryfocus.com for #2. http://www.texasarchery.org HTH. TexARC – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – >          Hi all, I have a golden opportunity to make a presentation to my > home owners association. The issue is a piece of land that is not being > used. I would like to use it for a small range for taking maybe 20 to 30 > yard shots maximum. I have a positive feedback from one of the board members > already. >         He suggests that I make a short presentation and create a diagram > showing where exactly I would be shooting. (I won’t use that word)  I > have safety statistics and photos of the area. >         It is a grass area that no one uses and butts up against a large > hill of about 200 feet in height that is so steep that you cannot climb it. > I feel that it is a perfect area for this for several reasons but have never > made a presentation like this before. If anyone out there has done this > before or has suggestions for me please feel free to offer them. I > appreciate any and all feedback whether positive or negative. I’ll repost > the results after next weeks’ meeting so that anyone else in my position > might benefit from the information. >          Have a great day! >          Greg C

– TexARC publicize the sport of Archery!  http://www.texasarchery.org and put your name in body of message.

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One fairly obvious thing to check is the local laws regarding archery. In some parts of the world archery is in the same category as firearms so the law requires much more in the way of safety equipment and setup. I know that in Los Angeles County that you must have at least 300 yards clearance behind an archery target. This space must not cross other folks private property and may not cross a street or highway. — Arlington, Massachusetts USA

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- Hide quoted text — Show quoted text ->          Hi all, I have a golden opportunity to make a presentation to my > home owners association. The issue is a piece of land that is not being > used. I would like to use it for a small range for taking maybe 20 to 30 > yard shots maximum. I have a positive feedback from one of the board members > already. >         He suggests that I make a short presentation and create a diagram > showing where exactly I would be shooting. (I won’t use that word)  I > have safety statistics and photos of the area. >         It is a grass area that no one uses and butts up against a large > hill of about 200 feet in height that is so steep that you cannot climb it. > I feel that it is a perfect area for this for several reasons but have never > made a presentation like this before. If anyone out there has done this > before or has suggestions for me please feel free to offer them. I > appreciate any and all feedback whether positive or negative. I’ll repost > the results after next weeks’ meeting so that anyone else in my position > might benefit from the information. >          Have a great day!

Sounds like a good community project. If you need CAD plans drawing up, let me know, I’d be glad to lend a hand. I’m not sure if Marty is 100% right about the LA law. I suspect (but am not sure), that the 300yards rule is guidance on how to satisfy the law that says something like "must ensure that wayward arrows may not endanger the public". We have a similar thing in this country with Building Regulations. People think think that what is in the books is the way that they have to do it. This isn’t the case, they are just guidance. Check your local laws. Anyhow. Enjoy! I wish I had a range on my street! DV

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