Elm Fork Archery Range

 

 

Archery at Elm Fork Shooting Sports Complex!

Texans Archery Club operates all archery ranges and events at Elm Fork. The archery range is located on the northwest corner of the 500 acre Elm Fork Shooting Sports Complex at 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220 (www.elmfork.com).  

Features:

The Elm Fork Shooting Complex offers multiple shooting sports (pistol, rifle, shotgun, and ARCHERY) in one convenient location. The archery range is isolated on the northwest end away from most gun ranges, a sporting clays course is adjacent – so there is gun noise. This is a flood plain, sometimes swampy, with open and forested undeveloped land. Wear appropriate clothing and insect preparation. Most of our areas have gravel walk paths, but be on watch for poison ivy, snakes and critters. Form Wall, Instruction Range, and Practice Range are well groomed. The Elm Fork Shooting Complex Park Range emphasis is a 3D range that is accessible for high level shooters to practice for tournaments (ASA targets), AND, the range offers a bowfishing range area for members. You will notice we are surrounded by water, a unique offering in Texas!

Different archery games to enjoy description


 

The Elm Fork outdoor archery range is operated by Texans Archery Club (www.DallasArchery.com) - offering the public an opportunity to experience archery at safe practice facilities with certified instruction programs. Elm Fork is one of multiple venues Texans offers the public and its’ membership program – unique, is the 30,000sf indoor Texas Archery Academy (www.TexasArcheryAcademy.org) dedicated to archery training

NOTE:  The TAC range at Elm Fork is open to members Wednesday thru Sunday, roughly daylight hours.

Hours and Procedures

Sign in with the Range Officer on duty to access the ranges FIRST

At Elm Fork, the general public are invited to experience archery with us Saturdays 9am-noon by attending our Archery Park “Fun Shoot” in the Instruction Range (ONLY).  

This is a Fun Shoot only, meant to give the public an opportunity to experience archery and get resources on learning more.  You can shoot a couple ends for FREE, or shoot for 30 minutes for $10. All equipment is provided by us, NO OTHER EQUIPMENT IS ALLOWED. Our certified instructor will give basic instruction (NOT A PRIVATE LESSON) and control all shooting and safety.  Ages under 10 will need parental assistance.


Public with their own equipment may use the Elm Fork range  Saturdays 9am-noon (after range certification shooting test) range fee is $10 for access.  

We also offer an Intro to Archery class  held at Texas Archery Academy weekly (cost $10, includes equipment) 

Interested in archery lessons, classes, seminars…  “Book Now” to make a class/lesson reservation

To schedule corporate events or birthday parties please contact:

Texans Archery Club Director:   Clint Montgomery

 

Texans Archery Club (TAC) is a private non-profit club, and membership is available to the general public. Annual cost for  memberships is $120 for a family…NO RANGE FEES.  Members are requested to perform one hour of service work per calendar year. This is performed at an organized activity (such as a tournament, function or work party). You may complete our on-line Membership form; or sign up in person at Texas Archery Academy (open Tuesday thru Sunday 11am – 7pm).


Here is a summary of what our Elm Fork ranges include:

 

Instruction Range

* set in a cool, shady wooded area – nature trail style instruction, before shooting
* Easel-style targets with foam backstop wall behind them
* max shooting distance of 25 yds
* permanent instructional signs with detailed lessons for beginning archers
* picnic tables under pavilion for classes and parties
* gravel surface to prevent muddy conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form Wall

* set in a cool, shady wooded area – if not attending a class, new shooters Range Certify here before accessing other ranges. Range Certification is shooting six arrows from 10 yards at a 12″ target (5 of 6 arrows must hit in target).

* oversized foam-panel wall (12 ft wide, 8 ft tall) for developing shooting form, testing new gear, etc. in safe setting, max shooting distance of 20 yds

* paper tuning rack
* gravel surface to prevent muddy conditions

 

 

Practice Range

* targets at distances from 10 – 50 yds
* walk-up shooting platform positioned to shoot 3D targets available for “stump shooting”
* gravel surface to prevent muddy conditions
* picnic tables, bulletin board, archery shed with loaner bows/arrows


 

 

Long-Distance/FITA Range

* FITA Range: field targets at 10 to 90 meters

 

Broadhead Range
* shady lane with broadhead Cube targets, with optional 2D animal targets, 3D “stumps” old target pieces.
* set your own shooting distance; max is approx 55 yds
* tripod stand in place from which to practice those angled shots you might have when hunting

  • Crossbow Usage: Allowed on Broadhead and  Practice Ranges ONLY



3-D Woods Range

*open full-time (big gravel nature trail loop)

* Long lanes set up to handle all level of shooter, featuring multiple targets – fun and challenging setups
* Some targets may be shot from optional stands
* Unlimited ways to vary the setups and use this area!

 

3-D Tournament Configuration
* 30 Lane setup using additional portions of property

Description of 3D Archery

3D archery is a subset of field archery focusing on shooting at life-size models of game, and is popular with hunters. It is most common to see unmarked distances in 3D archery, as the goal is to accurately recreate a hunting environment for competition, albeit a more loosely organized form of competition than other types of field archery.

On these animals there are 4 rings, only 3 of these are used in ASA shoots. The one that isn’t used very often is the 14 ring. This can only be scored if you call it before you shoot, and even then it may not be allowed. Next is the 12 ring inside of the 10 ring, inside of the 8 ring. Anything on the target that is outside of the 8, 10, 12, or 14 rings is a 5. If you miss the target, you score a zero.

Though the goal is hunting practice, hunting tips (broadheads) are not used, as they would tear up the foam targets too much. Normal target or field tips, of the same weight as the intended broadhead, are used instead.