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June 18 - Steve Addleman’s face is a picture of focused concentration as he drew his arrow down on a 10-point buck lying motionless in a forest at Boondocks Farms in Knightstown. His eyes, fixed and unblinking, barely move as the whisper-quiet arrow zings from his compound bow, finding its mark just behind the buck’s muscular shoulder 25 yards down-range.
The buck isn’t real of course. And the hunt is pure fiction – part of a new 3-D archery range established at Greg Hochstedler’s Boondocks Farms. Addleman’s three fellow competitors laugh and look at his accurate shot through expensive binoculars.
“It’s the next best thing to actually hunting,” Addleman said, wiping beads of perspiration from his brow. “Plus, 3-D ranges keep me tuned up for when it is hunting season.”
Three four archers have been at it for nearly three hours, shooting at 30 different game targets hidden away down narrow wooded alleys across part of the Boondocks property. Each target has target rings for which each archer aims. The different target areas are weighted with points and participants keep score, much like a golf match.
According to Glenn Fohr of Indianapolis, another of Addleman’s competitors, there are only four similar 3-D archery ranges in Indiana, one in Quincy, another at Camp Atterbury, one Morgantown and one in Anderson. The addition of the Boondocks Farms range is welcome, he said. “This is a nice course,” Fohr said. “It’s nice to have another option.”
These ranges really help you learn how to judge yardages and get the kill shots,” Addleman said. “Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and have fun. Where else can you can spend 10 dollars and have three hours of fun?”
A variety of targets appear throughout the course, including deer, bears, wolves and even a crocodile. Score cards are provided as is transportation to and from the range. Most of the course’s terrain is flat, but archers do have to contend with Montgomery Creek, which flows in and around a good portion of it.
(Eric Cox photos)
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