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Archery, pellet gun range opening during Chadron State Park celebration

Pellet range targets
The pellet gun range has both moving and stationary targets to provide a challenge for a wide range of skill levels. (NGPC/Justin Haag)

CHADRON, Neb. — Among the highlights of Chadron State Park’s centennial celebration June 11-12 will be the opening of its new indoor archery and pellet gun range. The grand opening and ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12.

Situated between the park’s office and Trading Post activities center, the 3,100-square-foot building will include both 3-D and bulls-eye archery targets, and a five-station pellet gun range with an automated interactive shooting gallery. The facility has a hunting theme with many of the targets simulating game animals of northwestern Nebraska. It is designed to entertain and challenge a wide range of ages and skill levels.

The range has a collection of new compound bows for use, or visitors may bring their own. Usage of the pellet range is limited to the park’s guns, which are powered to match the gallery’s targets.

A fee-based system, which charges visitors to use the shooting complex, will help fund its operation. Range safety officers will be on site to assist visitors. It will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the summer.

In recent years, the park also has developed an outdoor archery range with two moveable sight-in targets, and a range of nine other stations with an assortment of 3-D targets and bullseyes at various distances. That course, which is located in the southwestern portion of the park, is open during daylight and is free to users.

Nebraska Park Entry permits, which are required for vehicles entering the premises, may be purchased by visiting outdoornebraska.org, the park’s office or other vendors statewide.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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