A fellow I’ve shot with posted a picture of his practice on Facebook. He’s got a nice indoor range at his home. I was envious. My range is outside and it is cold.
My old range for indoor distances began in a shed where I stood next to a heater. It was cold but not in the wind and it was warmer than outside standing in the shed. My new range at my home in Georgia is entirely outside.
It is a nice range. I can practice out to 90 meters and have a 3D range with 18 animals on it. I’ve also put an outdoor propane heater on the target range. I stand next to it when I shoot. It isn’t all that bad. It isn’t as nice as this friend’s indoor range.
He’s an elite archer and built his house to accommodate a range in the basement. That is pretty awesome. He doesn’t shoot 3D so he doesn’t need a large area for foam animals. He does have a nice outdoor 70-meter range.
The temperature here when I practiced today was 37°F. The average for this day is 60°F. I know this cold won’t last and the mild winters we have here will return. Even so, I got out and shot.
Yesterday, there was a misty light rain and it wasn’t much warmer. I ended up with 180 arrows shot before I was frozen. I didn’t try to ignite the propane heater in the rain.
Despite the cold and damp weather going outside to practice archery beats staying indoors.