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For Immediate Release
An Archery Park in Des Moines?
ATA leaders met with officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in November to review planning for an archery park in Des Moines, and to discuss quality bowhunting opportunities in Iowa for residents and nonresidents alike.
The plans call for the park to include a state-of-the-art archery facility to accommodate every aspect of archery from Olympic shooting to indoor and outdoor shooting ranges for kids. The DNR and the city of Des Moines are in the final stages of negotiations for building the park. Attending the meetings were Mitch King, ATA director of government relations; and ATA Board Chair Peter Crawford of G5 Outdoors. King and Crawford reviewed ongoing efforts to develop the Des Moines archery park, which is in the early planning stages.
King and Crawford also took this opportunity to discuss Iowa’s urban deer-management programs, as well as concerns and difficulties regarding the state’s nonresident drawing for archery deer licenses. Iowa’s nonresident deer licenses are subject to quotas that are more restrictive for archers than firearms hunters. The Iowa DNR and state Legislature are studying ways to continue providing quality archery opportunities for resident and nonresident archers.
The ATA will continue to work with the Iowa DNR on these issues, and provide updates as they become available.
To find out more about the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and how to become a member, visit www.archerytrade.org