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Wyman Museum opens new archery shooting range

Erin Fenner
Wyman Living History Museum will host "Cast and Twang," a day of free archery and fishing, with the help of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other agencies July 19. The event includes numerous activities, as well as a free barbecue lunch.
Erin Fenner

If you go

What: Archery and fishing lunch

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19

Where: Wyman Living History Museum archery range

— Moffat County archers now have a place to shoot for free, due to a cooperative effort between the Wyman Living History Museum, community businesses and Mike Swaro, district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Swaro has been working for about a year on getting the funding to put up an archery range so bowmen and 4-H archers could have a spot to practice.

It’ll be a great new recreation opportunity for locals, he said.

“There’s a lot of people interested in archery, for sure,” Swaro said. “We’re pretty much ready for people to start shooting.”

The range, out at Wyman Museum, extends 60 yards with targets at 10-yard intervals.

Nicky Boulger, office manager for the museum, said the range will be a great asset to the community.

“There’s so many 4-H kids that do archery, and they don’t have a range available,” she said.

Swaro applied for a $3,000 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013, and when it came through, he started on the project right away. The community pitched in its support. Trapper Mine, ColoWyo Coal, Cabela’s and several other businesses contributed funds and materials for the $5,000 project.

To celebrate the summer and the completed project, Wyman Museum will host an archery and fishing lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 at the range.

It will be an “introduction to people if anybody wants to be introduced to archery or shooting,” Swaro said.

The oxbow of the river will be loaded up with fish, 3-D targets will be set up and there will be a free lunch.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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