How to Set Up a Backyard Archery Range

If you have the space in your backyard, you can try your hand at setting up your own archery range. With your own private practice range, you can easily shoot several times a week and not have any excuses to shoot regularly. You’ll be amazed at the improvement in you archery abilities with consistent practice schedule. 
1.   Location – Find a spot for your range. You need a place with a shooting position that allows enough space behind or to the side for onlookers to watch safely.  
2.   Space – Make sure the spot has at least 25 to 30 yards of space between the shooter and the target. More space is always better. With a longer strip you can set your target up at different distances as you improve.  
3.  Behind the Target – Create a way of catching arrows that miss the target. There might just be an open field behind your range, or it could be a wall behind your target. The key here is to make sure that wherever your arrows land, they will not harm any persons or property.  
4.   Targets – Place your targets in the proper location always taking safety into consideration.  Measure the distance from the shooter to the target for your own aiming reference.  These distances can be modified as needed.
5.   Shoot – Get a stand for arrows and a pen and paper to keep score. Observe all safety rules and use common sense whenever shooting. 


  • Set up your range in a way that allows you to leave it set up. You’ll definitely do more shooting that way. 
  • If you need to build a wall to catch your misses, hay bales are great for stopping arrows without damaging them. 
  • Examine your arrows at the end of every archery session and repair damaged ones immediately.


  • Always make sure the area around and behind the target is clear before you shoot.  
  • Use common sense in locating your archery range and make sure other people know the safety rules associated with the sport of archery.

3 thoughts on “How to Set Up a Backyard Archery Range

  1. Do check with your local authorities as to whether this is legal. Safety must always be the primary criterion in these endeavors. The land of Robin Hood has banned backyard archery!

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