I bought a used crossbow only to find out there is nowhere to shoot it.
I emailed every archery range within 50 miles: none of them allow crossbows.
I'm not willing to drive 50 miles away each time I want to practice shooting. After all the ranges within a reasonable distance said "No," I started asking ones further away just out of curiosity.
Sacramento has a large, desolate park running through the middle of the city, but:
9.36.060 Firearms, Air Guns, and Other Weapons.
No person other than peace officers in the discharge of their duties shall use, maintain, possess, fire, or
discharge any firearm, air gun, spring gun, bow and arrow, slingshot, or any other weapon potentially
dangerous to wildlife or human safety, except in areas, at times, and under conditions designated by the
director for such use. A violation of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor. (SCC 576 § 15, 1983.)
Source: Sacramento County Parks Ordinances
Has anyone else heard of crossbows being unwelcome at archery ranges, or is this a phenomenon unique to northern California? The most practical option I can think of is to set up a target at the closest DFG wildlife area 40 miles away... which doesn't seem that practical.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Picky, picky, picky: I'm not looking to share a range with firearms. Part of why I chose a crossbow was for the quiet.
And how do I put a large space between words when typing a forum entry. Pressing the spacebar multiple times doesn't work.