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Archery Range Dedicated at Fisher Farm Park

by | May 22, 2023

County Commissioner Elaine Powell and the man behind the Fisher Farm Archery Range – Sterling Martin.


The Town of Davidson invited the community to the new Fisher Farm Archery Range for a grand opening on Sunday, May 21. Rather than a “ribbon cutting,” the event was a “ribbon shooting.” Several local elected officials were called to the line, given a bow, and asked to shoot at the targets that had a red ribbon strung between them. [see our full album of photos from the event]

Bullseye from Commissioner Matt Dellinger.

The Fisher Farm Archery Range (21215 Shearer Road) has been a longtime vision and dream of Davidson resident Sterling Martin who has taught numerous archery programs in the past and served on the Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards for 26 years.

“I am excited and grateful to Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and Davidson Parks and Recreation for making this ten-year dream of mine come true,” said Sterling Martin. “I have been teaching archery for 50 years and for the past 22 summers have seen between 300 and 600 children each summer in archery classes at the Davidson College Day Camp at the Lake. Many of those local children would get excited about pursuing archery and then not be able to find a safe place to practice. This will be one of the only publicly available archery ranges in the Mecklenburg Park system and a unique amenity for Davidson’s Fisher Farm Park. It will provide a lifetime sport opportunity for all ages and abilities, and I look forward to the many happy years of archery to come.”

Archery Range

Archers of all ages waited their chance to try out the new range on Sunday afternoon.

Formal programming at the archery range is expected to begin in June. The schedule will be listed on the Parks and Recreation registration site. To get the most up-to-date information on the archery range schedule and other upcoming programs, click here to sign up for our bi-weekly bulletin.

Programming will include the following:

  • Open range hours – people of all skill levels can come and participate in archery. Certified USA Archery Town of Davidson staff will be on-site during all open range times and will give some basic instruction and make sure the range is being used safely. Compound and recurve bows only. No crossbows or broad-head arrows allowed.
  • Programs – USA Archery certified instructors will teach classes for youth, adults, and families.
  • Special Group Use – Groups may contact [email protected] for more information.

The archery range may not be used unless open and staffed by a Town of Davidson USA Archery certified instructor.

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