Archery, Clay Target, and Shooting Ranges


Archery Country by Randy Rowley

Those who love bows would benefit from checking out Archery Country.  They are located in central Austin (8121 Research Blvd, 512-452-1222).  They have been in business since 1989.  Archery Country includes a store, full-service pro shop, and 20 yard indoor range.  The store offers a wide selection of Mathews, Bowtech, Hoyt, PSE, and Archery Research bows which you’re invited to try out on their indoor range.  Shooting leagues are held weekly including a traditional shoot, a target league, and a hunters’ league.  Junior Olympic Archery Development classes are hosted each Sunday by two certified Olympic coaches.  They have a wide selection of carbon and aluminum arrows, for hunters and 3-D shooters alike, and are glad to cut them to fit your particular bow.  They carry every imaginable accessory – from the latest fall away rest to the coolest sights.  Their hours are Tuesdays – Fridays, 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  They’re closed on Mondays.  For more information see their website, call them at (512) 452-1222, or e-mail them.

Be aware that their service department is pricy.  For example, I needed a new string for my bow.  Archery Country didn’t have what I needed so they sent me to Sportsmen’s Warehouse.  Archery Country would have charged me $15 to put the new string on plus an additional $10 to put my peep sight on the string.  Sportsmen’s Warehouse didn’t charge me to put the string and my peep sight on.

Austin Rifle Club by Randy Slagle

Those who shoot at ranges more than four times a year would benefit from joining the Austin Rifle Club.  The Club is located in Manor.  The membership fee entitles the shooter to unlimited days of shooting.  The range has 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yard targets. There is also a plinking (.22 range) and a clay target thrower.  They have no official skeet, trap, or sporting clays ranges.  The club sponsors competitive shoots and hunters safety courses.  For more information see their website or e-mail e-mail them.

Best of the West Shooting Range

By Joe Schram

I would like to inform you about a shooting club located in Liberty Hill, just north of Cedar Park and west of Georgetown, called “The Best of the West Shooting Sports.”  It is located three miles west of Liberty Hill on Highway 29.  The Best of the West features two skeet fields, two trap fields, a 1,000-yard shooting range, tactical bays, CHL bay, pistol range, and a 3D archery range.  They have a nice club house and pro shop as well.  For more information you can visit their Website at or call them at 512-366-7700.

By Mark Dillow

Kevin Wall and I went to this new range’s grand opening.

The short story is you need to go check it out.   It is very large, and they have a huge archery 3-d course…probably 25 – 30 targets, all the way from javelinas to elk, and yes, a hog.

They have about 6 “tactical” ranges that you can drive into, set up, and you are basically on your own concerning what you want to do.  Rapid fire?  No problem.  Got your own steel targets?  Shoot ’em.  Want to practice drawing and firing?  Get r dun!

The rifle ranges go up to 1000 yards, and the shooting tables are made of cement tops about 8? thick on top of concrete blocks.

I think this place will put a lot of pressure on Eagle Peak.  In fact I won’t go back there unless it is a last resort.

Memberships are very reasonable, when compared to Capitol City.  There are no sporting clay ranges yet, but I suspect there may be in the future.  For now it’s just skeet and trap.

Capitol Clays by Randy Rowley

I highly recommend the Capitol Clays.  FCS has held clay target shoots there since 3/20/93 and, for the part several years, our experiences have been positive.  For sporting clays, Capitol City has automatic throwers with counters.  They have a corporate (hunter) course and a harder masters level course.  They also have two 5-stand fields, five skeet fields, two trap fields, a double trap field, and a wobble trap field.  They can set a skeet field for international skeet (about two times faster than regular skeet).  An adult individual membership is $225/year.  A family membership is $250/year.  Capitol City is located just minutes from the I35 & Hwy 290 intersection on the banks of Walter E. Long Lake (8707 Lindell Lane).  For more information contact Capitol City at 512-272-4707 or

Eagle Peak Shooting Range by Randy Rowley

I highly recommend the Eagle Peak Shooting Range.  Eagle Peak is located off of FM 1431 near Jonestown on 20026 Lindeman Lane.  They charge $15.00 for a lifetime range card.  Their range fee is $15.00, no matter how many rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns you shoot.

They have a 50, 100, 200, and 300 yard rifle range and a 7, 15, and 25 yard handgun range with brass catchers.  Rental guns are available.  The ranges are also lighted.  Their benches are on concrete, are carpeted, and have good sand bag rests.

They also have a shotgun range with four commercial spring loaded clay target throwers.  The shotgun range is included in your range fee.  Bring your own clay targets (or you can buy them there for considerable more cost).  They also have a shotgun patterning range (bring your own cardboard boxes).

They offer learn to shoot classes.  They are open from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM every day, 365 days a year.  They only take cash or checks (no credit cards).  For more information see their website or call them at 512-267-1400.

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