Archery goes Underground in Kremmling
KREMMLING — Starting a new business can be a daunting task. But the casual ease Jason Wikberg and Chris Overholt use to discuss their new indoor archery range belies the months of work the two men have put in to make their dream a reality.
Archery Underground, an indoor archery range, is scheduled to open Jan. 31 in what was previously the underground bowling ally at 306 Central Ave. Wikberg and Overholt are friends and hunting buddies. The two men have discussed the possibility of opening an archery range for some time. When the basement facility in Kremmling opened up last fall they jumped at the opportunity.
They spent the next month working nights and weekends to tear out the old bowling lanes. The last several months have been spent trying to remodel the building’s interior to prepare for the new clientele.
When opened, Overholt and Wikberg hope Archery Underground will provide year-round options for bow-hunters and other archery enthusiasts to hone their skills and perfect their aim. But it’s not just a place for hardcore bow hunters. The facility will also be open to novice shooters looking to just have a little fun with some target practice.
The new range will feature a series of shooting lanes with distances of both 20 yards and 30 yards and will include regular targets as well as three-dimensional animal targets.
Overholt and Wikberg will also have a wide variety of bows and equipment available to rent at the range for anyone who doesn’t bring their own armaments. The Archery Underground range will offer a small concession stand for refreshments as well as a seating and lounge area behind the shooting lanes so patrons can relax in between shots.
Along with rental equipment Overholt and Wikberg plan on providing a wide assortment of archery and various ancillary hunting products including outdoor equipment and other sporting goods. They will also be able to set up your bow with whatever equipment and accessories you are looking for.
Operational hours for Archery Underground are tentatively set for 6-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The hours are not official yet and Wikberg and Overholt said they will adjust the hours during the first few months depending on demand.
You can check out their website, which is still under construction, at http://www.archeryunderground.net.
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