- Brian Pearson / Idaho Fish and Game
"I do not believe that this is a replacement for [the Boise Military Reserve] range," IDFG Public Information Supervisor Roger Phillips told Boise Weekly.
UPDATE, May 7, 2:45 p.m.: Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway confirmed that the two ranges are separate. He said that the archery range at the Military Reserve will be relocated to the old police shooting range nearby, and should be open this summer. Additionally, he noted that Parks and Rec contributed $9,000 toward the new Boise River WMA range.
Located roughly 30 minutes from Boise by car, the range is 1.2 miles up East Highland Valley Road off of Idaho 21, 9 miles from Interstate 84 off Exit 57. It's free for the public to use, and features 20 three-dimensional, animal-shaped foam targets for bow hunters to take down. Its multiple stations allow for shooting from various distances, and a practice range lets beginners work on their shots while more experienced shooters warm up their bow arms.
“Some of the shots are fairly challenging, but I would call it an intermediate range,” Peter Ott, a Fish and Game senior wildlife technician at Boise River WMA, said in a press release. “It’s not the most challenging course you will find, but it’s not something you will get bored with after your first time through.”
To allow for the new range and keep both bikers and archers safe, IDFG has rerouted a portion of West Highland Valley Trail #11 to East Highland Valley Road. Weather permitting, the range will be open from sunrise to sunset through Friday, Nov. 15, and reopen in 2020 on Friday, May 1.