Archery Range is located at Kern County Gun Club. This range parallels Buena Vista Lake and is approximately 22 miles out of Bakersfield. The range is open to the public but you must sign-in at the Club House and pay a daily fee or join the Archery Club. Archery Range is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday and Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All times are subject to change.
The archery range is maintained by a local veterans program and volunteers. There are three ranges and one range has a knife throwing section. There is a memorial section that honors veteran and first responders. Plaques can be added to this memorial at a nominal cost.
No broadheads, practice broadheads, blunts or game heads are to be used on any target owned by the Archery Range.
BROADHEAD RANGE: There are no targets on this range. You are required to bring your own targets. There is a berm at 120 yards for those unwanted misses. The range has clearly marked distances from 20 yards to 80 yards.
CARPORT RANGE: This range has 11 lanes and a 80 foot patio cover and tables. The targets are from 10 yards to 110 yards. All targets have a catch section for misses and a berm at 120 yards to catch those really bad shots.
WESTSIDE FOREST RANGE: This range is called the "Forest Range". It also has a small area for knife throwing. There is no cross lane shooting. This is a major safety concern. This range contains has 3-D targets at unmarked distances and trees. There is a berm at 100 yards to catch your misses. Field tips on this range only. There is a "Special Hunt" of 10 stations on the Forest Range. Go to a station, laser your choice of target and shoot within 10 seconds. The idea is to create a real hunting situation you might be faced with in the field.
General Features: There are bow holders on all ranges. There are benches and work tables throughout the range. There is a BBQ area for all to use. The Broadhead Range and Westside Forest Ranges are all marked with measured distances (not lasers). There is an elevated shooting platform. The main purpose is to mimic an downhill shot from a tree stand.
Safety, Rules and Membership: You are required to check-in at the Club House, sign-in before you shoot. There is a daily fee or you can join the Archery Club. All memberships are pro-rated. Membership is based on June 1st thru May 31st. The are discounts for all veterans and first responders. There are rules posted for the range. Any violation of those rules and you will be asked to leave. No guns, airguns or crossbows to be used anywhere on the archery ranges. Please clean up after yourself. Please hold all 3-D targets when you pull your arrows. This prevents damage to the targets.