Arrow Heads

Written by Mackenzie McCreary Category: Health & Fitness Issue: May 2014
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Do you know bow? Enhance your archery skills with these local clubs.

photo courtesy Arizona Archery Club

As more bow-and-arrow-wielding protagonists save the day in blockbuster movies, interest in archery is starting to curve. Whether you aspire to be a competitive Katniss Everdeen-type or a prey animal-slaying Ted Nugent, archery clubs across the Valley aim to further your enthusiasm and skills. Tony Cuchiara, owner of Arizona Archery Club and Pro Shop, says two things make the sport special: It’s gender-neutral, and it emphasizes mental focus. “[Archery] doesn’t take a lot of physical strength. It doesn’t matter how fast the arrow goes, it’s where it lands in the target. Everybody can do archery and it’s really cool to see young ladies get into this sport,” he says, adding, “It’s easy to learn to shoot a bow. But it’s extremely difficult to focus and develop the skill archers need.”

Learn to focus and get a better grip on your archery skills with these on-target Valley clubs.

Arizona Archery Club and Pro Shop
With the largest indoor shooting range in Arizona, this temple of all things toxophilite (read: archery-related) lets visitors develop their skills for both hunting and recreation. Beginning and intermediate classes taught by highly skilled coaches are available for aspiring archers 8 years and older. Private coaching is also available. Class costs begin at $100 and equipment may be rented for $20. For solitary bowmen, there’s a daily range fee of $10. The pro shop stocks both traditional and compound bows, as well as any accessories one might need to shoot straight. 1115 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, 623-266-4647,

Archery Headquarters
Home of Archery Headquarters Academy, this facility conducts classes for all levels, beginning with Intro to Archery ($25). Interested parties can move up to Archery 101, a six-week program ($120) designed to hone skill and accuracy. Students can choose to learn with all ages or among their peers. Archery Headquarters houses a 30-yard indoor range with a fee of $7 per hour, as well as a stock of bows and other essential equipment.
6401 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-961-3100,

Desert Sky Archers
This nonprofit organization shoots its shafts at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, which offers spaces for classes and practice. Beginner and intermediate classes for both youth and adults run for six weeks and start at $110. Coaches are highly trained and equipment is provided for the lessons.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix, 480-599-1392,

Papago Archery Club
Every Saturday, the members of Papago Archery Club – spanning youth to adults, recurve to compound archers – gather at Papago Park Archery Range. The club urges those with an interest in archery to attend practice and sign up for an Introduction to Archery Class, offered twice in the spring and twice in the fall. Introduction classes consist of one-hour, Saturday sessions and those looking to further develop their skills can upgrade to a four-lesson Beginner’s Archery Course ($80), also conducted twice in the spring and twice in the fall. Membership in PAC starts at $25 for singles, and $90 for families.
Papago Park Archery Range, northwest corner of 64th St. and McDowell Rd., Scottsdale,