2019 ARCHERY NEWS IN TORONTO, ARCHIVE
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December 17th 2019
In response to recent emails, yes, the Toronto Archery Range is still open during the winter. The only significant change is that the Overlea Parking Lot and washrooms are closed during the winter. People wishing to park near the archery range are recommended to use other methods, such as parking at the free Eglinton parking lot (located south of Serena Gundy Park), or parking near the Shoppers Drug Mart and walking down the hill.
September 17th 2019
In response to a question regarding Portable Targets we have added a new page explaining why it is perfectly acceptable (and legal) to use portable targets at the Toronto Archery Range: Target Butts Vs Portable Targets. We felt a new page on this topic was necessary to dispel any legal confusion about what is allowed.
We are also going to take this moment to remind people that they need to shoot from the shooting line and that broadheads are still prohibited, even if it is bowhunting season. Please observe and follow ALL of the archery safety rules / bylaws.
July 6th 2019
On the 6th day of the 7th month of 2019 archers from Toronto and the surrounding region shall gather for a day of fun, frivolity and shooting at targets at the 2019 Seton Archery Tournament. Competitors and spectators are all welcome. Competing is free. Spectating is free. Bring food to share at the picnic/BBQ. The tournament starts at 11 AM, but competitors are recommended to show up 30-60 minutes early to get some early practice in. See the Facebook Event Listing for additional details.
UPDATE - THE TOURNAMENT WAS RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY JULY 7TH DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THUNDERSTORMS.
May 28th 2019
It has been an extremely muddy Spring at the Toronto Archery Range, but there are sunny skies on the horizon. The forecast for the next 14 days predicts only 2 days with rain and the majority of the days will be sunny with temperatures in the low 20s. That should help to dry up a lot of the mud.
Also, according to our grapevine sources Toronto Parks staff are reportedly working on a way to make the main/north entrance more accessible, which will allow the park staff to be able to drive in easier with a truck with less worries about mud, and consequently will allow them to do maintenance on the target butts and mow the grass easier. This will also have a side benefit of making the archery range more accessible for people in wheelchairs and anyone with hindered mobility who is unlikely to jump over the giant mud puddles.
In the meantime if it has rained recently we recommend wearing rubber boots when visiting the Toronto Archery Range. We do not have a confirmed date for when the work on the entrance will be conducted or completed. Our best guess? It might be the middle of June before repairs to the target butts are done and the work on the entrance is done.
February 13th 2019
Police have charged a 35-year-old London Ontario man with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Brian Peter Maksoud. Maksoud, age 46, died on February 5th after being hit by an arrow in London's north end, the area of Arbour Glen Crescent just off Kipps Lane. The suspected murder happened in the early morning hours. Maksoud was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery but was later pronounced dead.
Kevin Brandon Hartman was arrested Tuesday by London police and has been charged with second-degree murder in his death.
Investigators say the victim and accused were known to each other, but did not elaborate on the relationship. Hartman is expected to appear in court February 20th in connection with the charge.
Update, April 15th 2019: Amanda Tait, age 26, was arrested April 13th on charges of accessory after the fact in relation to the death of Brian Maksoud. Paul Wayne O’Connell, age 47, was also arrested for accessory after the fact.
In light of new evidence Kevin Hartman's charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder.