2019 ARCHERY NEWS IN TORONTO, ARCHIVE
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October 1st 2021
Two Toronto residents were arrested on September 30th in the Dundas Street East and Greenwood Avenue area after he was witnessed shooting arrows from a balcony at a drone that was buzzing over a residential area. Toronto Police Operations tweeted that the incident happened around 9:22 AM. "You had somebody who, I think, took offence to a drone being flown in or near their area. [...] So, they start to try and shoot the drone down with a bow and arrow," says Constable David Hopkinson. A film crew was working in the area and the drone may have been part of the film crew's camera equipment.
Police confronted the two people responsible and negotiated their way into the home when it was revealed to be barricaded. The two people were charged with assault with a weapon, using weapons dangerous to the public peace, and being a common nuisance. No one was injured, but the incident is a reminder to Toronto's archery community that we are only legally allowed to shoot within the Toronto Archery Range or in an indoor setting. Any shooting of arrows outside that is not within the Toronto Archery Range is strictly prohibited and subject to a number of legal penalties.
Also we realize it is a slow news year (everything is COVID this, COVID that), but please don't make more archery news if it is going to lead to damaging the reputation of Toronto's archery community. Even if there is a film crew using a noisy drone in the area, just think twice and don't do it. If you feel the urge to shoot at something just go to the archery range instead. So much more enjoyable (and quieter).
September 13th 2021
Only about two good months left in the year to shoot, so if you want to shoot now is arguably the best time before it gets cold in November. Get outside and go shoot!
A bit of sad news: Archery Focus Magazine is ending its 25 year run. The final issue of the magazine will be November/December 2021. For a fee of $160 USD you can still get digital access to 150 back issues via their website at archeryfocusmagazine.com.
May 10th 2021
The Toronto Archery Range is currently closed due to COVID-19 Restrictions that affect all public sports fields and sports arenas across Toronto. They are expected to reopen when the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted - likely on or after May 20th. To check the current status of all sports fields across Toronto you can visit the following website for updates:
UPDATE: The archery range reopened in June,
but we still recommend social distancing when visiting.
March 21st 2021
It is the first day of Spring and we are going to take this moment to remind archers that dogs are not allowed inside the Toronto Archery Range due to safety reasons. A dog who gets off leash (or is allowed off leash) could be accidentally shot by an arrow and killed or injured. Furthermore, due to the way animal cruelty laws work in Canada it would the owner of the animal who would be held criminally responsible for animal cruelty charges if they knowingly brought their dog into an area where canines are in danger and thus strictly prohibited.
Also, yes, we are aware that dog owners keep tearing the signs down regarding dogs not being allowed within the archery range, but tearing down the sign doesn't make it any less illegal, and doesn't make the owner any less responsible for the well-being of their pet. The owner would still face animal cruelty charges for knowingly putting their pet in danger.
PS. We have received multiple complaints recently of dogs being off leash and posing a safety hazard. We know everyone is tired of COVID, but that is no reason to put your dog in danger.
September 26th 2020
Updated our "Archery Library of Books on PDF" today.
The library includes such vintage works as
The Witchery of Archery,
Toxophilus - 1545, and
Zen in the Art of Archery. It also includes court documents like
Galka V. Stankiewicz, Court File #03BN8727, an infamous case in which an archer shot his friend in the eyeball, and advice like
4 Tips for Camping Comfortably while Bowhunting.
May 27th 2020
Brand new target butts are coming to the Toronto Archery Range. The newly redesigned frames will be easier for park staff to maintain and will replace some of the older target butts which are in poor condition.
The new target butts were on hold because of COVID restrictions, but due to some restrictions being lifted the target butts are expected to make their appearance sometime this summer.
May 24th 2020
The Toronto Archery Range is open again, but we don't know for how long.
The range may get closed again in due time when the Second Wave of the Coronavirus hits Toronto. Thanks to a lack of social distancing recently during Mother's Day weekend and an incident at Trinity Bellwoods Park the city may decide it isn't time to reopen parks and recreational areas and may simply close them again.
In the meantime you can use the Toronto Archery Range for now, but strict physical distancing is still enforced by bylaw.
Three of the target butts at the 20s have been repaired, with Butts #2 and #4 not being repaired in an effort to encourage social distancing. The 30s have not been repaired in an effort to keep any people at the 20s and 50s physically distant.
March 26th 2020
Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Virus Outbreak the Toronto Archery Range located at E. T. Seton Park is closed until further notice.
People who get caught ignoring the closure will need to pay a $5,000 fine.
The gates to the Toronto Archery Range will remain open to allow deer and other wildlife passage, but any archers caught using the range will be fined.
If you still want to do archery, we recommend doing it outside of the city limits of Toronto. Alternatively you can do archery indoors in a basement, garage or similar space. Find a place where you can practice archery safely while still respecting social distancing.