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Archery Opportunities

Nishu Bowmen in a cooperative effort with the Bismarck Parks and Recreation Department have constructed the new indoor Nishu Bowmen Archery Complex located at the same location as the outdoor range in south Bismarck next to Riverwood Golf Course. The 90′ x 150′ facility will provide a permanent, year-round location and allow Nishu Bowmen, the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District to conduct archery leagues and classes, tournaments, Bowhunter education classes and adaptive archery classes. This new indoor facility features an upper level 20 yard target range in conjunction with a lower level area for hosting 3-D leagues and tournaments.

The outdoor range features a practice range for shooting up to 70 yards. There are two other NFAA Field 14-target practice ranges which include targets for shooting from 10 to 80 yards and an elevated shooting platform. The outdoor range has picnic tables, restrooms, and a facility for Nishu socials and other events.


In 1953, bow hunting whitetail deer was legalized in North Dakota through the efforts of archery enthusiasts such as Ralph Wheeler and other charter members of the Nishu Bowmen. Bowhunting in North Dakota has grown over the years to include big game hunting for whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and antelope.

Deer bowhunting seasons begin in early September and run through early January in North Dakota. Bowhunters in North Dakota, can hunt for deer throughout the state without the restriction of zones. This allows bowhunters additional hunting opportunities not available to other shooting sports.

Many landowners like bowhunting because of its limited shooting range. Landowners often open lands to bowhunting that remain closed to other hunters. Hunters should get permission before hunting on private land.

Nearly 10,000 acres of open public lands are available to bowhunters within a short distance of the Bismarck/Mandan area. Open areas include:

  • Oahe Wildlife Management Area
  • Kimball Bottoms
  • Little Heart Bottoms
  • Morton County Wildlife Management Area
  • Graners Bottoms (Sugarloaf)