Archery now a legal activity in Penticton

Drawbows can now be legally used while practicing archery within the City of Penticton.
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PENTICTON - It’s now legal to practice archery in Penticton.

Drawbows may now be operated in the city while practicing the sport of archery under certain conditions, after city council passed the Bow and Arrow and Firearms Regulation Bylaw earlier this week.

Archers may practice the sport in a facility specifically designed for the sport or in an area temporarily set up for the sport where the owner has documentation from a recognized body that archery can be practiced to safe standards. The sport must also be conducted under the supervision of a registered archery coach or safety officer recognized by the B.C. Archery Association.

The bylaw was the result of a Penticton resident’s plea to council to change the firearms bylaw to allow use of bows in the city in order to practice archery.

The sport is also part of the upcoming B.C. Winter Games slated for Penticton next year. Without the bylaw, those participating in the sport would otherwise have had to apply for permits.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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