Highly-competitive, advanced indoor bow hunting has come to Calverton — with life-size rubber animal targets, not live prey.
The company is called Thrill of the Hunt.
It bills itself as a "3-D target indoor archery arena" and offers a 10,000-square-foot indoor area with 30 life-size deer, antelope, bear, turkey and other animals made of dense rubber, five shooting stations and color-coded targets.
Prices are $18 a round, and $25 per competition. The company will soon offer package deals with discounts for multiple rounds, owner Art Binder says.
It cost $1 million to build the arena. Construction started in June and it opened in early Oct. 1, Binder says.
The arena only allows advanced shooters who have been trained by a professional archery shop such as Smith Point Archery in Patchogue; American Outdoor Sports in Farmingdale; Archery Forum, in Middle Island; or C&B Archery in Hicksville.
"This is the major leagues," Binder says.
"If they can survive the pro shops and develop the proper form, they're welcome."
Wounded veterans may shoot for free at Thrill of the Hunt, and a "Wounded Warrior" charity event is planned.
A company website is not yet up and running. The arena is at 291 Deep Hole Road, Calverton. Call 631-566-5261 for reservations.
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