Dead Centre Bowhunters Inc is an Australian Bowhunting Association affiliated club located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. We are located a short drive out of Alice Springs at the western end of the Alice Springs Shooting Complex. Our facilities include 5 competition ranges and a practice range, club house and camping grounds. We shoot all forms of archery, from the latest high-tech compound bows, to traditional forms of archery.
DCB Members can access the range any time by acquiring a key from the Alice Springs Shooting Complex Inc (ASSCI). Keys are issued on an indefinite timeframe to DCB members and key deposit is $50.00 which is fully refundable when the key is returned to ASSCI. The key allows access to the DCB range gate at the western end of the shooting complex as well as access to the main ASSCI gate at the eastern end of the complex. Please note that due to the overfire templates, internal access to the archery range from the eastern gate is not permitted without special approval - all archery access should be from the western gate only.
Minors, younger than 16 years of age, have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when attending the archery grounds. No exceptions.
Juniors, between the age of 16 and 18, are able to attend the archery grounds on their own under following conditions:
A person reaches the age of 18 years is classed as an adult.
For visiting archers using DCBH shooting facilities, a valid ABA or AA membership is required.
Outside advertised shooting competitions the following charges apply:
On days with organized club shoots, the Practice Range is closed and no coaching will be available on these days. This allows club members (incl. coaches and instructors) to participate in club shoots.
People are invited to take part in the club shoots, but need to fulfil following requirements:
ABA 1 Range
ABA Range 1 is an easy walking range. A gentle undulating beginning that levels out to a fairly even surface consisting of reddish brown soils prolifically covered with buffel grass and corkwood trees. Good footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent (flies) and a good supply of drinking water is recommended. Range distance in total from lane 1 to lane 20 is approx 2150 meters (2.150 Klms) All target butts are comprised of wool bales packed with assorted plastic. Areas behind the butts on this range are thick grassy areas.
ABA 2 Range
ABA Range 2 is the most difficult range to traverse. It begins on a level surface and slowly begins to climb up to the top of a ridge. The track up to the summit of the ridge is steep and rocky. The track then descends into a small valley with a dry creek running through. It then ascends up the far side of the valley following the base of the ranges, then back along the creek line ascending the ridge. The track becomes rough when initially climbing the ridges and traversing the base of the ranges. Archers will encounter rocky loose surfaces with the vegetation being sparse buffel grass, witchetty bush and low mulga scrub. Sturdy comfortable footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent (flies) and a good supply of drinking water is recommended. All target butts are comprised of wool bales packed with assorted plastic. Areas behind the butts on this range are scrubby, bushy and rock strewn with some butts backing onto rock walls. It is recommended that archers carry extra arrows. Range distance in total from lane 1 to lane 20 is approx 2280 meters (2.280 klms)
ABA 3D Range
The 3D range would be classed as a medium to hard range to traverse. It starts off with relatively easy going then progresses along the base of the range which consists of rocky lanes then up a small valley with more rocky lanes. The track then proceeds onto an open buffel grass plain for the finish. Comfortable sturdy footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent (flies) and a good supply of drinking water is recommended. Range distance from lane 1 to lane 20 is approx 1770 meters (1.77 klms). The butts on this range are wool bales packed with assorted plastic. The area behind the butts on over half of the lanes is very rocky ground and outcrops it is recommended that archers carry spare arrows.
IFAA 1 Range
IFAA Range 1 is the easiest of the five ranges to walk. You begin with a gentle downhill walk of about fifty meters then it is a level walking surface comprising red dirt and sand for the rest of the range. The vegetation is mainly thick buffel grass, witchetty bush and corkwood trees. A big ghost gum marks roughly what used to be the half way point. Comfortable footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent (flies) and a good supply of drinking water is recommended. Range distance from lane 1 to lane 28 is approx 2880meters (2.88 klms) Target butts are wool bales packed with assorted plastic. The area behind the majority of the butts is thick knee high buffel grass.
IFAA 2 Range
IFAA 2 Range can be a difficult range to traverse. After leaving the clubhouse the terrain is quite open and flat but rises sharply as you approach the ridge. The walking track rises up to the top of the ridge line then descends back down into a small valley. You turn left and follow the gully along then return along the same gully. The terrain for most part of this range is very rocky and in place the rock is loose. Great care should be taken. The vegetation is made up of buffel grass on the flats with witchetty bush, low mulga scrub and native bushes along the ridges and down in the gully. Very sturdy and comfortable footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent (flies) and a good supply of drinking water is recommended. Range distance in total from lane 1 to lane 28 is approx 3030meters (2.03 klms) Target bales comprise wool bales packed with assorted plastics. Areas behind half of the targets are thick buffel grass interspersed with rock while the other half is rocky outcrops and woody vegetation. It is recommended that archers carry spare arrows on this range.