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Archery range temporarily closes after arrow found in neighbor's yard

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 18:54:12-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A local archery range has been temporarily closed after a Lexington man said he recently discovered arrows on his family's property.

Ricky Stivers' father lives near the archery range in Hisle Park. The rules of the archery range dictates that archers point the arrow down range, but Stivers told LEX 18's Mike Valente he has reason to believe not everyone is following the rules.

On Thursday morning, while visiting his father, Stivers found an arrow lodged into the ground, at an angle that suggested someone had shot it high into the air. Over the last few months, Stivers said he has come across a few arrows while mowing his father's grass, but the one found Thursday was just steps from the front door.

Stivers said he spoke with an employee with the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as police. He said he hopes they can come up with a solution.

"You don't never know is it just an accident or is it intentional or is it, you don't really never know, that's the scariest part of it," said Stivers.

During the interview with LEX 18, Stivers insisted that he isn't trying to get the parks department to shut down the archery range, but he just wants some measure of reassurance that his kids don't have to be afraid when they are playing in the yard.

The superintendent of parks and recreation released a statement to LEX 18, "This was our first reported incident and the range does get a fair amount of use. We do not allow crossbow and the bolt (arrow) that was found was from a crossbow. We exceed the safe zone distances according to USA Archery standards for ranges. We will be closing the range to see if there is anything that we can do to improve the range and hopefully the range would be back open by the first of the year."