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Indoor archery range to open in Janesville

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staff, Gazette
July 13, 2012

— A Milton archery pro shop's move is set to give Janesville archery enthusiasts a closer location to shoot indoors.

Hunt-n-Gear plans to relocate from 8776 N. Bowers Lake Road, Milton, to 4336 Milton Ave., Janesville, before the end of the year. The location formerly housed Ziebart Auto Service.

The 22,000-square-foot Janesville location will feature 14 shooting lanes, video-simulated hunts, an archery pro shop service center and limited firearm services.

"The Milton store has been staying busy. We've been there 17 years," said Carrie Hookstead, who runs the business with her husband, Russell. "There isn't anywhere in the city of Janesville where people can shoot indoors, and I think people always want to practice with their bows before the season starts."

Archery season for deer hunting is mid-September through mid-January.

The pro shop will host archery league tournaments on indoor video shooting ranges.

"We'll run a big league in January with four-person teams and prizes at the end," Carrie Hookstead said.

Russell Hookstead said he hopes to open the Janesville store in the next few weeks.

The Milton location will close sometime after a video archery league finishes up this fall, Carrie Hookstead said.

The Hooksteads are taking a green approach to heating and cooling the Milton Avenue Hunt-n-Gear. It will be powered with geothermal energy, using a heat pump and 20 wells to help heat the store in the winter and cool it in the summer.

"We plan on being there a while, and the system's a bit more expensive, but once it's paid for, all you have is electricity to pay for," Russell Hookstead said. "Your power bill is $300 to $400 instead of $1,000, and it's better for the environment, too."



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