An archery range at the Ashland Gun Club is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the volunteer work of an Ashland High School student and his Boy Scout troop.

An archery range at the Ashland Gun Club is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the volunteer work of an Ashland High School student and his Boy Scout troop.

Fourteen-year-old Chandler Carne started shooting bow about a year ago at the club. While using the club's 14-target archery range, he saw an opportunity to help the club while earning experience toward his Eagle Scout status.

"I shoot bow there a lot and noticed their targets are in need of some help," Chandler said.

He approached the club with a plan to rebuild the targets and their shelters and improve some of the trails between targets.

"I told him from the start any help is welcome," Archery Club president Rick Georgeson said. "I'm happy to see him out there, he's a great kid. To get a kid that age who is this enthusiastic is really something."

The targets — deer, rabbit, elk, bear, turkey and other animals — are made of stuffed burlap on a wooden backboard with strips of carpet hanging behind them. They are set in small, roofed shelters which save them from the worst of the weather, but over the years the weather still takes a toll.

Gun club members generally get a work party together once a year to maintain the 10-year-old archery course, according to Georgeson.

"The weather is quite brutal and very windy. Some repairs haven't been done in eight or nine years," he said. "It's been a couple years since we've done any roofing."

Chandler noticed several things that needed fixing up.

"Two four-by-fours were out to the ground, some of the carpet is just in shreds and moldy and the wood was deteriorating," he said.

Chandler, with the help of other Troop 112 members, started work on the archery course on Feb. 28 and planned to complete it Sunday. As he began to get into the project, Chandler quickly learned it would be more work than he thought.

"As we were doing it, we found all these other things that needed to get done," he said.

Chandler's father, Bob Carne, has been working with the troop on the project as well.

"We thought we could accomplish the repairs in two weekends," he said. "Now it looks like it might take a little more."

Chandler got his first bow, a recurve, from his grandfather about a year ago. He has since move on to a compound bow.

Chandler's community service project will go a long way toward his goal of achieving Scouting's highest level while helping a sport he's grown to love. By the end of the project, he will have put in between 90 and 100 hours of work.

"It feels good, like I'm pretty important helping an organization like this," he said. "It makes me proud."

For Georgeson, the work goes a long way toward keeping the range viable.

"It's a lot of help," Georgeson said. "We're like any organization — we have way more members than we have volunteers. We can always use more help."

For information on the Ashland Gun Club, see the Web site ashlandgunclub.com.

Reach reporter and editor Myles Murphy at 482-3456 ext. 222 or mmurphy@dailytidings.com.