This might sound like a dumb question...but I'm curious to know if anyone here has ever practiced archery in a public place—like a city park?
I ask because there are some big, nice parks (with a lot of space) in the town where I work...and I've been wondering if I could get away with practicing there during my lunch breaks? (I'd just use one of those lightweight foam target blocks.)
Obviously I know it would be a non-starter if I were to shoot where a stray arrow could threaten anyone's safety. But this particular park has a spot I'm thinking of that is basically a big bowl—a 30-yard diameter flat area surrounded by 10-15' high grass-covered embankments all the way around...and it's not an official "play area" in the park (more like a drainage area).
So as long as I'm not shooting up toward the sky, every arrow would be stopped by the embankment. Furthermore, during lunchtime on weekdays this particular park is virtually empty—almost nobody around.
So I'm just wondering if anyone has ever tried anything like this...and what the general public attitude is toward archery.
Would people think of it like shooting a gun and totally freak out? Or do most people think of archery as less dangerous (even though we know otherwise) and not get bent over it?
I'm also guessing the local town government has no ordinances on the books specifically banning archery in town parks...