Problem with platforms or tree stands on a range is check what it's going to cost you in liability insurance--usually that will push it up higher. By the way for people considering opening a public style 3-D course make sure you have insurance.build some platforms to shoot out of, like treestand hunting, & you'll be able to make your range with less land or have more targets to shoot. cuz you're already aiming downward the arrow wont fly as far.
1st off the OP did not say if its for personal or public use, just asking about land size for a range.Problem with platforms or tree stands on a range is check what it's going to cost you in liability insurance--usually that will push it up higher. By the way for people considering opening a public style 3-D course make sure you have insurance.
Your correct the OP didn't say private or public. I just threw that out there. There are people that think about setting up a public course and never consider insurance. Called cover your butt. People can fall off a raised platform with a railing as well as tripping over a root. You need to consider everything involved. A lawsuit(running rampant) could cost you a ton more than the cost of the platform or the insurance.1st off the OP did not say if its for personal or public use, just asking about land size for a range.
of course it might raise the yearly insurance rate if its for public use, I'm not an insurance agent but have been dealing with insurance rates & upping them for work....so what are we talking about.....an added $50-$100 to your yearly rate for having a couple of raised platforms.....now break that down by 12 months......bigdeal, from a club standpoint, guess the yearly fees are couple dollars more LOL
think about, you're walking up stairs with railings built to the same code thats needed for your house deck, the insurance price increase cant be that much. what would cost more would be building them.
then to look at the big picture what would cost more ?
- building the platforms & paying a little more in insurance
- buy more land so you dont have to use raised platforms
(of course this is if the land you have is limited or dont offer the best safe shooting lanes/backstops/etc....then platforms could be an ideal option to get more targets to shoot at & make it safe)
I'm not talking about treestands, meant like treestand hunting cuz of the elevation. build the platforms with 36" railings.
its just an idea to keep it safe for certain spots of the land to have an archery target. its not that uncommon for archery ranges to have raised platforms for the target(s) & some have 2 targets for the raised platform.