I understand that there are various risks involved with my participation as a shooter or observer in shooting activities at the Heartland Public Shooting Park (hereinafter referred to as “the HPSP”). I understand that those risks include, but are not limited to, injuries or death caused by the following: archery; the negligence of other participants in the vicinity; faulty equipment, firearms or ammunition provided by myself or other participants; lighting conditions; weather; excessive noise; excessive distance to medical care facilities; and excessive traffic on routes to medical care facilities. I agree that, prior to participating in these activities, I will inspect facilities and equipment and, if I believe any are unsafe, I will immediately advise an employee of the HPSP.
I am fully aware of risks and hazards connected with being on the premises and participating in these types of activities, and I am fully aware that there may be risks and hazards unknown to me connected with being on the premises and participating in these types of activities, and I hereby elect to voluntarily enter upon the above named premises and engage in these activities knowing that conditions may become hazardous or dangerous to me and my property. I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risk of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or any loss or damage to property owned by me, as a result of my participation in these activities, whether caused by the negligence of myself, other participants or observers or otherwise.
I acknowledge that I read and fully understand the HPSP Archery Sports Safety Briefing and I agree to follow and comply fully with the rules contained therein. I further agree to comply with and follow all HPSP range commands and instructions.
In consideration for receiving permission to participate in the above referenced activities whether as a shooter or observer, I hereby assume all risks associated with these shooting activities and shall indemnify, waive, release, and forever discharge the City of Grand Island, Grand Island Parks Department, and Heartland Public Shooting Park, their officials, officers, employees, volunteers and agents and any other individuals or entities connected in any way to the HPSP from any and all claims for damages, death, personal injury or property damage and litigation costs/attorneys’ fees, arising from or contributed to, in whole or in part, by any act, omission, fault or mistake of the above-named persons or entities and their employees or agents, resulting from the above described shooting activities. It is my express intent that this informed consent and waiver of liability shall bind the members of my family and spouse, if I am alive, and my heirs, assigns and personal representative, if I am deceased, and shall be deemed as a Release, Waiver, Discharge and Covenant Not to Sue any individuals in any way connected with the aforementioned HPSP.
I certify that I am physically able and have not been advised against participation in these types of activities by a health professional. I hereby authorize emergency medical treatment in the event of injury or illness.
I certify that I have read all the provisions of this informed consent and waiver of liability form and fully understand all of the same. If any provisions contained in this informed consent and waiver of liability form are held to be invalid, void or illegal by any court of competent jurisdiction, the same shall be deemed severable from the remainder of this informed consent and waiver of liability agreement form and shall in no way affect, impair or invalidate any other provision herein contained.
Assumption of Risk: By signing this Agreement, you ACKNOWLEDGE AND ASSUME THE RISK AND DANGERS OF ILLNESS, DISEASE, MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS, INJURY OR DEATH, caused obey or related to COVID-19, by voluntarily entering the property of the City and participating in or viewing activities, or by authorizing the participation of a minor in or the presence of a minor at events or related activities. No one guarantees that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19.
Every shooter is required to conduct themselves according to our Safety Rules. Please read them carefully so you understand what is expected for your own safety, and for the safety of those around you.
* NEVER point a bow and arrow at another person.
* NEVER shoot an arrow straight up into the air. You can end up hitting another person or yourself.
* NEVER shoot an arrow off into the distance where you cannot see where it will land. Again, you could end up hitting another person.
* Only use archery equipment in places that are specially set up for target practice - such as our range.
* If you are shooting wooden arrows, check them regularly for cracks. If one is found cracked, break it immediately to insure that it will not be accidently used. Shooting a cracked arrow can result in its breaking and causing painful injury to the shooter.
* Always use a bowstringer for longbows and recurve bows. This will reduce the possibility of damage to the bow and injury to the person.
* Check your bow regularly for cracks or twisting. If in doubt, have it checked by a professional before shooting it any more.
* Check the condition of your bowstring regularly. It's cheaper to install a new string than to replace the bow.
* Don't draw a bowstring back further than the length of the arrow for which it is intended. Overdrawing can break the bow and injure the shooter in the process.
* Don't draw the string back except with an arrow on it and, especially, don't release the bowstring with no arrow on it. Doing so is called dry firing and can damage the bow.
* At practice ranges, the only safe place is behind the shooting line.
* Never shoot an arrow until you are positive that no one is in front of you or behind the targets.
* Arrows should only be nocked on the shooting line and pointed in the direction of the targets.
* WALK, don't run toward the targets. Remember that the arrows are sticking out and can injure you.
* When pulling arrows out of a target, stand to one side and insure that no one is directly behind you.
* If archers will be shooting concurrently at varying distances, stagger the targets, not the people. This goes back to the previous rule about having one shooting line and staying behind it.
* If you are using broadheads, be sure that they are adequately covered when not in use. Treat a broadhead with the same caution that you would a razor blade.