A new archery range at Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), located near Eastman, is now open. This range is one of 12 archery ranges currently available on public land in Georgia.
“This new range will serve as a nearby resource for area archers and bow hunters as well as local school groups participating in the National Archery in Schools Program,” says Matt Stewart, shooting sports coordinator for Wildlife Resources Division.
The archery facility at Dodge County PFAconsists of two ranges. The first is a static range with eight lanes from 10 to 50 yards in length. Here, archers can shoot into large “bow butt” targets that are secured into freestanding target sheds or at 3-D deer targets. The second range is a one-quarter mile 3-D trail with realistic targets, which include both native and exotic animals.
The range was developed and constructed using Federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration funds. These funds are generated through an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Funds are granted on the State level based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses in Georgia.
Users of the range (age 16 and up) will be required to have one of the following licenses in order to use the facility: wildlife management area, Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP), sportsman’s, honorary, lifetime or a valid three-day hunting and fishing license. To purchase a license, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes. Users need to bring their own gear. To reduce impact to targets, broadheads are not allowed.
The new range at Dodge County PFA is located four miles south of Eastman off U.S. Hwy. 341 on Dodge Lake Road and will be open sunrise to sunset, Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information on archery ranges available in Georgia, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges.