The Potomac State Forest will open their 3D archery range for the season at the end of the month. The set-up allows participants to shoot at variety of life-sized, artificial animals marked with scoring rings.
The area offers 30 targets that range in size from a large bear to a small beaver, set at varying distances. Participants can even take a shot at non native animals, like an alligator or cheetah. There is also a mock tree stand that allows archers to practice safely and easily from an elevated position without the hassle of climbing a tree. Archers can shoot from different distance on every target, based upon their skill level. The area is a good place for hunters to practice their skills.
The range will be open from March 31 to September 30, 2012, daily from sunrise to sunset, on a self-registration system. The Department of Natural Resources originally opened the archery range in 1997. It is located in the wooded area behind the Potomac-Garrett Headquarters at 1431 Potomac Camp Road. The range is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 12-16, and free for ages 11 and under. Archers must provide their own equipment.
For more information, call the Potomac-Garrett State Forest office at 301-334-2038 or visit, dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/potomacforest.asp.