FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do I need to be a member to visit?
You do not have to be a member of Anne Arundel Archers to utilize the practice targets. The first 5 targets on the left as soon as you enter the range are open to the public, 7 days a week, from sunrise until sunset. There will usually be a few friendly faces around to help get you started.
The practice targets are closed during work parties (clean up), or tournaments. We have that information posted on Facebook when we do have those events. Join our Facebook page for those updates.
What can I shoot?
Anne Arundel Archers range allows many kinds of bows, however please note that the following items are not permitted:
- Wooden Arrows
All guests and members must adhere to this guideline. Broadheads, wooden arrows, and crossbow arrows ruin our target butts, and it is very costly to replace them (which we have to do manually.)
Those whom are found out of compliance with the above will be asked to leave the range.
Do I have to be a member to compete in a tournament?
All are welcome to the shoots hosted by Anne Arundel Archers. You do not have to be a member to come and compete in any of our MAA (Maryland Archery Association) associated shoots or our 3-D shoots. Even if you want to just come check it out first, you are welcome to come visit our range and speak with our members who can guide you and give you advice.
What should I bring?
If you are coming to our range for the first time, you will likely find plenty of folks around to help you get situated. If you are coming to the county classes, practice, or a tournament for the first time, a few helpful items to consider are below:
- Bug spray – Our entire range is in a forested area, so there are many critters and insects around. Bring bug spray to protect yourself.
- Sunscreen – If you are going to be out for a long time, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen, as areas of our range are not completely covered.
- Closed-toed shoes – There are many roots and rocks and things to trip on around the range, so wearing stable, closed-toed shoes is highly recommended.
- Water – Our range does have restroom facilities, but there are no vending machines or access to food/water. Please bring whatever you will need for your visit.
Anne Arundel Archers does not provide or support private lessons. Archery classes for ages 8+ are available each Spring and Autumn through Anne Arundel County Rec & Park Department (click here to be directed.) Classes run for 5 Saturdays, and the club will provide all of the equipment you will need for classes. You just need to show up! Registration usually opens up about a month before the start dates, and classes do fill up very quickly, so don’t delay in signing up!
Helpful tips about classes:
- Parents and guardians must stay at the range while the students are taking classes. Anne Arundel Archers is not responsible for students.
- Don’t buy equipment! We will provide what you will need to get started in archery. We would much prefer that you get some experience with what it is like to shoot before you make major investments in archery equipment which may be ill-fitted to your true needs and preferences.
- See the above section on “What should I bring?”
- Inclement Weather: If the weather is inclement, announcements of cancellations and rescheduling will be made on our Facebook page. Please join our Facebook group for those updates. In the event of a cancellation, the county will be contacting students with the contact information students have provided at registration.
Anne Arundel Archers does not have a youth program in place, such as the JOAD (Junior Olympic Archer Development) program. For further information on participating clubs, please reference md-archery.org for info on the training options other clubs in the area might offer.
Associated Clubs and Tournament Schedule
If Anne Arundel Archers is not the closest range to you, you can check out information about other clubs and their offerings by visiting the Maryland Archery Association’s website, md-archery.org. You will also find the MAA’s tournament schedule, maps, and contact info for other clubs.