Quantico Archery Site open to all Marines, civilians with licenses
By Lance Cpl. Cuong le
| | October 29, 2013
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO Va. --
The Natural Resources and Environment Affairs Branch created the Quantico Archery Site with the help of the Conservation Volunteer Program to provide a place for Marines and civilians to practice their archery skills.
Lance Cpl. Cuong Le.
Marine Corps Base
Marines and civilians with archery, hunting or fishing license can access the site from 11 a.m., until half an hour after sunset from Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to half an hour after sunset on Saturday and Sunday.
“The [range] provides Marines and civilians an affordable and covenant place to practice archery,” said Brad Watkin, wildlife biologist, Natural Resource and Environment Affairs.” The course is also handicapped accessible.”
Marines and civilians can purchase their licenses at the Marine Corps Exchange, but civilians must go through a background check before purchase.
Although a license is required to use the Quantico Archery Site, hunters must pass a qualification class at the site before being able to hunt on base with their bow. The course is held every Saturday at 2 p.m.
“There is a lot more skill that comes into play when it comes to hunting with a bow as appose to hunting with a gun,” said Watkin.
Hunters who prefer the bow over the rifle are encouraged to visit the Quantico Archery Site.
To become proficient with the bow takes practice, that is why the Quantico Archery Site was built, said Watkin.
According to Ken Altizer, an archer using the Quantico Archery Site on Oct. 23, 2013, the site is definitely helpful to those who want to practice and become more proficient.
“The [range] would not have even been possible without the help of the Conservation Volunteer Program,” said John Rohm, head of the fish and wildlife program, Natural Resource and Environmental Affairs Branch.
The volunteer program is the official Marine Corps Base Quantico program that provides voluntary services to help accomplish natural and cultural resources management programs.
The range is truly a place for hunters and archers to hone their skills and become better bowmen, said Altizer.