A partnership between the City of Dothan and state agencies has brought major upgrades to the Eastgate Archery Range and for some, the new range is hitting a bull’s-eye.
“I have always been passionate about it [archery], Athletic Coordinator of Dothan Leisure Services Roy Kitts said. “I look forward to basically having an outlet where anyone can come shoot.”
The Eastgate Archery Range has been open at Eastegate for more than three years, but state funds were able to bring new things to the range, such as targets, a pavilion, an elevated platform and even Olympic Style Skill classes.
“It is a good learning experience, we are basically showing them the basics and getting them through the program and everyone is having a really good time,” said Jason Carey, an archery instructor.
Tanner Patterson, an archery student says that he was impressed with his progress at the class.
“I was kind of surprised, because I did not think that I was that good,” said Patterson. “I was also thinking ‘what if this happens, or this happens, or what if I shoot somebody.”
However, instructors say with fun comes responsibility.
“The biggest thing for safety is to know that you are shooting a weapon. It does have an element of danger to it and that is why it is so important to come out here and get the safety tips and guidelines that we are able to provide and then that gives you a good base to set yourself up on and try to prevent any future mistakes,” said Carey.
The archery range is open to the public every day except for Wednesday. Shooters just need to bring their own equipment and their hunting or heritage license with them. For more information visit the Dothan Leisure Service page on www.dothan.org.
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