SOCIAL CIRCLE — A recently renovated archery range at Walton Wildlife Management Area has officially re-opened to the public. This is one of almost 40 archery and shooting ranges now available on public land in Georgia.

The renovation work was extensive, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Some of the improvements include:

• Covered, divided station lanes with ceiling fans.

• Six-lane static archery range with bow butt targets at 20-60 yard distances.

• Two additional archery lanes with 3-D targets set at various distances up to 60 yards.

• Increased ADA accessibility throughout the range

The archery range at Walton WMA will serve as a resource for area archery enthusiasts. Users will need to provide their own gear. To reduce impacts to targets, broadheads are not allowed.

The unstaffed range at Walton WMA is available from sunrise to sunset, and users of the range (age 16 and up) must have a valid recreational license, such as a hunting, fishing or Lands Pass license. Licenses are available at

The renovation work was made possible by hunters and shooters. The Wildlife Restoration Program, which funded a large portion of this project, is a federal program funded by hunters and shooters through excise taxes on the equipment they purchase and use, such as firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Money from the sale of hunting licenses also was an important source of funding for this project.

For more information on ranges available in Georgia, visit


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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