Northern Virginia Archers

The Club

NORVA is a members-only archery club whose range is located beside Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia, with approximately 71 acres of prime Virginia park land. We are dedicated to the sport of archery and all of its disciplines, and cater to both compound and traditional archers of all skill levels! We are affiliated with the Virginia Bowhunters Association, the Virginia Field Archery Association, and the National Field Archery Association.

Our Ranges

Come enjoy our seven dedicated archery ranges

THE PRACTICE RANGE gets the most use out of all of NORVA's ranges. It contains six fixed distance ranges starting at 11 yards going to 40 yards and has a combination of block and 3-D targets.

THE LONG-DISTANCE PRACTICE RANGE is designed for the expert archer, but also can cater to the novice. The range is marked from 15 to 60 yards with markers every five yards in between.

THE BROADHEAD RANGE is designed for our dedicated bowhunters and is the only range at NORVA that allows archers to use broadhead arrow heads.

THE ARCHERY ACADEMY RANGE is dedicated to our novice archers that are new to the sport. This range has four fixed distance targets with a fabric mesh screen draped behind them to catch any stray arrows. It is intended to be used solely for orientation and class environments, so we ask our general members to refrain from using it and leave it for the inexperienced archers.

THE FIELD ARCHERY RANGE is an NFAA certified, fixed-distance field archery course. This is our most relaxing course, offering benches for regular breaks and taking archers down paths along streams and through grassy clearings on an easy 2 mile hike in the Virginia woodlands. The course is split into two separate ranges: 1-14 on one half and 15-28 on the other half. Signs are posted at regular intervals to keep our archers on the right trail. This range is host to many archery tournaments during the competition season and is used for both target shooting and paper animal targets. It is managed by our Field Course Range Captains, John Parker (Lane 1-14) and Mark Finkenstaedt (Lane 15-28).

THE RUNNING BUCK is only set up during tournaments held at the club. The range is pretty simple once you see it, but be warned that looks are deceiving. We have a steel cable set up that stretches the entire length of the shooting range. A full size 3-D target is set up on a sliding pulley that travels down the angled slope of the cable. Once the target clears the restriction line, shooters will attempt to place their shot on the moving target. The trick here is that you have to get your shots off early, because the longer you allow the target to travel, the faster it will go

THE 3-D ARCHERY RANGE is our pride and joy, and one of the largest of its kind in Northern Virginia. The course is stretched out on a 1.5 mile trail loop and has 25 individual lanes that are unmarked distances and dotted along a terrain walking trail. Each lane is designed for a wide variety of skills to make it one of the most versatile archery ranges in the state of Virginia. Archers can shoot from one of the six following categories:

 

Blue (max 50 yards)
Bowhunter Open (MBO), Semi-Pro (SPM), Pro Release (PMR), Pro Female (PRF), Pro Seniors (PSR), Known 50

Green (max 45 yards)
Female Bowhunter Open (FBO), Bowhunter Release (MBR), Bowhunter Fingers (MBF), Men’s Senior Class (MSR), Masters Class (MCBH), Pro Hunter (PHC)

Red (max 40 yards)
Youth Release Ages 15-17 (YMR 15-17), Female Bowhunter Release (FBR), Advanced Hunter Class (AHC), Female Seniors (FSR), Senior Master Class (SMC)

Yellow (max 35 yards)
Hunter Class (HC), Hunter Fingers (HF), Senior Hunter (SHC), Master Hunter (MHC)

Orange (max 30 yards)
Youth Hunter (YH), Youth Release Ages 13-14 (YMR 13-14), Female Youth (FY), Female Hunter Class (FHC), Senior Female Hunter (SFHC), Physically Challenged (PCBH), Recurve Un-Aided (RU), Traditional (TRD)

White (max 25 yards)
Cub (CUB), Youth Fingers (YF), Youth Traditional (YTRD), Longbow (LB), Senior Traditional (STRD), Female Traditional (FTRD)

It is managed by our 3-D Course Range Captain, Willy Whitlock.

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