Shooting Sports USA | Places To Shoot: Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America

The Arlington-Fairfax, Inc. chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is a shining example of member engagement. The club is an almost entirely voluntary organization and was founded in 1937 as an independent chapter of the IWLA, one of the oldest and most respected conservation organizations in the country.

Just a short drive from Washington, DC, the club offers a variety of recreational opportunities on 110 acres with venues for a variety of shooting disciplines, including archery, a fishing pond, campsites, playing fields and picnic areas.

Multiple shooting events and special activities draw many attendees to the grounds with monthly bullseye pistols, black powder, and seasonal service rifle fights. Many of the games are public.

Education is a priority for the club and members volunteer as range officers and trainers. Members and the general public have access to NRA-certified courses in pistol, rifle, shotgun, reloading, home security and personal protection, hunter training, and instructor training courses. The club also offers several archery courses and organizes classes for specialized courses such as the Boy Scout Merit Badge.

The Chapter’s very active youth teams have won awards in both local and national competitions, including the Junior Air Rifle Championships and the JOAD National Championships. At the last inspection, at least 40 records were fired at the air rifle area by these talented young shooters.

The club participates in environmental projects on and off the property, including organizing and volunteering with regular clean-up of local waterways and parks, as well as helping with environmental projects for the Boy Scouts Eagles program. In the summer of 2008, the chapter became the first target shooting range and the only non-state shooting range to be included in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.

Each year the Chapter hosts a voluntary Christmas party for disadvantaged children, as well as a summer picnic and fishing event for disabled children. And since 1997, the club’s Crush’n Clays Charity Classic tournament has raised more than $ 350,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. With members who are real athletes, the people in this chapter care about the sport of shooting and the environment – and they work hard to uphold both.

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