Does your state natural resources department operate ranges?


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kcmarine
May 24, 2007, 10:32 PM
Does your state natural resources department operate firearms ranges?

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Selfdfenz
May 24, 2007, 11:03 PM
I'm in NC. I think we have 1 WRC range in the whole state and while we have tons of state managed game lands I don't think you can go plinking there outside of some hunting season. Perhaps if you are varmit hunting but otherwise no shooting.

There aren't a lot of public or private rifle ranges here either. I envy the guys with one nearby.

S-

grimjaw
May 24, 2007, 11:09 PM
When I lived in Ohio (2004/5) they had a few.

I don't know if WA does.

jm

Avenger29
May 25, 2007, 01:05 AM
SC does. One is only a few miles from my house. It is a decent range- 100 yards, shooting tables, place to put your targets at 10 yards.

gdvan01
May 25, 2007, 01:09 AM
VA has a few WMA's that I'm aware of that have ranges. The Chickahominy WMA has a nice range that I've used multiple times.

MilsurpShooter
May 25, 2007, 09:32 AM
Of all places, we have one here in New York. Run by the parks department. 100/200 yard large bore. Trap and skeet. Pistol and archery range. Decent place, not much freedom though, very regulated.

DMK
May 25, 2007, 10:48 AM
I'm in NC. I think we have 1 WRC range in the whole state and while we have tons of state managed game lands I don't think you can go plinking there outside of some hunting season. Perhaps if you are varmit hunting but otherwise no shooting.

There aren't a lot of public or private rifle ranges here either. I envy the guys with one nearby.

My local range here in western NC is run by the Forestry service. I believe that's federal though.

It's not a bad range. It's small and clearly run on a shoestring budget, but it's clean and fairly well maintained. We have target stands at 15, 25, 50 and 100 yards. Good sturdy benches on a concrete pad, and no silly rules, just common sense safety stuff.

Smitty in CT
May 25, 2007, 10:49 AM
Yes, I am up in Connecticut, and even though the state is getting almost as bad as some of the other anti-gun states, the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) runs the rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges. The one that is just southeast of Hartford was recently remodeled, they did a pretty good job.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2794&Q=335934

heron
May 25, 2007, 10:59 AM
Ohio has a few, but the closest one to me is still too far to be convenient.

strat81
May 25, 2007, 11:10 AM
The city of Grand Island, Nebraska operates a great range that includes rifle, shotgun, and pistol ranges. http://www.heartlandpublicshootingpark.com/

Red Tornado
May 25, 2007, 11:22 AM
This is something I think Missouri does well. They've got 5 "main" ranges, but 75+ unstaffed ranges all over the state. If you're coming to Missouri, you can definitely find someplace to shoot....for free. Check out http://mdc.mo.gov/areas/ranges/unstaffed.htm and come visit.
RT

KMBRTAC45
May 25, 2007, 01:23 PM
My state does http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/shooting_sports.shtml

Alagator
May 25, 2007, 05:30 PM
Alabama operates ranges on several of its Wildlife Management Areas.

yhtomit
May 25, 2007, 05:35 PM
Here's their shooting-ranges site:

http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=480&q=161297

Most of the ranges are rifle-only, but a good number have handgun positions as well.

While it's not a biz. I think the state should be in overall, it's sure a better one for the state to be in than are many of the others in which it engages. And encouraging safe practice and accuracy (by means of a no-fee place to sight in rifles, practice technique, etc) is a good thing.

timothy

Ol` Joe
May 25, 2007, 08:01 PM
Michigan has ranges in some state recreation areas. I`m aware of three with in ~40 mile of me, may be others I don`t know of.

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