By Kyle Jillson | September 20 2014 12:00

South Dakota works to accommodate growing shooting sports community

Oahe Downstream Range in South Dakota

The number of Americans interested in the shooting sports grows every day. But with this popularity comes an increased need for safe and friendly shooting ranges around the country. Otto Jose of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrote an excellent article on how South Dakota is tackling the issue with help from the NRA and other conservation-focused organizations.

In 1937 the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) was authorized into law to restore and enhance wildlife species. It was and continues to be a major force and benefit to conservation efforts in the United States. It wasn’t until 1970 when a 10 percent excise on pistols and revolvers was amended into the Act which allowed for funding hunter education and shooting range development. Another amendment followed in 1972 that placed an 11 percent excise tax on archery equipment providing additional funding. These amendments opened the door for State agencies to begin investing in shooting range facilities for recreational shooters.

It’s no mystery to shooting sports enthusiast that finding a safe and convenient place to shoot is becoming more difficult. As our population continues to increase, areas that were once remote are now residential and commercial developments. Even in South Dakota with a population of only 845,000 there are areas in the State where finding a safe shooting range nearby can be a challenge.

More on South Dakota range improvements ...

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