Learn how to take your range to the next level at NRA's comprehensive range development conference

NRA Range Development & Operations Conference

Fairfax, Virginia - If you're a range owner or are thinking about opening one, what's it worth to make sure you're doing everything right? In four days the NRA can give you the information needed to transform your facility into the best and safest option for shooters in your area at the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference.

This four-day industry seminar walks range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, through identifying all of the potential problems associated ranges. From the novices to the decades-old ranges, everybody has something to learn. Environmental concerns, safety issues, properly development, you name it and we can handle it.

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Support from U.S. Forest Service and VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries means new range opportunities this fall

New section added to a shooting range range in Blacksburg, Virginia

In the latest edition of NRA Sports Magazine, National Liaison for Recreational Programs & Ranges Brian D. Hyder shares the story of a new range opening in southwest Virginia ...

Blacksburg, Virginia - Sometime this fall, shooters in the southwest Virginia and West Virginia area will be treated to a newly renovated and expanded shooting range near Blacksburg, VA. The project is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and the National Rifle Association. Materials for the project will be provided by the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and the NRA’s Public Range Grant Program. Most of the labor will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Event raises funds to ‘Save Recreational Shooting in Arizona

Arizona Fish & Game DepartmentPhoenix, Arizona – The future of recreational shooting in Arizona looks a little brighter after a successful fundraising event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix on Saturday, April 12. The Arizona Game and Fish Department teamed up with TreadLightly! to sponsor the combination fun shoot and dinner party attended by nearly 200 people.

Recreational shooting in Arizona came under increased scrutiny when the Sonoran Desert National Monument, one of the last parcels of public land open to recreational shooting within a 30 mile radius of Phoenix, was ready to ban recreational target shooting. As an alternative to closure, Game and Fish, TreadLightly!, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service were asked to develop a model public/private partnership to keep Arizona’s public lands open to recreational shooting. This partnership is considered a pilot project that can, when proven successful, be replicated across the nation.

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From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - WDFW restricts target-shooting hours at Wenas Wildlife Area to prevent wildfires

State of Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission logo Yakima, Washington - To reduce the risk of wildfires, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will again restrict target shooting on the Wenas Wildlife Area near Yakima and Ellensburg.

Under a temporary rule in effect from June 2 through Sept. 30, target shooting will be restricted to the hours between sunrise and 11 a.m. when the risk of starting a wildfire is less severe.

Public notice of the limited hours will be posted at all entry points and established target shooting sites in the wildlife area.

WDFW adopted the rule in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which owns lands within the 114,150-acre wildlife area.

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Public ranges offer hunters the chance to check you sights and test your gear

Public Range partial funded by grants from the NRA

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - The advent of Spring (at least in some parts of the country) brings about a welcoming of all things new. New jobs, new hunting season, and new gear you’re chomping at the bit to take out in the woods. But before you’re ready to take anything out for more than dry run, best to make sure all is in working order. That’s why the reopening of Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Colorado is so important.

Closed in a seasonal fashion in order to protect the “wintering wildlife,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range for the coming season. Open seven days a week, the range is open from sunrise to sunset throughout the fall.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - NRA Presents $25,000 Check to Wildlife Commission for Public Shooting Range

Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers (L) accepts a $25,000 check from National Rifle Association of America Director of General Operations Program Development Brian Hyder to support construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County. Photo by Melissa McGaw Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

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From the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Glastonbury Shooting Range Re-opens for 2014 Season

Weekend Hours Begin April 5, 2014 Special Provisions for Turkey Hunters

Shotgun shells discarded across the path to the elevated station

Hartford, Connecticut - Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that the Glastonbury Shooting Range is scheduled to open for supervised public use on Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, April 5, 2014, and remaining open through November 30, 2014. The range is located within the Meshomasic State Forest off of Toll Gate Road in Glastonbury, and supervision will be by DEEP certified range safety officers.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Join us for a special event to help protect access and recreational shooting in Arizona

Arizona landscape from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Phoenix, Arizona - Tread Lightly! and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are hosting a Fun Shoot and Steak Dinner on Saturday, April 12, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding recreational shooting and to raise funding to implement education, outreach and engagement strategies designed to save recreational shooting opportunities on public and other lands in Arizona.

Tread Lightly! is engaged with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, other agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to find common ground to balance resource protection with maintaining access to outdoor recreation, including recreational shooting.

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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Shooting ranges can apply for grant through March 17

Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has first shot at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening

Salem, Oregon — Non-profit shooting ranges based in Oregon are invited to apply for a cost-share grant to improve their facilities. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. PT on March 17, 2014.

The application can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/range_development.asp

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