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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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Public invited to grand opening of Northern Arizona Shooting Range

Rifle at the ready on an outdoor range. Flagstaff, Arizona - The public is invited to the grand opening of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, located east of Flagstaff, on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with an honor guard presentation of colors by officers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety, followed by remarks from Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles, Game and Fish Commissioners Jack Husted and John W. Harris, Northern Arizona Shooting Foundation President Bill Gow, former Game and Fish Commissioner Michael Golightly, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, Arizona House Representative Tom Chabin, and other invited dignitaries.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Fish and Wildlife Department Makes Grant Money Available to Shooting Ranges

Open air, free to the public shooting range

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is continuing a grant program that increases access to safe places to shoot.

The grant is available for shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges and archery ranges. Applicants have until 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2013 to submit applications. The funding period is Fiscal Year 2014, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program was developed to encourage shooting ranges to make improvements and enhance their safety and operation. “Increased range opportunities encourage hunters to become more proficient with firearms and promote safe and responsible gun handling,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry.

Projects eligible for funding include shooting range development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and road and parking lot improvement. Grant money can be also used for lead mitigation measures.

The Fish & Wildlife Department anticipates making a total of $80,000 available this year. These funds are derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is funded from Federal excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment. Grant Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recipients are required to provide 25 percent of project funding, which may come from an ‘in-kind’ funding match such as volunteer labor or donations.

A range receiving one of these grants must provide at least 20 hours of public use per week when in operation and the facility must be made available at reasonable times for hunter education courses.

For further information or to download an application packet, visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Click on “Hunting and Trapping,” and then on “Shooting Ranges in Vermont.” You may also contact Chris Saunders, Hunter Education Coordinator, at 802-828-1193.

From Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Byers Canyon Shooting Range opens to the public

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range and the public can once again head to Hot Sulphur Springs to enjoy the popular facility.

The range is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, except during the winter, and includes five centerfire rifle ranges of 25, 100, and 200 yards, one .22 caliber rifle range, one shotgun, and one handgun range. The range also includes straw bales for archery. There is wheel chair access to the 25 and 100-yard target range.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Grants Available to Improve Public Access to Non-Profit or Municipal Shooting Ranges across the State

Grants Program Application Period Is Now Open Through May 31

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

In an effort to support recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women across the state and to promote safe and responsible use of firearms, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, launched the Shooting Range Small Grants Program. This effort, which encourages the development, improvement and operations of shooting ranges, is tied to Governor Cuomo's Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.

Funding for 2013 includes $65,000 for matching grants at a three to one ratio to eligible non-profit or municipal shooting ranges across the state. Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, made available to state fish and wildlife agencies for their sportsman education activities.

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NRA conference to make your range the best it can be heads to the Mile High City this weekend

NRA Range Development & Operations Conference

Fairfax, Virginia - How good is your local shooting range? Could it use any improvements? In five days the NRA can give range owners the information they need transform their facilities into the best and safest option for shooters in the area at the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference.

This five-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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