From the Arizona Fish & Game Department - Take in the fun at this weekend’s free Outdoor Expo

Outdoor enthusiasts know that the place to be this weekend is the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Feel free to invite your family and friends!

The free event offers loads of activities, presentations and exhibits for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. Whether you want to see live wildlife, take the kids fishing at the huge catch-and-release tanks, try out shooting sports on the range, view OHV and boating exhibits, learn target archery, watch exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition, attend informative presentations, or visit with more than 150 exhibitors, the Outdoor Expo offers something for everyone.

Best of all, admission and parking are free. There is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the shooting venues. The Gold Sponsor for this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is Cabela’s.

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Money to be matched 3:1 with federal funds

 The McMiller Range is one of three state-run ranges in Wisconsin to receive a grant from the NRA Public Range Fund.

A state-run shooting range located in northern Wisconsin’s Iron County will undergo improvements to expand opportunities and make the range safer thanks to a nearly $15,000 donation from the National Rifle Association’s Public Range Fund Grant Program.
Keith Warnke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting and shooting sport coordinator, accepted a check in the amount of $14,700 from the NRA late last year for the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range project.

This was the third grant awarded by the NRA Public Range Fund in 2012 for upgrading public ranges in Wisconsin. The first two, each for $25,000, were for the Yellowstone Lake State Park range in Lafayette County and the McMiller Range in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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In five days the NRA will make sure your range is up to snuff

NRA Range Development & Operations Conference

Fairfax, Virginia - Ranges are getting pretty busy nowadays, aren't they? For anyone who owns, operates, or is looking to start their own shooting range, the NRA can help you get the most out of it. Give us just five days and our NRA Range Development & Operations Conference will teach you how to have best and safest option for shooters in your area.

This industry seminar walks range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, through identifying all of the potential problems associated ranges (i.e. environmental issues, safety, development). From novices to veterans, everybody has something to learn about efficiently tackling these issues.

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The NRA Range Development & Operations Conference is here to help you out

NRA Range Development & Operations Conference

Fairfax, Virginia - To all you current and future gun range owners out there, is your facility the best it can be? Give the NRA five days and we'll help you transform it into the best and safest option for shooters in the area. There are a lot of concerns out there about environmental issues, safety and how to properly develop a range. At the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference you'll get educated on how to tackle these issues and have a top notch facility.

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Has the funding of public ranges been put into question?

Belfast Wildlife Area rifle range in South Carolina

Above is a picture of the Belfast Wildlife Area rifle range in Kindards, South Carolina. Belfast was the first public unmanned shooting range opened and paid for completely with funds raised by NRA Grants and the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program ... an act made possible through Pittman-Robertson grants.

Several other state Natural Resource Departments (Georgia and West Virginia to name a few) have followed suit. Opening such facilities throughout the United States provides hunters and shooters with a convenient, low cost location to sight in their firearms and get in some long needed trigger time. Now that may be in jeopardy.

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Learn valuable range development skills from the NRA

Range Development & Operations Conference

Do you own a firing range or are thinking about opening one? Want it to be the best, safest option for shooters in the area? Well look no further than a NRA Range Development & Operations Conference, which focuses on the fundamental aspects of building and maintaining a shooting facility.

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A shooter tries out the NRA's Electronic Target system from ShotResonse on NRAblog

Tomorrow, May 19, in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, you can try out the electronic targets used in the Olympics at the Peacemaker National Training Center.

The event is a part of the NRA's effort to increase awareness of Electronic Target Systems and their use for recreational shooting.

NRA member or not, everyone is invited to break in new firearms, sight-in rifles, or get in some good 'ol practice on ShotResponse's state-of-the-art electronic target equipment.

Novice? You're invited. High Master? Still invited. Anybody is welcome and you'll even leave with a print-out of your target and score to show off.

Peacemaker National will also be holding a long range shooting demonstration by Aaron Davidson, host of "Long Range Pursuit," who will give pointers and take a few shots at 1,000 yards.


There's a new place for the public to shoot in Newton County

Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has first shot at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening ran a story this morning about another Public Range Fund success story down in Georgia:

GA: New NRA-Funded Shotgun Range Opens

Mansfield, Georgia - Trap and skeet enthusiasts have a new range to visit now that the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) Shotgun Range officially opened Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division. 


This week in 2010, NRAblog met the Bohns of South Dakota. They were in North Carolina for the Range Development and Operations Conference. Once again, here's their story:

From left to right: Corey Gabbert, Justin Bohn, Derek Schaff, Nick Klusack, Tammy Bohn
Members of North Dakota's Fun Mart Cycle Center are looking to start an indoor range.

Charlotte, North Carolina - Tammy and Justin Bohn and three of their employees are attending this weekend’s NRA Range Development and Operations Conference in Charlotte, NC. The North Dakota-based couple were eager to tell NRAblog they have been blessed. “We have a very successful motorcycle dealership with 16 full-time employees,” Tammy said. (Check out their website: The couple are proud to have a close-knit staff at the dealership, including several nephews and other family members. “We even moved Aunt Linda up from Georgia to help with the store,” Tammy said.


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