By Lars Dalseide | May 10 2012 14:49

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

NRAHuntersRights.org 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. 

Speaking at the range’s dedication, Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams said, “The shooting sports are safe, high-quality activities for families to enjoy. The Wildlife Resources Division’s program helps cultivate a life-long love of shooting and fosters a sense of conservation for generations to come.” 

The new range, which consists of a skeet range, trap range and 5-stand opportunities, is one of 18 shooting ranges (rifle or shotgun) currently available on public land in Georgia. Funding for the range came from the Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the National Rifle Association, Breedlove Land Planning, Inc., and Gay Construction Co.

Brian Hyder, NRA
Eastern Regional Director at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening

The NRA contributed $25,000 for the range through a grant awarded through the NRA Public Range Fund Grant Program. The fund was started in 2009 to address the lack of public shooting ranges nationwide. Through this matching-grant program, NRA is working with city and county governments and state and federal agencies to build and improve public shooting ranges across the country.

Since 2009, the program has awarded 20 grants totaling $493,230 to build new public ranges in 13 states (Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming).

“The NRA is very proud to be a partner in this endeavor to provide opportunities for the shotgun shooters of the state,” said Brian Hyder, NRA Eastern Regional Director. “The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has shown their commitment to the shooting sports as exemplified by this wonderful facility at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Thousands of participants will enjoy this shotgun range, and we are particularly excited about the young people who will break their first clay target here, setting them on a lifelong path of shooting sports enjoyment.  

Read the rest NRAHuntersRights' coverage of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening here.

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

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