The public shooting range located at Richmond Hill Wildlife Management Area will close for a short period of time beginning Nov. 15, 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The Richmond Hill Shooting Range, located in Bryan County, will temporarily close for the construction of the new range safety building. Current plans are to re-open the range by Jan. 15, 2014.
Funding for this range improvement work is done by using funds from the Federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program. Sportsmen and women provide more than $30 million each year through the Federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program to fund wildlife conservation in the state through license fees and self-imposed excise taxes collected on the purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and fishing equipment. Funds are granted on the State level based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses in Georgia.
Georgia has 18 public shooting ranges (firearms or shotgun ranges) and 12 archery ranges. To receive free updates on ranges (closures, new ranges, etc.), be sure to “click” on the red envelope at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges and sign up!
Range visitors should note that most areas require possession of a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) or other qualifying license prior to use. Be sure you have the appropriate license before visiting. For information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges.