Shooters have been hitting targets since October, but the new Cedar Creek Shooting Range was officially dedicated today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.
Speaking at today’s event, 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.”
In Georgia, shooting sports generate more than $478 million dollars in economic impact and more than 1,700 jobs, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Additional speakers at today’s event included USDA Forest Service’s District Ranger Ben Battle, National Rifle Association’s Southern Regional Director Al Hammond and National Wild Turkey Federation’s Georgia Chapter State President Greg Brown. Darren Kendall, Regional Representative for the Office of Senator Saxby Chambliss, read a congratulatory letter from the Senator and Dennis Pitts, Field Representative for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, also was in attendance.
This range, located at the Cedar Creek WMA in the Oconee National Forest near Eatonton, is one of 17 shooting ranges currently available on public land in Georgia. The range consists of a 10-position, 100-yard rifle/pistol range.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division worked with the U.S. Forest Service to plan its construction. Support also was provided by the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited and Putnam County.
“We are proud of this partnership effort, which provides a quality and affordable facility that reflects the exceptional resources of the Oconee National Forest and the interests of those who recreate here,” says Ben Battle.
The Cedar Creek Shooting Range is located near the intersection of Hwy 212 and Bradley Road and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday year-round (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day). The range also will close if the range attendant is not currently on site.