The 50-yard public firearms shooting range located at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia will temporarily close beginning Feb. 23, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The range, scheduled to re-open March 4-5 (weather has set back the work, so this is current best estimate), is set to have noise-reducing infrastructure installed during this time period. During this time of work, the 100-yard range will remain open, as well as the shotgun range and archery range.
Funding for 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.