Firearm Range Rules

Range visitors should note that many of the ranges require possession of a hunting license, fishing license or Lands Pass. Be sure you have the appropriate license before visiting. 

Permissible Firearms

  1. Only firearms utilizing single projectile ammunition may be fired on DNR managed firing ranges. However, shotguns utilizing multiple projectile ammunition may be fired at stationary targets for purposes of assessing shotgun patterns and in areas specifically designated by DNR for shotguns. Sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles, machine guns, dangerous weapons, and silenced weapons as defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-121, and any weapon firing more than once with a single trigger pull are prohibited on DNR firing ranges. However, silenced weapons may be used by any person provided that such person has in their possession, at all times, proof of registration of such silencer consistent with the National Firearms Act and such person is in compliance with O.C.G.A. § 16-11-121.
  2. Rifles using centerfire cartridges .50 caliber or larger are prohibited. 

General Range Rules

  1. No alcoholic beverages (as defined in O.C.G.A. § 3-1-2) shall be possessed on any DNR managed firing range.
  2. No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs is permitted on a DNR firing range.
  3. No smoking is permitted on or near the firing line.
  4. Non-shooters must remain at least six feet behind the firing line whenever any shooter is at the firing line.
  5. Tracer or any ammunition considered to be incendiary or explosive is prohibited on the firing range.
  6. Targets must be constructed of paper, cardboard, ballistics polymer, or similar material that will not shatter or cause bullet ricochet. Metal targets may be used for special events if approved by DNR in advance.
  7. Ground level targets must be positioned so that a bullet will not strike flat ground before the backstop; all targets must be located so that a bullet will strike between the base and halfway up the backstop.
  8. No shooting at flying or thrown objects is allowed except with shotguns and shot shells in areas specifically designated by DNR for such shooting activities.
  9. All children (16 years old or younger) must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult 18 years old or older.
  10. All objects, trash, targets, and spent cartridge hulls must be removed by firing range users when leaving the range.
  11. Range use is allowed only in accordance with range hours and dates posted at the firing range. Note: Everyone at shooting at the Clybel WMA/Charlie Elliott Shotgun Range must have started shooting their final round on the shotgun range 45 minutes prior to close to ensure they complete the round by the range closing time of 6 p.m.
  12. Shooters shall fire only at the target directly down range of that person’s position.
  13. Any person using DNR firing ranges must wear hearing and eye protection.
  14. Double tapping or rapid fire is prohibited. Shooters shall allow at least one second between shots. 

Gun Handling Rules

  1. Any firearm must be unloaded and either cased or have its’ action open, except when it is at firing line and is being used for firing.
  2. In the event of a firearm malfunction, the shooter shall keep his/her firearm pointed down range, advise all persons at the firing line of the malfunction, and unload as soon as possible.
  3. In the event of a malfunction of another shooter’s firearm, all firearms must be unloaded with actions open for the duration of the malfunction.
  4. All firearms on the firing line must be grounded and unloaded, with actions open whenever anyone is downrange.
  5. Muzzles must be pointed downrange for all firearms on the firing line.
  6. The muzzle of every firearm when in the firing position must be in front of the front edge of the bench upon which it rests.
  7. All loading of muzzleloaders must be by single charge dispensers; pouring powder from larger containers directly into a muzzleloader is prohibited.  Loading muzzleloaders must be done at least six feet behind the firing line whenever another muzzle loading firearm is on the firing line.
  8. Shooters must be at the firing line before capping or priming muzzle loading firearms.
  9. In the event of a hangfire, muzzle loading firearms must be kept pointed downrange until the problem is corrected.
  10. Containers of muzzleloader propellant must remain closed except when needed for filling a single charge dispenser. 

Range Safety Officers

  1. Any person on the range shall obey the range commands of department Range Safety Officers. This includes, but is not limited to: Begin Fire commands, Cease Fire commands, and Resume Fire commands.
  2. Range Safety Officers may call a Cease Fire at any time an unsafe condition is recognized on the range.  Any person on the range shall immediately obey a Cease Fire command by grounding all firearms with actions open.
  3. It is unlawful for any person on the range to disregard Range Safety Officer warnings concerning failure to obey any range rule. 

Authority O.C.G.A. Title 27; O.C.G.A. §27-1-4; Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Regulation 391-4-9-.0