Get Zeroed in for Deer Season at New Shooting Range

The U.S. Forest Service and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries have partnered to create a new shooting range located in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama.

Shooting RangeState, federal, and local officials will hold a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26. The public is invited to attend and to enjoy the shooting range after the event.

The facility includes a 10-station, 100-yard shooting range and a 10-station, 50-yard shooting range. Adjacent to the 100-yard shooting range is a shotgun shooting area for people who bring their own clay targets and thrower. With deer season opening in November, the range will provide excellent opportunities for hunters to zero scopes for rifles, handguns and shotguns.

The ranges are wheelchair accessible and have concrete walkways for downrange access to the target lines. The facility is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

A valid Alabama hunting, wildlife heritage, Wildlife Management Area license, or daily U.S. Forest Service permit ($3 per car) is required for all shooting range users between the ages of 16 and 64.

Licenses can be obtained by visiting the license section of www.outdooralabama.com, by calling 1-888-848-6887, or from various outdoors retailers.  For a limited time, the daily Forest Service permit will be free.

The Conecuh Shooting Range grand opening also kicks off the 20th anniversary of Public Lands Day, an event that raises awareness of how volunteers can work to improve and restore various public lands in an effort to preserve America’s natural heritage.

The 84,000-acre Conecuh National Forest is located in south Alabama in Covington and Escambia counties near the Florida state line. Recreational activities include hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, swimming, a shooting range, camping and wildlife watching. The Conecuh National Forest is also the site of conservation efforts to bolster populations of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, reintroduce the eastern indigo snake to Alabama and restore longleaf pine ecosystems that provide quality habitat for plant and animal populations.

For more information about the Conecuh National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.

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