Posts tagged: shooting ranges
SHOOTING — Hunters preparing their firearms for upcoming big-game seasons have a new option this year — the revamped range at Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho.
The 100-yard Farragut Shooting Range reopened on June 1 after several years of closure while Idaho Fish and Game rebuilt the facility to increase safety and reduce noise at the 70-year-old range.
With big game hunting seasons fast approaching, the range will be open every Saturday for the rest of September through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., staffed by trained volunteers. Cost $5 per shooter.
On Sept. 21, The Farragut Range will have a special Grand Opening. Shooters can check out the new and improved facility and sight-in rifles for free.
Firearms are limited this year to rimfire and centerfire rifles of less than .50 caliber; and, shoulder-fired muzzle-loaded rifles.
Access to the range is through Farragut State Park, and participants must either be in possession of an annual Idaho State Park pass or pay the $5 daily use fee upon entering the park.
The original range was built by the military and turned over to civilian use after WW2.
Area rifle clubs also open their ranges so non-member sportsmen can zero in rifles before the general hunting seasons.
The annual Sight-In Days are set for Oct. 2-5 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This is a great deal. For $20 for one rifle (cash or check) plus $5 for each additional rifle, the club offers a scope and firearm checkup before you hit the range plus assistance from a helper/spotter on the range, targets provided.
Club rules require that all firearms should be unloaded when arriving at the range.
Ear and eye protection is required and available at the club if needed.
The club is open daily to non-members, with shooting allowed from 8 a.m. to around 7 p.m. The fee is $10.
Info: (208) 666-8803.
SHOOTING — A bill to protect shooting ranges from civil liability and noise pollution lawsuits, House Bill 1508, has been introduced in the Washington Legislature by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24).
“Shooting ranges are critical to competitive and recreational shooters, hunters, law enforcement, and for individuals who just want to practice for self-defense,” an NRA alert reminds us. “Shooting ranges should be both accessible and affordable for everyone. Washington is one of only two states that does not have some form of a range protection law. There are currently several shooting ranges in Washington that are facing legal battles and burdensome regulations, which if not addressed, could result in their closure.”
According to the bill, rules that regulate noise in the “outdoor atmosphere do not apply to a sport shooting range.”