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 Wilson Shoals WMA Shooting Range
nmartin86  [Member]
3/8/2012 8:39:45 PM
Anyone been to this shooting range lately? What are the busiest hours? I'd like to get out there soon, but don't want to spend my day waiting in a line. Thanks in advance!
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MntnMnWV  [Member]
3/8/2012 8:50:42 PM
Go first thing in the mornings. You'll usually have an hour or two before the benches start to fill. Although I've never seen a weekday where you'd have to wait more then 5 minutes for a spot.

Never Never ever go on a weekend or holiday. Ever.

nmartin86  [Member]
3/8/2012 8:54:16 PM
Will it be that bad at 9:00 am Saturday morning? I work 8 - 5 Monday - Friday. So going on the weekdays is near impossible.
MntnMnWV  [Member]
3/8/2012 9:02:02 PM
Originally Posted By nmartin86:
Will it be that bad at 9:00 am Saturday morning? I work 8 - 5 Monday - Friday. So going on the weekdays is near impossible.


If the sun is out...maybe not at 9, but by 10 I would expect it to be busy.

Thing you have to remember about DNR vs public ranges like Creekside, on weekends. At Creekside, everyone there is a shooter. They (ok, most) are playing the game as it should be played. At the DNR ranges, you'll get Dad shooting and BSing. Mom standing around generally looking pissed, and seven kids digging thru the trash and fighting among themselves. Personally, I would much rather shoot on a packed line with actual shooters, then shoot at a DNR range with six open benches, and 25 extra people standing around.

nmartin86  [Member]
3/8/2012 9:10:06 PM
Thanks for the info. I may ride up there and see how it is on Saturday morning. I have a membership to the Elberton Gun Club, but its a 10 minute drive versus a 1.25 hour drive.
Gentleman4561  [Team Member]
3/8/2012 11:32:58 PM
I shoot here fairly often. Probably 2-3 times a month. I know most of the RO's...some of them are morons and 1 of them knows guns. Go very early for your best chance at surviv....i mean a bench. Last time I was there I saw a guy discharge his "unloaded" sigma into the ground while drawing it from a serpa holster.

The second incident was much worse. Lets just say I got some serious first hand experience that can all be read about it http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_8_35/476997_Firing_a_Mosin_out_of_battery___Dont_do_it___My_first_aid_expierence_UpdatePics_of_the_First_aid_kit.html

So if you go...stay safe. I generally go on Fridays as the range is almost always empty in the mornings.

Also, be aware that you must now have a WMA stamp to shoot on the range.
daddy_steve  [Team Member]
3/9/2012 12:13:04 AM
It's called a GORP

"Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 32 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide.)"
coastal_shredder  [Team Member]
3/9/2012 12:18:07 AM
Originally Posted By daddy_steve:
It's called a GORP

"Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 32 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide.)"


You can use a WMA range with either the GORP or the WMA stamp.
Fragalistic  [Member]
3/9/2012 7:27:27 AM
Originally Posted By coastal_shredder:
Originally Posted By daddy_steve:
It's called a GORP

"Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 32 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide.)"


You can use a WMA range with either the GORP or the WMA stamp.


Or a lifetime hunting/fishing license.

Gentleman4561  [Team Member]
3/9/2012 11:55:25 AM

Originally Posted By Fragalistic:
Originally Posted By coastal_shredder:
Originally Posted By daddy_steve:
It's called a GORP

"Effective January 1, 2012, a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is required to use 32 properties managed by Wildlife Resources Division. (In all, Wildlife Resources manages more than 100 properties. GORP affects only one-third of the wildlife areas statewide.)"


You can use a WMA range with either the GORP or the WMA stamp.


Or a lifetime hunting/fishing license.

Yep thats how I do it.

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