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11/2/2022 4:30:06 PM
Posted: 8/22/2022 11:40:38 PM EST
I grew up in AZ and was spoiled by the fact I could drive 20 mins (kind of an exaggeration but not by much) in any direction and be able to shoot. I dont do the indoor ranges. I am looking for the closest outdoor place to shoot as I like to go often.

Link Posted: 8/23/2022 2:50:56 AM EST
couple outdoor DNR ranges, one in Polk City and one near Carlisle.

couple private ranges, one with a long waitlist

Des Moines rifle and revolver is a 2 year wait last I heard

Issac Walton league in Elkhart is an option but you have to figure out their schedule a lot of times I have heard (IDPA, USPSA, 3 gun, HS Trap).

there is a decent long distance range near Afton about 1:15 from Des Moines if you bring your own stuff you can shoot closer ranges
Link Posted: 8/23/2022 7:34:12 AM EST
Ankeny Ikes is your best bet.
Dragoon Trail Chapter
4857 Northeast 110th Avenue, Elkhart, Iowa 50073, United States
Available Ranges

4 Trap Ranges
3 Manual Trap Throwers
Archery Range
Bay 1 - 100 Yard Rifle Bay
Bay 2 - 50 Yard Rifle/Pistol Bay
Bay 3 - 50 Yard Rifle/Pistol Bay
Bay 4 - 50 Yard Rifle/Pistol Bay
Bay 5 - 35 Yard Rifle/Pistol Bay

Link Posted: 8/23/2022 9:02:16 PM EST
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I was in the same boat when I moved here. I’m a member at HLOA

Wide ~35yd bay
100yd range
Main has berms out to ~800yd

Link Posted: 8/24/2022 9:53:40 PM EST
Warren County Izaak Walton League is another option.  It would be about 20-25 miles south of Des Moines right next to Lake Ahquabi.  4 trap stands, at least 1 manual trap thrower, covered rifle and pistol range up to 150 yards and they have a calendar posted online for range closures and other events.  Here is the website:  


Link Posted: 8/25/2022 6:04:17 AM EST
The Colfax Gun Club is another option for shooting out to 200 meters.
Link Posted: 8/28/2022 3:35:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2022 3:49:46 PM EST
Yes but the range made changes to the direction of the shooting lanes, beefed up the berms, etc. etc.
Link Posted: 9/2/2022 3:25:34 PM EST
When I moved here about 10 years ago, and asked where to shoot my new gun, someone told me to crank a few rounds off on the east side. Seems to be valid still.  

Don't actually take that advice seriously.
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