Anyone been to the range yet?
November 4, 2003
CONTACT: Ed Poppell (850) 413-7988
The public shooting range in the Apalachicola National Forest will reopen on Nov. 12. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) closed the range on Aug. 11 for new construction, vandalism repair and general maintenance.
According to FWC’s Ed Poppell, assistant hunter education administrator, the agency has completed the second phase of construction. The range now includes a new pistol range bullet trap, sidewalks, numbered target stations, repair on the rifle range bullet trap and a new eight-foot concrete-filled block wall separating the rifle and pistol ranges for added safety.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer range safety officer can call Ed Poppell at (850) 413-7988 for information.
Poppell asks that range users report any vandalism to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-FWCC or *FWC for cellular phone users or contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Department.
Went to the range this morning and found the improvements to be pretty nice. The right hand side is now a rifle range set up for 50 and 100 yard targets. The 100 yard berm has been replaced with concrete bullit trap.
The left hand side is set up for pistols and .22 rifles with the last three stations set up to bench rest. Targets can be set at 15, 25 and 50 yards. This side also has a concrete bullet trap at the 50 yard line.
An eight foot tall concrete filled cynderblock wall seperates the ranges so that one may go cold while the other stays active.
LOTS of nice people out there shooting today.
I stopped by this afternoon. It is a nice improvement over the way it was before.
Hopefully it will stay this way.