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Funds available for public shooting ranges

By ThisIsReno

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has a grant available of up to $80,000 for shooting range construction or enhancement. In the past, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 10 funds have been used to help support the new Clark County Shooting Park, Washoe County Regional Archery Facility, shooting ranges in Douglas, Elko and Humboldt counties and many others across the state. These projects, funded through federal excise taxes on firearms and ammunitions, must provide public shooting opportunities or Hunter Education.

Any individual or organization with a shooting range project proposal is encouraged to apply, and the following qualifications and stipulations for Section 10 funds apply:

• The range must be open to the public for free or a reasonable charge. If fees are charged the proceeds must go to maintaining or improving range facilities.
• A local government entity (city, county, township, etc.) must be willing to accept the funds, agree to oversee the project and sign a long-term agreement ensuring facility availability, operations and maintenance.
• A minimum of 25 percent match must be provided. The match can come in many forms
including cash, donated goods and/or services and volunteer time.

“NDOW’s number one priority when it comes to shooting ranges is to have an adequate number of facilities that provide safe, convenient, affordable places for the public to shoot,” said John McKay, NDOW outdoor education coordinator. “A lot of traditional shooting areas have been closed due to development, trash and other safety concerns. Our goal is to support projects that provide the public a safe place to practice recreational shooting.”

Anyone looking for more information on Section 10 shooting range grants or is interested in applying for grant should contact John McKay at (775) 688-1553 or [email protected].  A downloadable grant application can be found on the NDOW website at www.ndow.org under the Hunter Education link.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.