Trap and skeet enthusiasts don't have to head far for a new range as the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opened Tuesday.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, the range, consisting of a skeet range, trap range and five-stand opportunities, is one of 18 shooting ranges currently available on public land in Georgia.
"The shooting sports are safe, high-quality activities for families to enjoy," said Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. "The Wildlife Resources Division's program helps cultivate a life-long love of shooting and fosters a sense of conservation for generations to come."
Attending Tuesday's opening were representatives from funding partners and distinguished guests including: Denis Pitts, Field Representative for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Rep. Susan Holmes, House District 125, Brian Hyder, National Rifle Association's Eastern Regional Director, Tom Gay, Gay Construction Co. and Mike Breedlove, Breedlove Land Planning, Inc.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, shooting sports generate more than $478 million in economic impact and more than 1,700 jobs in Georgia.
The CEWC Shotgun Range is located adjacent to the firearms range at 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield. The range will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Range users can purchase a round of 25 for $6.25.
Use of this range requires possession of a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass or other qualifying license prior to use.
Be sure you have the appropriate license before visiting.