Two of Georgia’s public shooting ranges located on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will close for a short period of time beginning later this month, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

The two ranges are the Richmond Hill WMA Shooting Range and the Wilson Shoals WMA Shooting Range:

  • Richmond Hill WMA Shooting Range, located in Bryan County, will temporarily close for safety reasons on May 14 due to nearby timber management.  Current plans are to re-open the 100-yard range by June 15.
  • Wilson Shoals WMA Shooting Range, located near Gainesville in Hall County, will close on May 22 only to complete improvements to this 75-yard firearms range.  These improvements include installing seating for waiting shooters, constructing a sign-in area, upgrading the restroom and installing a gun-cleaning station.

Georgia has 18 public shooting ranges (firearms or shotgun ranges) and 11 archery ranges.  To receive free updates on ranges (closures, new ranges, etc.), be sure to “click” on the red envelope at and sign up!

Range visitors should note that most areas require possession of a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) or other qualifying license prior to use.  Be sure you have the appropriate license before visiting.

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