Trap and skeet enthusiasts have a new range to visit now that the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) Shotgun Range officially opened today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.
Speaking at today’s event, Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams said, “The shooting sports are safe, high-quality activities for families to enjoy. The Wildlife Resources Division’s program helps cultivate a life-long love of shooting and fosters a sense of conservation for generations to come.”
This range, which consists of a skeet range, trap range and 5-stand opportunities, is one of 18 shooting ranges (firearm or shotgun) currently available on public land in Georgia. Funding for the range came from the Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the National Rifle Association, Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. and Gay Construction Co.
In attendance today were representatives from funding partners and several distinguished guests, including:
- Dennis 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.
- Mike Breedlove, Breedlove Land Planning, Inc.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, shooting sports generate more than $478 million dollars in economic impact and more than 1,700 jobs in Georgia.
The CEWC Shotgun Range is located adjacent to the firearms range. The address is 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield 30055. The range will be open from 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Range users can purchase a round of 25 for $6.25 (purchases can be made at the CEWC Visitors Center).
Use of this range requires possession of a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) or other qualifying license prior to use. Be sure you have the appropriate license before visiting.
To learn more about the area, visit www.charlieelliott.org. For more information on Georgia’s public ranges (archery, firearms, shotgun), visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges.
photo: Georgia Department of Natural Resources