The DNR has announced that Governor Eric Holcomb and and First Lady Janet Holcomb helped dedicate Indiana’s newest target shooting range at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife area Thursday.
The First Lady, who is a certified firearms instructor, took the ceremonial first shot, after which the range was opened to the public for a free target-shooting session.
“Shooting sports are an important recreational pursuit for many Hoosiers, and Janet and I are delighted to kick off the opening of this modern facility that provides a safe, attractive environment for enthusiasts,” Holcomb said.
The new range is located on a 44-acre parcel in the southeast corner of Deer Creek FWA off State Road 243.
It features 33 shooting stations at distances of 10, 25, 50 or 100 yards, plus a four-station shotgun range. A building houses range staff, retail space for associated shooting supplies and restrooms.
The entire facility also meets accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are 49 parking spaces. The project cost $2.8 million and was paid for by a combination of funds from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Planning for the public shooting range started in 2013, with construction starting in 2016. A concessionaire will manage the range for DNR. Hours of operation are 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Wednesday through Sunday.
For more information, visit deercreekrange.org or call (765) 267-3032.