ROCKY POINT, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Pender County will host an open house with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the Holly Shelter Shooting Range.
The event is open to the media and invited attendees. Those in attendance will be allowed to bring firearms and use the range following the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Starting Nov. 5, the range will open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The range will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The range, which is located at 8718 Shaw Highway in Rocky Point, has a 200-yard rifle range with 12 shooting stations, a 50-yard pistol range with12 shooting stations, a target archery range and a 20-station 3D archery course.
“It’s easy to see the excitement surrounding this new shooting range,” said Erik Christofferson, the Commission’s deputy director of operations. “By working with Pender County and the National Rifle Association, we were able to create a safe environment for shooting sports enthusiasts to practice their passion.”
Pender County will oversee operation and routine maintenance of the range and will staff it with safety officers. The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use. A daily pass for the range will cost $5.
"Pender County is excited to collaborate with the Commission to provide the public access to this outstanding firing range facility,” said Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff. “The Holly Shelter property is a tremendous recreational asset in southeastern North Carolina and this is just one more way we can showcase this 50,000-acre gem and Pender County."
The Wildlife Commission funded the $1.5 million project using money from Pittman Robertson Federal Grant Funds, the Wildlife Endowment Fund and a grant from the National Rifle Association through its Public Range Fund, which was established in 2009 to provide funding for the construction of public ranges across the country.
For more information on shooting ranges in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/shootingranges.