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New Cleveland County Shooting Range Gets Grand Opening on April 19

  • 8 April 2016
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CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (April 8) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County, along with the National Rifle Association (NRA), will hold an open house with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 19 at noon to celebrate the grand opening of the Foothills Public Shooting Complex.

The event, which is open to the public, will include demonstrations on each of the ranges following the opening ceremony. Range demonstrations will include pistols, rifles, optics and archery with multiple target styles, skeet and trap. Attendees are not allowed to bring firearms, but participants will have an opportunity to try out the ranges with provided firearms.

Starting April 20, the range will open to the public with seasonal hours. In March through October, the complex will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. From November through February, the complex will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The range will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The range, which is located at 283 Fielding Road in Cherryville, has a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. 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 $10.

The Wildlife Commission and Cleveland County shared the cost of the nearly $3 million project, with the Commission using money from the Wildlife Endowment Fund, as well as a $25,000 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.

“North Carolina’s outdoor heritage is important to our quality of life and economic vitality,” said Erik Christofferson, the Commission’s chief of operations. “Partnerships like these help to insure that people across the state have safe and available facilities that support our hunting and shooting sports traditions.”         

Cleveland County provided the property for the shooting range. The county refurbished an existing house located on the property and constructed another building for restrooms and concessions. The county will handle routine maintenance of the site and will be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight of the facility.

“Cleveland County believes that more can be accomplished through partnerships,” said Johnny Hutchins, County Commissioner and Chairman of the Foothills Shooting Complex Advisory Board. “This is evident by the great working relationship that has been developed between the County and the Wildlife Commission throughout the construction phase of the project. Together we created a shooting complex that will provide a safe environment for gun owners to practice, as well as a place where youth and inexperienced adults can learn about the sport of shooting.”   

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