Shooting Ranges in North Carolina


The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission shooting ranges provide a safe, controlled, and organized environment for sportspeople and recreational shooters alike. Click for more information on each range. Consult the interactive map below for details on public and private shooting ranges throughout the state. Tap on the map below for a larger image. 

Map of North Carolina Showing Shooting Ranges by County

Shooting Range Closings

Shooting Range County Closure Dates Reason for Closure


R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Shooting Range



10/8, 10/12, 10/15, 10/19, 10/22, 10/26, 10/29, 11/02, 11/05

Staffing issues.


R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Shooting Range



10/5,10/6, 10/7, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9

Special Permit Hunts.

Lead Reclamation Project

Lead reclamation from front.   Lead reclamation from overhead.


The Commission’s shooting range program strives to implement best management practices that ensure exceptional environmental health and habitat conservation at our shooting ranges. Lead reclamation (or lead recovery) is one of best management practices that is implemented every six to eight years. Recovering lead on shooting ranges reduces the risk of ricochets, bullet fragmentation and lead mobilization in runoff. Once the bullets are removed from the berm soil using separation machinery, the lead is sent to a certified recycler to be smelted down and reused.

More than 15,000 pounds of lead was recovered and recycled from the Flintlock Shooting Range in Aug. 2019. 

2023 Top Shot Rifle Challenge

presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Date: Starts 1-1-23, Ends 11-30-23



All N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission managed shooting ranges:

  • Flintlock Valley Shooting Range
  • John Lentz Hunter Education Complex
  • Odom Shooting Range
  • R. Wayne Bailey Caswell Shooting Range
  • Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range
  • Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center


  1. Participants will shoot at 5 targets at 50 yards unsupported, and 5 targets at 50 yards supported.
  2. No lead sleds or locking devices allowed.
  3. Front supports only (bipods, bags). No rear supports (stock may not touch table).
  4. No caliber 50BMG or larger.
  5. Participants must use the targets provided at the range.
  6. All range rules must be followed.


Participants will get 10 shots to shoot at 10 targets; 5 targets will be at 50 yards sitting unsupported and 5 targets will be at 50 yards sitting front supported (bipods, bags only). Shoot each target once. Shots that miss the intended target but land on other targets will be counted only if it achieves a higher value than the previous shot at that target. Your total score will be the sum of the target numerical values. If the shot breaks the line, you will be awarded a higher value. Targets with more than 10 shots total will be disqualified.

Tie Breaker

If two participants score the same, the participant with the most bullseyes wins. If the participants have the same number of bullseyes, the participant with the most unsupported bullseyes wins.

How it Works

Participants may enter the challenge once a month. “Top shots” each month at each range will get their name engraved on a plaque displayed at the range and qualify for the statewide Top Shot Rifle Challenge held in December. To enter, ask a range staff member about the Top Shot Rifle Challenge and they will be able to assist you. Good luck!

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First time visiting our ranges or new to shooting? Check out the Commission's Shooting Range Procedures and Safety video below. 

NCWRC Target

Before you visit the range, be sure to print a target

Shooting Range Target

N.C. Shooting Ranges Map

Below is a map of public, private and NCWRC-managed/owned shooting ranges. Click on the colored circle for more information about each range.

Attention range owners: email us if you don't see your range listed, or want your existing shooting range information updated.

NOTE: The update link noted above is meant for owners of shooting ranges currently listed on our website, or for those wishing to add a new shooting range to our website and NOT for general shooting range information.

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