Shooting Ranges in North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission shooting ranges provide a safe, controlled and organized environment for sportsmen 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 map for a larger image. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Temporary Range Closings

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RangeSorted By Shooting<br>Range In Ascending Order
CountyClosure
Dates
Reason for
Closure
John Lentz Hunter Education ComplexRichmond Jan. 6, 2020 - TBAClosed until further notice due to remodeling
Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting RangeHaywoodMarch 13, 2020Due to an event, the range will close at 1 p.m.

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. 

Lentz Renovation Progress

January 2020 - Contractor is clearing trees from the areas set to be graded and erosion control measures are being put into place. Existing range backstops are undergoing a lead removal project. 

 

Tree Clearing

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.
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