Shooting Ranges Open
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Shooting ranges play an important role in the success of your hunt. The sage advice to follow is "perfect practice makes perfect."

Before the opening of any gun season, it's a good idea to check to be sure that your rifle is still sighted-in. I always fire more than one shot to ensure that if the first one's dead on, it wasn't just dumb luck.

Whenever I purchase a new rifle or need to check the firing on an older one, I usually go to the Apalachicola Shooting Range. It's close to home, has a nice set up, and you can shoot rifle or pistol.

Be sure to bring your own targets. To reuse targets that aren't too shot up, I sometimes place little sticky circles over my bullet holes then keep on firing.

We feel that it is important for future generations to learn proper gun safety and shooting skills.  While home on leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, our Nephew Kenny Sullivan gave our Grandson Bryce a hands-on lesson at the Apalachicola shooting range.


One sunny Sunday we met April and Mike at the Apalachicola Range. They were sighting in Mike's bolt action .17 HMR rifle. Mike said he needed to get her "dead on" so he could do a little squirrel hunting.

Here are some public ranges in Florida that allow you to sharpen your skills or sight-in your firearms:


NORTHWEST REGION:


BAY COUNTY: 

Bay County Shooting Range
10900 Steelfield Road
Panama City Beach, FL  32413
Contact:  (850) 233-5005
Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, December 25th, January 1st.
Facility Features:
100 Yard Rifle - 16 Positions
50 yard Rifle/Handgun - 10 Positions
50 Foot Handgun - 14 Positions
Sporting Clays - 18 stations  
Targets/Refreshments in Pro-Shop 


TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE TRAP & SKEET 
Tyndall AFB Trap & Skeet 
6611 Lance Street 
Panama City, Florida 32404 
(850) 283-3855 
The range is open as follows: 
Thursdays - 3:00 p.m. to sundown; 
Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 
Sundays - noon to 4:00 p.m. 
Call for more information. 


ESCAMBIA COUNTY:

Klondike Archery Park
7200 Sparshot, Drive
Pensacola, FL 32526
Contact;  Will Burnett, (850) 256-3676
Facility Features:
Beginner Area
Target Practice Area
Elevated Bowhunting Simulation Area
Walking Course


LEON COUNTY:

Apalachicola Shooting Range
Apalachicola National Forest
Forest Road 305, off Springhill Road
GPS Coordinates:
30 22' 13.18" N
84 26' 05.48" W
Contact:  Will Burnett, (850) 265-3676
Hours:
Monday and Friday 12pm to sunset
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday sunrise to sunset.
Closed the 4th Saturday of each month until 2pm for hunter safety.
Rapid fire:  4th Thursday of each month from 1pm to 6pm.

Apalachicola Shooting Range Brochure


SANTA ROSA COUNTY:

Santa Rosa Shooting Center
6950 Quintette Road
Pace, Florida 32570
Contact:  (850) 995-9377
Hours:  Wednesdays through Sundays, 9am to 6pm.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Annual Club Memberships available.

Santa Rosa Shooting Center additional information.



NORTHEAST REGION:


INDIAN RIVER COUNTY:

Indian River County Public Shooting Range
10455 102nd Terrace
Sebastian, FL 32958
Contact:  (772) 581-4944
Hours:
Thursday - Monday from 9am to 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving; December 25th - 26th and January 1st; Easter Sunday.
Facility Features:
200 yard rifle - 2 positions
100 yard rifle - 29 positions
25 yard handgun - 35 positions
Archery Range(s) - Walk through and stationary
10 meter Air Rifle Range - 10 positions
Sporting Clays - 26 stations
5-Stand Sporting Clays
Targets/refreshments in Pro-Shop

Indian River County Public Shooting Range additional information.


MARION COUNTY:

Ocala Public Shooting Range
Forest Road 11, north of S. R. 40 in the Ocala National Forest
GPS Coordinates:
29 11' 16.64" N
81 46' 13.77" W
Contact:
Ocala Conservation Center, (352) 625-2804
Hours:
Daily from sunrise to sunset
Closed until 1pm every Wednesday to clean.
Rapid fire: 4th Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Facility Features:
100/50/25/15 yard rifle/handgun - 12 positions
Self-Service Shotgun - 1 shooting pad


NORTH CENTRAL REGION:


COLUMBIA COUNTY:

Lewis D. Whitaker Osceola Shooting Range
197 NE National Forest Road 278
Lake City, FL  32055
Off of Forest Road 278 in the Osceola National Forest, near Lake City
GPS Coordinates:
30 12' 04.33" N
82 35' 30.05" W
Contact:  Steve Robbins, Regional Hunter Safety Coordinator, (386) 758-0525
Hours:
Daily from sunrise to sunset.  Closed until noon, every Monday of every month for range maintenance.
Rapid fire:  The last Sunday of each month - range two only.  Allow a minimum of two seconds between each round on all other days.
Facility Features:
200 yard rifle - 10 positions
50 yard rifle/handgun - 10 positions
50 yard handgun - 8 positions
Archery Range - Stationary


SOUTHWEST REGION:


CHARLOTTE COUNTY:

Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range
Tucker Grade Road
Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area
Contact:  Jason Tackett, Regional Hunter Safety Coordinator, (863) 648-3200
Hours:  
Monday, Thursday:  10 am to 5 pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday:  7:30 am to 5 pm.
Last shooter registration is 4:30 pm; last shot fired is 4:45 pm.
Rapid fire:  1st and 3rd Sunday and the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Days of closure:  New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving (until noon) [for cleaning], December 25th.
Facility Features:
200 yard rifle - 5 positions
100 yard rifle - 10 positions
50 yard handgun - 12 positions
Self-Service Shotgun - 2 shooting pads


POLK COUNTY:

Tenoroc Public Shooting Range
3755 Tenoroc Mine Road
Lakeland, FL 33801
Tenoroc Fish Management Area, via Exit 38 off I-4
Contact:  Jason Tackett, Regional Hunter Safety Coordinator, (863) 648-3200
Hours:  
Monday, Thursday and Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday - 8am to 5pm
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.
Facility Features:
100 yard rifle - 24 positions
50 yard rifle - 14 positions
15 yard handgun - 9 positions
7 yard handgun - 11 positions
Trap
Sporting Clays - 16 stations
5-stand Sporting Clays
Targets/refreshments in Pro Shop


SARASOTA COUNTY:

Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range
3445 Rustic Road
Nokomis, FL  34275
Contact:  Jason Tackett, Regional Hunter Safety Coordinator, (863) 648-3200
Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on all holidays recognized by Sarasota County.
Facility Features:
100 yard rifle - 15 positions
50 yard rifle/handgun - 10 positions
25 yard handgun - 25 positions
12 yard handgun - 16 positions
Targets/refreshments in Pro Shop

Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range additional information.



SOUTH REGION:


PALM BEACH COUNTY:

Palm Beach County Shooting Park (Proposed)
12101 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Contact:  Lynne Hawk, (561) 625-5122
2016 Update - The design and permitting phase of the proposed Palm Beach County Shooting Park is complete. Construction is expected to commence in 2016. The following is a tentative completion schedule for various phases of the facility. Phase descriptions are located on the Palm Beach County Shooting Park Conceptual Plan.
Shooting Ranges and Fields:
Phase 1 2016
Phase 2 2016
Phase 3 2017
Support Structures
Phase 1 2017
Phase 2 2017/2018
Phase 3 2018
Phase 4 2018

Palm Beach County Shooting Park Site Plan





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