Shooting Ranges Open
to the Public

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.

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 Northwest Florida that allow you to bone up on your skills or sight-in your firearms:

Apalachicola Shooting Range
Forest Road 305
Southwest of Tallahassee off Springhill Road in the Apalachicola National Forest
Apalachicola Shooting Range Brochure

Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range Tucker Grade Road on the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area in Charlotte County Contact: John Weatherholt (863) 648-3206

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is in the process of writing a new business plan for the operation of the Cecil M. Webb Shooting Range. Here are the draft minutes of the first fact-finding meeting in this process.

Northeast Region Indian River County Public Shooting Range 10455 102nd Terrace Sebastian, FL 32958 (772) 581-4944
Indian River County Shooting Range Brochure

Ocala Public Shooting Range Forest Road 11 (north of S. R. 40) in the Ocala National Forest (Range closed from sunrise till 1:00pm every Wednesday for maintenance) Contact: Ocala Conservation Center (352) 625-2804 GPS Coordinates: N 29 degrees 11.275 W81 degrees 46.223
Ocala Shooting Range Brochure

North Central Region Lewis D. Whitaker Osceola Shooting Range Off of Forest Road 278 near Lake City in the Osceola National Forest Contact: Steve Robbins (386) 758-0525
Osceola Shooting Range Brochure

Northwest Region FWC Public Shooting Range
6950 Quintette Road
Pace (Milton), Florida 32571
(850) 995-3636
The range is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
$10.00 per person to shoot (all-day access).
Call for more information.

Southwest Region Tenoroc Shooting Range 3755 Tenoroc Mine Road Lakeland, FL 33801 In Polk County in the Tenoroc Fish Management Area via Exit 38 off I-4 (863) 666-2500
Tenoroc Shooting Range Brochure

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.

Here is an additional source for locating shooting ranges in Florida:

(Return to HOME PAGE)

HomeUpdatesPublic Hunting Land (WMA)Boat RampsCamping Areas
Shooting RangesRegulationsSubmit Your Hunting Story/Photos
Special Events/AnnouncementsLinksFrequently Asked QuestionsContact Us
About UsSite MapPrivacy PolicyDisclaimerAdvertise With Us

Custom Search

Great Reading!

Order from Amazon
Paperback Edition
Kindle Edition

"Adventures of a Woman in the Woods"

[Short Stories]

Paperback Edition
Kindle Edition

Seth's belief that he lives in the most boring neighborhood in the most boring city in the most boring part of the state of Florida is about to change when he reads an old manuscript written by his dad. Come along on this adventurous tale of two 15-year-old boys who embark on a simple journey in 1988 to get to a party to meet up with a lifelong crush. The two boys face everything from bullies, cops, shotguns and ghosts. Find out if they made it through the night!  

Adventure, excitement & suspense!
Book #1 in the Series.

Book #2 in the Series. The adventure continues!

Children's Book
ages 9-14

Paperback Edition
Kindle Edition

Photo Gallery
Submit YOUR photo!

Florida FWC 2014-2015
Hunting Regulations Handbook

Hunting License and
Permits Information

Upcoming FWC Commission Meetings

What others are saying about our site:

"The most impressive site for information about North Florida I have found."
. . . Wayne, Alaska

"I really enjoyed the information and direction you give through your website. I have saved it to my favorites and look forward to revisiting your site."
. . . Glenn

"Bookmarking your site!"
. . . Jim

"I really appreciate the effort you have put in to your site."
. . . Albert, Afghanistan

"I really enjoy your site and check it often."
. . . Chris, DE

"Great site! Your links to camping sites provided me with dozens of new places to camp. Thanks!"
. . . Ted, FL