Ty Greenless

Area’s only public shooting range to close for a year

The area’s only public shooting range will close down Monday, Oct. 1 and remain closed for the next year as the state begins $3 million in major improvements.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will begin construction on the Spring Valley Wildlife Area Shooting Range near Waynesville, renovating the firearms and archery ranges among other improvements. The range is expected to stay closed until fall of 2019.

Other work includes improved backstops, a new entrance, new restroom facilities and additional shooting stations.

A new entrance on Houston Road will be constructed with an access road that will lead to a new parking lot. A storm water retention pond will be built to handle run off, according to Kathy Garza-Behr, a spokeswoman with the ODNR.

The new constructed shooting range will have new backstops and berms built. It will also include new shooting benches and a covered shooting line.

A new outdoor education building will be phased in at a later date. The building will be designed for indoor archery training and hunter education classes, Garza-Behr said.

The Division of Wildlife plans to spend up to $20 million over the next several years adding and renovating shooting ranges across the state.

Funding for the project comes from the Wildlife Restoration Act excise taxes collected from the sale of firearms and ammunition, as well as the sale of Ohio hunting licenses.

Shooters looking for an alternative shooting range should consider the Deer Creek Wildlife Area range, according to the ODNR.

Class A, B, and C ranges require a shooting range permit for all persons 18 years and older. Range permits are available at all hunting and fishing license outlets and online at wildohio.gov. Permits are not sold at the ranges and must be purchased before arriving.

Visitors can purchase one of two permits to use the ranges; a $24 annual shooting range permit allows the permit holder to access any of the five Division of Wildlife owned Class A, B, and C ranges throughout the year or a $5 one-day shooting range permit.

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