Many Shooting Ranges Remain Open



Many shooting ranges with public access in Ohio remain open for those who want to enjoy the shooting sports and get outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to follow all social distancing guidelines and respect other’s personal space while at a shooting range. State-owned public shooting ranges can have no more than 10 participants at a time.

A shooting range permit is required to shoot at Class A (supervised rifle and pistol), Class B (unsupervised rifle and pistol) and Class C target ranges (unsupervised clay target shotgun). A shooting range permit is not required at Class D (unsupervised archery) or other ranges not classified by the Division of Wildlife (other fees or purchases may apply).

Purchase an annual or daily shooting range permit at wildohio.gov or any location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. An annual permit costs $24 and a daily permit is $5. An annual shooting range permit and hunting license combo is available to Ohio residents for $29.12.
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Find more details on individual ranges om NW, SW and NE Ohio below. A full list of range locations is available here: http://ow.ly/yfqj50yZF1A

Northwest Ohio public shooting ranges currently open:
• Wildlife District Two office archery range (Hancock County). This range is located behind the Wildlife District Two office and is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area clay target shotgun range (Defiance County). The unsupervised clay target shotgun range is open during daylight hours and a shooting range permit is required.
• Resthaven Wildlife Area clay target shotgun range (Erie County). The unsupervised clay target shotgun range is open during daylight hours and a shooting range permit is required.

Southwest Ohio public shooting ranges currently open:
• Indian Creek Wildlife Area archery range and clay target shotgun range (Brown County). The unsupervised archery range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours. The shotgun range requires a permit and is open 9 a.m. to sunset through May 31. Hours are sunrise to sunset from June 1 to Aug. 31, and 9 a.m. to sunset beginning Sept. 1.
• Rush Run Wildlife Area shotgun range (Preble County). A shooting range permit is required. The range is open during daylight hours.
• Fallsville Wildlife Area archery range (Highland County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Wildlife District Five office archery range (Greene County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• St. Marys State Fish Hatchery archery range (Mercer County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Caesar Creek State Park archery range (Warren County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Hueston Woods State Park archery range (Butler and Preble counties). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Sycamore State Park archery range (Montgomery County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.

Northeast Ohio public shooting ranges currently open:
• Berlin Lake Wildlife Area archery range (Portage County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Grand River Wildlife clay target shotgun range (Trumbull County). This Class C range is unsupervised and open during daylight hours seven days per week. Permit is required.
• Spencer Lake Wildlife Area archery range (Medina County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Wingfoot Lake archery range (Portage County). This range is located at the Wingfoot Bowhunters Club off Old Waterloo Road, which is operated and maintained in cooperation with the Wingfoot Bowhunters Club. Open daily from October to February; open Saturdays until 2 p.m. from March to September (tournaments are typically held on Sundays). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Beaver Creek State Park archery range (Columbiana County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Geneva State Park archery range (Ashtabula County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Harrison State Forest rifle and pistol range (Harrison County). This range is unsupervised and open during daylight hours seven days per week. Permit is not required.
• Punderson State Park archery range (Geauga County). This range is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
• Fernwood State Forest rifle and pistol range (Jefferson County). This range is unsupervised and open during daylight hours seven days per week. Permit is not required.

Shooters are reminded to follow all posted rules and regulations when visiting a shooting range. Most Division of Wildlife shooting ranges are unsupervised. State-owned supervised Class A ranges (Deer Creek Wildlife Area, Grand River Wildlife Area, Woodbury Wildlife Area) are temporarily closed.

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